Help Right Now In Ferguson. Michael Brown’s Parents React To Darren Wilson’s First TV Interview “How Can Your Conscience Be Clear After Killing Someone?”


 

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Here’s a way to do something for Ferguson right now: Join me in donating to one of the Ferguson-area classroom projects below.

-Rachel Sklar

 

 

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i is for iPad Mini

Hearing a book read aloud helps my students see how the words on the page can come alive in a fluid, expressive way. It provides a model of fluent reading! My students are in need of more… more

My students need 2 mini iPads and cases to have access to technology. This will allow them to listen to reading in order to implement the Common Core Standards.

 

 

#FergusonStrong with iPads for Autism

A normal day in my classroom begins when my five students with autism walk in and give me a bright “good morning!” We work hard to practice social skills, math, reading, and communication in small… more

My students need two iPads to increase engagement and communication throughout the school day.

 

 

Building A Technology Classroom in Ferguson

My classroom is a place were students can experience things that they never knew they would enjoy. They can work cooperatively to build free-standing structures out of unusual materials, design… more

My students need 6 Chrome books to complete a classroom set.

 

 

Hear All Our Voices in Ferguson

By the time they finish 3rd grade, I want my students to have a strong, unwavering writing voice. Children need to know that their stories matter. They need to know that everyone has a story, and… more

My students need 10 laptops for a classroom writing program that includes an after-school community collaborative writing group.

 

 

All About That Bass – Round Three!

My students walk into my classroom excited about learning how to play a string instrument. Some students are trying out the instruments for the very first time; others have been playing for up to… more

My students need a 1/4 sized upright string bass, a bass stand, humidifier to help eliminate potential repairs due to weather and back up strings should any break.

 

 

Promoting Success for All Students in Ferguson

From childhood the belief that ‘education is the one thing that can’t be taken from you’ has been instilled in me. People can take your fortune, home, freedom, but they cannot take your education… more

My students need stability balls to replace their classroom chairs. Studies show that when both sides of the brain are simultaneously stimulated students greatly benefit.

 

 

Tablet For Flipping The Classroom

I recently started to use the flipped classroom strategy for my science classes. The students are able to watch the lectures at their own pace and as many times as needed prior to the actual class… more

My students need a tablet that has stylus technology.

 

 

All About That Bass – Round Four!

My students walk into my classroom excited about learning how to play a string instrument. Some students are trying out the instruments for the very first time; others have been playing for up to… more

My students need a 1/4 sized upright string bass, a bass stand, humidifier to help eliminate potential repairs due to weather and back up strings should any break.

 

 

Tablets For Tots

Every morning we start the day by singing along to Will.i.am’s Sesame Streets song “What I Am”. We call this our “pump it up jam.” Much like athletes have a song to get them ready to give their… more

My students need 5 IPad mini’s, protective covers and cases

 

 

Kindergarten Confidence Through Technology!

Our classroom is a place of safety, honesty, laughter, stability and most of all equality for all my kids. Equality is not only race or gender but giving each child the opportunity to learn using…more

My students need two iPad minis with Wi-Fi.

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Michael Brown’s Parents React To Darren Wilson’s First TV Interview “How Can Your Conscience Be Clear After Killing Someone?”

 

 

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An Open Letter to White America

By 

I am sending out a call for compassion. I am sending out a call for reason. I am sending out a call for an expansion of our presence with one another. This morning, a Black woman tweeted that she thought she was okay, until she saw a group of children walking to school and burst into tears. I don’t know what it is like to live inside that sort of fear, anguish, grief, and pain.

 

I am not a parent, frightened that a child might not make it home from the store. I am not a man who knows that just walking out the door might get me shot. I am not a woman – cis or trans – who knows that asking for help from police might just get me raped or killed.

The rallying cry of “Black Lives Matter” is important because, within these systems, they clearly don’t. Black lives, in the United States, only matter to the systems of capitalism and imperialism as resources to be exploited and cast off. 

We have got to turn this around. Black. Lives. Matter.

Someone on my Facebook feed commented this week that all life is sacred, and we shouldn’t preference Black people as being special. I replied that all life is indeed sacred, but some life is more endangered. Black lives are more endangered. This is simple reality. In this, I’m not appealing to empathy or emotion, I’m drawing upon facts.

This is not something over which we can “agree to disagree.” This is a truth.

