Ferguson, MO. Ferguson has been in the news for the past 10 days. Prior to that, almost nobody had heard of this suburb in the Northwest of St. Louis, Missouri.
I would like to talk about Ferguson, and the shameful killing of an unarmed black teenager at the hands of the very people that are supposed to protect him, but I am enraged and too numb to express my feelings towards this situation.
I wish this case was an isolated incident. But it sadly is not. Police brutality towards black men in the US is a well-documented subject for anyone who cares to go beyond the “classic media”.
Any black person who has ever lived in the US has a story or many of racial profiling, “driving while black” or any other ways black people in America are constantly reminded that they are “Other”… which means “not white”.
Yes, I would like to demonstrate but I am too numb.
I am too numb because not one of my white or non-black friends on Facebook has mentioned Ferguson at all. My African friends reside in several camps: the ones who are completely oblivious to what is going on, the ones who play into the character assassination done by mainstream media and chant “Why do they loot though?”, and finally the few who understand that “Injustice anywhere is a threat to Justice everywhere”- MLK, Jr.
Images in Ferguson are eerily similar to images of the Civil Rights Movement, 50 + years ago. It feels like we have not budged by one iota. Same Sh!t, Different Day.
But I am too numb to report accurately and make sense of all this senseless injustice and blatant racism. The hopelessness and despair to feel like your life is not as valued as that of your counterparts on the basis of race has gotten the best of me.
If you ask me, this rise on overt racism can be linked to who has been occupying 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue also known as The White House. But that would make me a conspiracy theorist who only sees what she wants to see. Excuse the sarcasm.
Like I said I am numb and enraged and sad. But I am mostly sad. If in the country touted as the “leader of the free world”, democracy and basic rights can be threatened so easily, what of my country, my continent? But this is too much thinking for my brain right now.
I am exhausted and scared. I am scared for the young boys I know growing up in this atmosphere of fear. I am scared for the mothers who do not know if their kids will come back at night for dinner. I am scared for all the potential Michael Brown, John Crawford, Eric Garner and Trayvon Martin.
I am sad, scared, hopeless and outraged.
There has been substantial coverage in the aftermath of the shooting of Michael Brown. I will like to share with you a curated list of articles & opinion pieces that shed more light on what is currently going on.
- A timeline recap of the events since the shooting of Michael Brown.
- When White suspects and criminals are better depicted in the media than Black victims.
- The increasing militarization of the police force in the US can be closely linked to the increase in police brutality.
- A look into the recent deaths of 4 unarmed black men at the hand of the police and why they are so problematic.
- White Privilege in America, explained by a white mother.
- A very poignant read on why everybody needs to be concerned about the events in Ferguson, MO.
- This is a good example of what Black men face in their day-to-day lives.
Finally, here is an episode of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver that manages to make you smile despite the craziness.
I hope this encourages someone to take action somewhere. Peace out.