It’s a truly sad day for the American “Justice” system.
Yesterday, as many of you know, it was a grim scene in Ferguson, Missouri, a town that has seen better days since this past August. We are all struck with grief and condolences for the family of Mike Brown, and stand perplexed as to how the man responsible for causing an entire country so much turmoil has not been brought to justice.
The Brown family released this statement in response to the charges (or lack thereof) on officer Darren Wilson:
We are profoundly disappointed that the killer of our child will not face the consequence of his actions.
While we understand that many others share our pain, we ask that you channel your frustration in ways that will make a positive change. We need to work together to fix the system that allowed this to happen.
Join with us in our campaign to ensure that every police officer working the streets in this country wears a body camera.
We respectfully ask that you please keep your protests peaceful. Answering violence with violence is not the appropriate reaction.
Let’s not just make noise, let’s make a difference.
This “mere oversight” in the system is a gross injustice not only to our country but to humanity as a whole. Until we realize what it is that brings out these demons in society, can we seek to resolve the problem. This historic day in U.S. history should stand as an example of what exactly is wrong with our collective thinking. If this isn’t evidence enough of the racial bias that many in this country experience every single day, I don’t know what else is.
Protests have broken out in Ferguson, D.C., New York and our own back yard in Oakland, Berkeley and SF.
We can only hope that the masses heed the Brown’s advice and choose to channel this frustration into a form of positive change, but only time will tell how long that can last.
I leave you with these thoughts to mull over, and the words of a man who was just as tired of the injustice he had experienced himself. The fact that these words still ring true today is just another sad example of the changes that need to take place in order to create a more peaceful and sovereign nation.