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Powerful Open Letter Ferguson Protesters Just Released to the World …..


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~~November 26, 2014~~

Ferguson protesters released an open letter Monday night after a St. Louis grand jury handed down its decision not to indict Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown.

~THE RESULTS ARE IN~

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An Open Letter from Protestors On The Grand Jury Decision

November 24, 2014

In Ferguson, a wound bleeds. For 108 days, we have been in a state of prolonged and protracted grief. In that time, we have found community with one another, bonding together as family around the simple notion that our love for our community compels us to fight for our community. We have had no choice but to cling together in hope, faith, love, and indomitable determination to capture that ever-escaping reality of justice. After 108 days, that bleeding wound has been reopened, salt poured in, insult added to the deepest of injury.

On August 9th, we found ourselves pushed into…

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The MilitantNegro™ Potpourri: Officer Darren Wilson.


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I am showing this interview with ABC News’George Stephanopoulos of killer cop Darren Wilson because it is imperative you see the lies and misinformation first hand, from the mouth of a live breathing Sociopath.

 

Sociopath definition, a person with a psychopathic personality whose behavior is antisocial, often criminal, and who lacks a sense of moral responsibility, or social conscience.

 

After watching this interview, you will see the definition fits Darren Wilson.

 

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Darren Wilson speaks publicly for the first time

Published on Nov 25, 2014

Darren Wilson speaks publicly for the first time

 

 

ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos sat down with Darren Wilson in the Ferguson police officer‘s first interview since the shooting death of Michael Brown.

 

In an exclusive interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos, police officer Darren Wilson breaks his silence about the shooting of Michael Brown.

 

Wilson told ABC News that he did not execute Brown on August 9 but was in fear for his life and was just doing his job.

 

Wilson told ABC News that Brown reached into his car and grabbed his gun. He described how Brown charged toward him and he felt that he had to shoot Michael Brown.

The interview comes a day after the grand jury’s decision not to indict Wilson in an incident that sparked national outcry.

 

Wilson did say that he was sorry for the loss of life but he would not do anything different that day. He says he has a clean conscience over his actions that day.

 

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Now that you’ve watched ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos guide this killer cop through his first of many scripted TV interviews, you’ll see what a lying piece of feces is and how the pile of feces goes about telling it’s side of the story. Problem with this set up is there is no representation for the murdered 18 year old Michael Brown. No family members present. No legal representation present. Nobody to speak for Michael Brown. A bit unfair, don’t you think?

 

(Full Video) Ferguson grand jury announcement

Published on Nov 25, 2014

St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch announces that a grand jury decided against indicting Darren Wilson.

 

 

This version of Bob McCulloch announcing the killer cop will walk scott free is interesting because it shows the crowd in Ferguson as it listens to the lies and misinformation out of the mouth of a racist prosecutor….who worked for the defense instead of the prosecution…..reminiscent of Angela Corey.

 

Legal analyst says Bob Mccullough played defense attorney not prosecutor

 

“It is Officially Open Season on Black Folks”: Legal Expert Decries Handling of Wilson Grand Jury

 

Brown’s mother reacts to grand jury decision

Published on Nov 25, 2014

The New York Times captured footage of Michael Brown’s mother and stepfather reacting to the grand jury’s decision

 

 

Darren Wilson defends shooting Michael Brown

Published on Nov 25, 2014

In an interview with ABC News, Darren Wilson says Michael Brown charged at him and acted hostile toward him.

 

 

 

Why officers like Darren Wilson are so rarely prosecuted for killing civilians

Published on Nov 25, 2014

On November 24, a grand jury decided that Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson should not be prosecuted for shooting Michael Brown. Vox’s Amanda Taub explains why it’s so rare for police officers to be prosecuted for killing civilians.

 

 

 

Riot as the Language of the Unheard: Ferguson Protests Set to Continue In Fight For Racial Justice

Published on Nov 25, 2014

http://democracynow.org – “It is not enough for me to stand before you tonight and condemn riots. It would be morally irresponsible for me to do that without, at the same time, condemning the contingent, intolerable conditions that exist in our society. These conditions are the things that cause individuals to feel that they have no other alternative than to engage in violent rebellions to get attention. And I must say tonight that a riot is the language of the unheard.” Those were the words of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in March 1968, weeks before he was assassinated. Today parts of Ferguson are still burning after a night of protests following the grand jury’s decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson, who killed Michael Brown. At least a dozen shops in the Ferguson area have been broken into and burned. A number of businesses burned for hours before firefighters arrived. We speak to Rev. Osagyefo Sekou of the Fellowship of Reconciliation and Jelani Cobb, director of the Africana Studies Institute at the University of Connecticut and a contributor to the New Yorker. “For over 100 days [the protesters in Ferguson] have been primarily nonviolent in their approach to this,” Sekou says. “They gave the system a chance, and the system broke their heart.”

