A grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri, decided not to bring charges against a local police officer in the controversial death of Michael Brown. In this quick take, my immediate thoughts following the prosecutor’s callous statements.
Times like these, I find myself feeling like the promise of America is a lie. After horrific mass shootings that bring no changes to our insane gun laws. After our voices as people are suppressed in favor of corporate interests. And now, after another white police officer kills an unarmed young black man and walks free.
Even our president, who has experienced injustice as a black man while being the president, stands in front of us and tells us that things need to change but to stay calm; have faith in the system; trust that in America, the right thing will happen. But what a lie. It has been injustice the whole way for black people in this country.
There is no accountability when police routinely get away with murder. There is no fairness when my family, friends and neighbors are automatic suspects because of the color of their skin. There is no justice when black person after black person is shot dead by the people who are deemed untouchable in this corrupt system, and nothing ever happens.
I don’t know what we’re going to do tomorrow, and the next day and the next day to solve this. Tonight, all I know is I’m feeling dejected. I’ve had enough of the lie that there is justice for all. There isn’t. But we can’t take it anymore. [Medium | Tumblr]