Today we celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. In the middle of this generation’s epic social justice movement, we remember the work of Dr. King while looking forward to what the work of the new leaders will bring.
Need I say more?
The way this image has been propagandized is highly disturbing to me because it distracts from the real issues. This has never been about the relationship between individual officers and young Black men, but about the way in which our institutions and society protect cops, granting them license to use lethal force in ANY circumstance. Whether they do use it or decide to demonstrate “love” is irrelevant.’
I would like to add that Devonte was crying before approaching the officer while he was talking to his guardian, presumably because he was terrified. This brings the question of coercion to my mind, but I’ll let ya’ll debate over it.”
Ferguson is our Civil Rights Movement.
It is our Mississippi.
It is our Emmett Till, and our 4 Little Girls.
Ferguson is Mike Brown.
It is Oscar Grant.
It is Trayvon Martin.
It is Troy Davis, Jordan Davis, Eric Garner, George Stinney, and countless others murdered in the name of the law.
It is our March on Washington. It is our Montgomery Bus Boycott.
It is our MOVE, and it is our move.
Stand up for Ferguson.
Hands up for Ferguson.
Let’s do this.