 

 

 

On Tuesday, Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson sat down with ABC News, speaking publicly for the first time on the shooting death of Michael Brown. He described his side of the altercation, saying there was ‘no way’ Brown had his hands up when he was fatally shot.

 

Wilson says he couldn’t have done anything differently in his confrontation to have prevented the 18-year-old’s shooting death.

 

A grand jury on Monday declined to indict Wilson on any charges, setting off a night of angry protests, looting and gunfire in the Ferguson area.

 

ABC’s George Stephanopoulos tweet-bragged about landing the first interview with cleared Ferguson cop Darren Wilson.

 

“Just finished a more than hourlong interview with Officer Darren Wilson. No question off limits,” tweeted the co-host of Good Morning America on Tuesday.

 

 

The interview led off World News with David Muir Tuesday night, with Wilson insisting to Stephanopoulos that he had no choice but to shoot, Brown was huge and intimidating, that he had grabbed Wilson’s gun and punched him, and that he, Wilson, feared Brown would kill him.

 

When asked if he would be haunted by the incident, Wilson said, “I don’t think it’s a haunting; it’s always going to be something that happened.

 

“The reason I have a clean conscience is I know I did my job right,” he said.

 

Wilson said he asked himself if he could legally shoot Brown. “I thought, ‘I have to. If I don’t, he will kill me if he gets to me.’ “

 

 

Over the weekend, CNN’s Reliable Sources host Brian Stelter reported that Stephanopoulos was one of several major news anchors who had met secretly with Wilson for off-the-record chats aimed at persuading the officer, then in hiding, to grant his first interview after the grand jury decision was rendered.

 

Stephanopoulos appears to be the winner of the coveted “get” but others who were angling included Matt Lauer of NBC, Scott Pelley of CBS, and Anderson Cooper and Don Lemon of CNN.

 

The get is likely to add to ABC’s bragging rights over GMA, which has toppled NBC’s long-leading Today show in the morning-show ratings.

 

And it’s a major coup for Stephanopoulos, who first came to America’s attention as a young, brash political operative in 1992.

 

As communications director during Bill Clinton’s first winning presidential campaign, and early in Clinton’s first term, Stephanopoulos was known for testy jousting with reporters, until he got fed up and quit. Later, in his memoir, All Too Human: A Political Education, he described White House pressures so great he became depressed and his face broke out in hives.

 

Contributing: Melanie Eversley, Associated Press

 

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President Obama Issues a Statement on the Ferguson Grand Jury Decision

Published on Nov 24, 2014

Tonight, the President spoke to the American people following the announcement of the grand jury’s decision in the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. November 24, 2014.

 

 

Friend of Darren Wilson: ‘Sigh of relief’ after grand jury decision

Published on Nov 25, 2014

A spokeswoman for a Darren Wilson support group speaks to CNN about the grand jury’s decision to not indict the officer.

 

 

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Now lets get to some facts. 

911 Convenience Store Call Tapes:

The 911 call from the convenience store owner, that set in motion Michael Brown’s murder, you know the 911 call that the convenience store owner publicly said he never made, the same 911 call that Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson said on August 9th, the day Michael Brown was murdered by killer cop Darren Wilson, was never made to Ferguson 911 dispatch…where are those 911 call tapes? Since Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson, NOW says that 911 call was what alerted the Ferguson police to Michael Brown. Where is THAT 911 call tape?

 

The Ferguson PD dispatch has released radio chatter describing exactly what Michael Brown was wearing, but there is NO 911 CALL FROM THE CONVENIENCE STORE OWNER saying he was robbed or strong armed in any manner. WHY? It took ‘em 6 weeks to cook up this bull shit.

