Where is hope when images of men and women are shown again and again as they're beaten, tasered or killed by police and become so commonplace that our hearts and minds become numb to it?
Prayers came in from protestors, police, clergy, supporters and people who have been watching and praying from all over the world. It was Just amazing.
Since Aug. 9 the public has been misled into equating "justice" for Michael Brown with a grand jury indictment against his killer, Ferguson officer Darren Wilson. But an indictment is not the justice Brown supporters are searching for, and its constant positioning as such by the media is tremendously damaging and dangerous.
There are two ironclad requisites for a federal prosecution of a police officer for the criminal use of deadly force. One is that there has to be solid proof that the officer acted either with racial animus or with reckless intent to cause malice to an individual. The other requisite is there has to be a compelling interest.
The way forward on Ferguson are negotiations that bring about fundamental changes in policing, governance and the economy in the St. Louis region, changes that dismantle structures that exclude African-Americans in St. Louis from economic opportunity and entangle in them in a broken criminal justice system.
Here's what I'm doing -- as a white, middle-aged, middle-class clergywoman, 552 miles from Ferguson -- to prepare for the moment when the announcement is made. While your own choices about what to do will likely be different, depending on who and where you are, I encourage you to make plans in advance, hoping for the best and preparing for the worst.
It would be comforting to think that life and death decisions are made more deliberately than traffic navigation, but this is not the case. Indeed, they are often at least as rushed and impulsive, with emotions running overwhelmingly high.
Community and civil rights organizations are exhorting African American voters to go to the polls in the mid-term elections by pointing out that when African Americans don't vote they get outcomes like Ferguson, Missouri. Republicans think that reference to Ferguson is "inflammatory." It's not the least bit "inflammatory."
Ferguson is a little over a three and half-hours drive from Kansas City, where Jackie Robinson began his baseball career; he started in the Negro Leagues as a member of the Kansas City Monarchs. October 24, 2014 marks the 42nd anniversary of Robinson's death -- significant because that is the number that Robinson wore.
Dear White People is sure to become both a cult hit and a staple on college campuses across the country, and I'm glad for it since the movie ultimately ends with more questions than answers. And with an issue as multi-faceted as racism, that is as it should be.
Because we have already called for an end to mass incarceration, but, though there has been progress, our elected local, state and especially federal officials haven't gone far enough.
I am deeply troubled by your sudden quietness in the midst of such powerful youth activism against police brutality and state violence. The killing of Mike Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, has awakened a movement, yet you are silent. Other members of the black entertainment industry have contributed in various ways, yet you are ghost.
Most of the rank-and-file conservatives with whom we might interact get their information from conservative media sources. Republican politicians are ensconced within it as well. Inside the walls of that closed environment, facts that do not jibe with conservative ideology or the conservative interpretation of events are twisted, turned on their head, or simply ignored.
We caught "Brownie," as Bush called him, on the air saying he doesn't want "stupid people" to vote, because they're "more likely than not to vote for a Democrat."
With continued officer-involved shootings, attempts at voter suppression, and ongoing racial and economic disparities, it is easy to push voting to the side. But it is precisely because of tragedies like the deaths of young Michael Brown in Ferguson and Eric Garner in Staten Island, and because of an unequal educational and employment system, that we need to show up at the polls.
During the Weekend of Resistance, activists joined many actions planned by the youth organizers. On Friday, October 10, despite an intense rainstorm, hundreds marched in Clayton, Missouri demanding that the county prosecutor step down.