First of all, our thoughts and prayers go out to the mother, father and family of Michael Brown. There are no words of comfort that can ease the loss of your beloved child. Though we did not know Michael, we are grateful for his life, and certainly his death is not in vain. Our hearts are broken as a nation and the world watches on.
There is no turning back the clock on the outpouring of anger and emotion that has swept across our streets and homes, particularly in Michael’s Ferguson community. There is also no turning back the clock on the demand for a change in the tactics of some law enforcement around the country. Countless young men and women have lost their lives arguably because they were instantly judged and sentenced to death merely by the color of their skin.
In 2014, this trial by skin color must change, and we are the ones here to change it. Many people through the years have asked what happened to the revolutionaries? Who among the people today will stand for a cause? Will the children ever know what generations past went through to give them the freedoms afforded today? I believe we are witnessing the answer. Crowds of youth refuse to go unheard. Children barely old enough to walk are marching along with their parents in Ferguson. The unchecked killing, harassment, disrespect and brutality of our young people across the nation IS the civil rights issue of our time.
So where do we go from here? While much media attention has been paid to what happens in Ferguson after dark, during the day, thousands exercise their first amendment right to peacefully assemble. Countless others across the nation march in solidarity, write letters in solidarity, sign petitions in solidarity, and get organized in solidarity.
Where do we go from here? We are living the answer. May our nation become better as a result.
May all life become valued as a result.
What are your thoughts on the Ferguson protests, and protests that are happening around the nation?
– Contributing Editor – H. Muhammad