 

Grand Jury:

It has been said by County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch that the juror’s on this grand jury met a grand total of 25 days. It took ‘em over 100 days to reach a decision, although they met to discuss this case 25 days total. Mmmmm. Why? Did it take 75 days to create a plausible lie about the facts, so Darren Wilson could be exonerated? Here’s the thing about a grand jury, they are not the end all be all when it comes to bringing an accused to trial. A grand jury is charged with the responsibility of determining IF THERE IS ENOUGH EVIDENCE TO TAKE DARREN WILSON TO TRIAL. Not guilt or innocence or probable cause. 

 

Let me repeat that: A grand jury is supposed to find enough evidence to warrant a trial. Thats ALL. If there is enough evidence for a trial, they decide to indict based on THAT reason alone. Grand juries do not give a flying you know what about guilt, innocence or probable cause.  IS THERE ENOUGH EVIDENCE FOR A TRIAL is all a grand jury is concerned with finding for a indict decision.

 

Hope that is crystal clear to all you misinformed misguided Fox News listeners.

 

Another fact: a grand jury is not the last stop in taking an accused to trial. A grand jury can decide not to indict and a “county prosecutor” can decide to try a case at his/her discretion. In most cases a grand jury is not even convened, instead a preliminary hearing is held before a judge. Bob McCulloch very well could still take killer cop Darren Wilson to trial. Yes. I Know. A pipe dream of mine.

 

I guess I am done with this. The disgust I feel for AmeriKKKa is palatable.

 

St. Louis riot police pepper spray protesters blocking highway

 

 

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Enough Is Enough! Secure Justice For Mike Brown & Advance Police Reform.


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Enough is Enough! Secure Justice for Mike Brown & Advance Police Reform

Mothers should never have to fear that our children could come to harm at the hands of those charged with protecting them.  And yet, today’s refusal by a St. Louis County grand jury to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the killing of Mike Brown is an apparent miscarriage of justice. It reinforces the all too familiar narrative of lives cut down by those entrusted with protecting and serving – a story of racial profiling and police brutality.

 

The numbers do not lie:  Black people are three times more likely than White people to be killed when they encounter the police in the US, and Black teenagers are far likelier to be killed by police than White teenagers.

Across the country, we need a higher standards of policing, with strengthened accountability mechanisms, and critical reforms that end biased racial profiling, police brutality, and militarized policing targeting African American and Latino youth, families, and communities.

 

*Join us — and ColorOfChange — in calling on the U.S. Department of Justice to take action by signing on our open letter. Just fill out the form to add your name. You can also add a personal comment using the box provided.

 

Here’s the open letter we’ll send to the Obama administration and US Department of Justice.

 

Dear President Barack Obama and US Attorney General Eric Holder,

 

I urge you to do everything in your power to secure justice for Mike Brown and an end to the nationwide crisis of discriminatory police violence. A St. Louis Grand Jury has refused to indict Officer Darren Wilson who targeted and killed 18-year-old Black teenager, Mike Brown, more than 3 months ago.

 

Numerous eye-witnesses say Mike Brown was brutally murdered — fatally shot more than 6 times as the 18-year-old teenager stood with his hands in the air. His family called it an execution. Now, Missouri Governor Nixon, County Attorney Robert McCulloch, and Missouri law enforcement have failed our country.

 

I call on you to arrest and prosecute Officer Darren Wilson to the fullest extent of federal law, and to defend protesters 1st amendment right to free speech. Unless you take action, Officer Wilson will remain free and law enforcement across the country will be vindicated in their discriminatory and violent targeting of Black Americans.

 

No parent should ever experience the agony of losing a child to discriminatory police violence — only to be denied justice for their devastating loss. But according to FBI statistics, law enforcement kill Black Americans at nearly the same rate of Jim Crow Era lynching. This devastating crisis cannot continue.

 

We are in a historic time; Mike Brown’s death has inspired a powerful, youth led movement to end the nationwide crisis of police brutality and what you do in this moment will have a major impact on the future of racial profiling and police brutality in America. As President and US Attorney General, you have both the power and responsibility to secure justice for Mike Brown and systemic reforms to law enforcement. I urge you to take definitive action to indict Officer Darren Wilson and to overhaul the policies and practices that led to Mike Brown’s death, as well as those that perpetuate the nationwide crisis of discriminatory policing.

 

Sincerely,

[YOUR NAME]

 

BREAKING – No indictment. Enough is enough.

MomsRising.org

Just last Thursday, days before a grand jury failed to indict the killer of 18-year-old Michael Brown and just 6 miles from my home, unarmed Akai Gurley was shot and killed without warning by the New York Police Department. The officer who shot Akai told police officials that he was “nervous.” Akai’s 2-year-old daughter will never see her father again, and neither will his family.

 

Mothers should never have to fear that our loved ones could come to harm at the hands of those charged with protecting them. And yet, the reality is that 18-year-old Michael Brown’s death is just one chapter in the ongoing and growing narrative of lives impacted by racial profiling and police brutality.

 

The numbers don’t lie: Studies show that, even though White Americans outnumber Black Americans fivefold, Black people are three times more likely than White people to be killed when they encounter the police in the US, and Black teenagers are far likelier to be killed by police than White teenagers.

 

*Make your voice heard! In the wake of the failure to indict the police officer who shot and killed unarmed teen Michael Brown, we call on the Department of Justice and President Obama to take definitive action

 

It’s now up to the Department of Justice and President Obama to take definitive action to indict Officer Darren Wilson, as well as to advance higher standards of policing, with strengthened accountability mechanisms, and critical reforms that end racial profiling, police brutality, and militarized policing targeting African American and Latino youth, families, and communities.

 

All over the country, there have been a slew of unarmed African American and Latino youth and parents killed by police, including:

 

  • Eric Garner, husband and father, who was choked to death in New York.
  • John Crawford, who was shot to death when he picked up a toy gun that was for sale in an Ohio Walmart.
  • Seventeen-year-old unarmed Jesús Huerta was shot to death while handcuffed in the back of a police car.
  • Eighteen-year-old unarmed Ramarley Graham who was shot to death in Bronx, NY

 

Racially-motivated police violence has no place in law enforcement. Yet the St. Louis Post Dispatch‘s editorial board found that all too often racial profiling is done by Missouri law enforcement and the stats are getting worse over time. Here’s what the St. Louis Post Dispatch’s editorial board wrote:

 

“Last year, for the 11th time in the 14 years that data has been collected, the disparity index that measures potential racial profiling by law enforcement in the state got worse. Black Missourians were 66 percent more likely in 2013 to be stopped by police, and blacks and Hispanics were both more likely to be searched, even though the likelihood of finding contraband was higher among whites.

 

…In Ferguson, the city where Michael died, the police in 2013 pulled over blacks at a 37 percent higher rate than whites compared to their relative populations. Black drivers were twice as likely to be searched and twice as likely to be arrested compared to white drivers.”

 

Racial profiling and excessive use of force by the police in Missouri, and in other communities across the nation, must end and perpetrators must be held accountable.

 

Enough is enough.

 

At the national level, we need higher standards of policing, strengthened accountability mechanisms, and critical reforms to end: Racial profiling, police brutality, and militarized policing targeting African American and Latino youth, families, and communities throughout our country.

 

*Don’t forget to sign on with us to say: Families call on the U.S. Department of Justice and the Obama administration to take action now: MomsRising.org

 

Together, we are a strong voice for women and families

 

- Monifa, Kristin, Felicia, Nate, Donna, Anita, and the MomsRising Team

 

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ColorOfChange.org: Memo To Reporters Covering The Protests In Ferguson.


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Memo to Reporters Covering the Protests in Ferguson

 

ColorOfChange.org calls for fair and honest media coverage of Michael Brown protests

 

November 24, 2014

For Immediate Release

 

Contact:

 

Madison Donzis, madison@fitzgibbonmedia.com, 210.488.6220

 

CJ Frogozo, cj@fitzgibbonmedia.com, 310.570.2622

 

New York, NY — ColorOfChange.org, the nation’s largest online civil rights organization, is urging both local and national media to be particularly mindful of their coverage of the protests in Ferguson, Missouri and across the country in the wake of the grand jury’s impending decision regarding Officer Darren Wilson.

 

Recognition of the dangers posed by a hostile media climate for Black people is crucial at this very important juncture in our nation’s history. In the wake of yet another young life lost to police violence, hundreds of thousands have taken to the streets to express their outrage and demand better of law enforcement, as well as our justice system. This is a constitutional right. Our media should aid in the protection of those rights, rather than contribute to a racist drumbeat against them.

 

It is also important to recognize how our media impacts the perceptions of its audience. Research shows there are dire consequences when stereotypical images of Black people rule the day; less attention from doctors, harsher sentences from judges, and abusive treatment by police, just to name a few. Rather than feeding into the hostile media climate that contributed to the deaths of Michael Brown, Renisha McBride, Eric Garner, and so many others, we should use this opportunity to forge a fair and humanizing media landscape for Black people.

 

We ask that any journalists reporting on the important events in Ferguson and across the country take the following into consideration:

 

Cultural bias in our media and society persistently excuses the name calling of people of color, resulting in very real, sometimes deadly consequences. We must be vigilant in rooting out the use of coded, racialized language in news coverage. To be clear, the protesters in Ferguson are exercising their constitutional rights. More importantly, they are human beings, not the “thugs,” “rioters,” “criminals,” or “animals” our media has routinely described them as. Yet, when a predominantly white mob erupted into a full scale riot during a pumpkin festival in New Hampshire last month, the media called them “rowdy, mischievous revelers.” The double standard would be laughable if weren’t so incredibly dangerous.

 

Name calling on the part of our news media spinsa narrative of dehumanization and degradation that threatens the lives of communities of color, one not unlike that which led to the Michael Brown and Eric Garner tragedies in the first place. The demonization of Black folks and their allies contributes to a hostile, dangerous media landscape that actually threatens lives.

 

The state violence on display in Ferguson against protesters is inexcusable, and should concern us all. The over-militarized police there waved and pointed guns at protesters and drove through neighborhoods in tanks, unnecessarily heightening an already-tense situation. But too often, journalists and news organizations turn Black communities into enemy combatants in their own neighborhoods by focusing almost exclusively on alleged acts of violence perpetrated by a small minority of protesters, crafting a deceptive narrative that vilifies Black people and their allies, and threatens their lives.

 

Here’s the truth: for years, Department of Defense programs have supplied local law enforcement in places like Ferguson with the same weaponry used by US Armed Forces in war zones. Rather than devoting their energies to building a healthy relationship with the communities they serve, precincts across the country are loading up on armored tanks and tear gas. It’s an incredibly dangerous, unhealthy state of affairs that deserves a prominent place in any substantive conversation about the unrest in Ferguson.

 

Black people are not to blame for police brutality, nor do they deserve it. Yet, media outlets, and talking heads like former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, point to so-called “black-on-black crime” as an excuse for the consequence-less murder of Black people by law enforcement. As Michael Eric Dyson eloquently explained to Mayor Giuliani on Meet the Press last Sunday, the issue at hand is that America has a serious problem with letting white people get away with the murder of Black people, especially agents of the state like Officer Darren Wilson. To somehow point the finger at Black people and blame them for their own oppression and injustice is not a valid critique. Rather, as Dyson asserted, it only exemplifies “the defensive mechanism of white supremacy.”

 

The VAST majority of Ferguson protesters are peaceful. Yet somehow, the stories coming out of many major media outlets paints a picture of total lawlessness, undermining the real work being done on the ground to bring attention to the very legitimate concerns of hundreds of thousands of people. The implication is that these efforts are largely violent, senseless, and deserve to be dealt with harshly. This could not be further from the truth. These stereotypical portrayals of Black people shape perceptions that, when acted upon, can mean real life harm for Black people.

 

Ferguson protesters have taken to the streets to assert that Black lives matter; that Black folks cannot be killed with impunity. The suggestion that these motivations lack legitimacy are unacceptable and contribute to a hostile media climate for Black people.

 

The opinions of protesters, activists, and Michael Brown’s parents matter, too. The situation in Ferguson has ignited an intense, national conversation around a host of very important topics. It is imperative that our news media present fair, even-handed coverage. The marginalization or complete shutting out of the voices and opinions of those sympathetic to the concerns of protestors or victims of police violence is all too common, and totally unacceptable.

 

Structural racism tells the FULL story. Yet, oftentimes our media conversation begins and ends with individual acts of racism, outright dismissals of racism, or the notion that racism now exists in our cultural rearview, and is no longer relevant to today’s world. According to a recent report from Race Forward, the majority of today’s news media is not systemically aware, ignoring or omitting engagement with the policies and practices that lead to the racial disparities at the heart of situations like the one in Ferguson. It is critical that we inject the realities of structural racism into the national conversation, and hold media outlets that refuse to do so accountable.

 

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With over 900,000 members, ColorOfChange.org is the nation’s largest online civil rights organization.

 

Thank you ColorOfChange.org

 

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