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December 1, 2014
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Ferguson: Failure To Prosecute

Editor’s Note: Following my posts about the Ferguson grand jury decision, a few people have asked why I — and many, many others — still say an injustice occurred. This series of posts attempts to offer some answers.

“The process is broken,” said Brown family attorney Benjamin Crump, after the Ferguson grand jury’s decision not to indict Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown. St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch “broke” the grand jury process in Ferguson, perverted it, and turned it into a farce.

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November 28, 2014
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Digest for November 26th through November 28th

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for November 26th through November 28th:

November 26, 2014
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Digest for November 26th

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for November 26th from 11:42 to 11:52:

  • Ferguson grand jury decision: between the lines of the St Louis County prosecutor’s announcement – St Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch announced on Monday that Darren Wilson would not be charged for the fatal shooting of teenager Michael Brown. In a remarkable 20-minute tirade, McCulloch lashed out at protesters, as well as the ‘insatiable’ media appetite for information. Here’s the story behind what he said.
  • Please Stop Telling Me That All Lives Matter – When I say "Black lives matter," it is because this nation has a tendency to say otherwise. Racial discrimination does affect all minorities but police brutality, at such excessive rates, does not.
  • 12 Things White People Can Actually Do After the Ferguson Decision – This cannot simply be about performing change and solidarity; it cannot be about doing without accountability and sacrifice.
  • Michael Brown Wasn’t a Superhuman Demon – To his friends, Michael Brown was a “gentle giant”—a “quiet person with a wicked sense of humor.”
  • Racial Fearmongering and Ferguson: US Stereotype of “violent” African-American Men as old as Slavery – The public stereotyping of black American males still justifies the use of lethal force against them by authorities at increasingly alarming levels. And as long as racial fear can be used to justify that force, killings like that of Brown will continue.
  • Darren Wilson’s Testimony Reads Like Ramblings of a Paranoid White Supremacist – The absurd, unfathomable, and fantastical story which Wilson spun out of the whole cloth in order to justify killing an unarmed black teenager combines the deepest and ugliest white supremacist stereotypes and fantasies about black folks' humanity such as the negro fiend", "black beast", and "giant negro", with white racist paranoiac thinking, and dialogue from blaxploitation movies.
  • Thanksgiving #Ferguson – This is a strange year, even an awful one, to celebrate Thanksgiving. A grand jury's refusal to indict Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson has crystallized ugly truths. Many Americans feel unsafe in their own neighborhoods, not despite law enforcement but because of it. In some places, the police seem, and act, like an occupying force. If the law does not represent you, but only governs you, you are a subject, not a citizen.
  • 8 positive things you can do in response to Ferguson – Monday, a grand jury decision not to indict Darren Wilson for fatally shooting Michael Brown sparked protests across the country.

    There are many things each of us can do to support communities of color and make sure police brutality and violence against black youth no longer go unpunished. Here’s how you can help:

November 25, 2014
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Digest for November 25th

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for November 25th from 12:57 to 13:12:

  • ‘Fanciful and not credible’: CNN legal analyst destroys Darren Wilson’s testimony – CNN legal analyst Sunny Hostin ripped St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch for asking Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson “softball” questions during the cross examination of his testimony, which she called “fanciful and not credible.”
  • Taking Note: How Darren Wilson Saw Michael Brown in Ferguson – In his testimony, he said the unarmed teenager “looked like he was almost bulking up to run through the shots.”
  • Ferguson and American Racism After the Killer of Michael Brown Goes Free – This is a sad day. The grand jury’s decision is yet another sign that all of America’s sons’ lives are not yet valued equally in the eyes of our courts. All of America’s fathers, mothers and children should stay outraged
  • Being Black, the Real Indictment in Ferguson and the USA – Now that the grand jury has returned with their decision on the extrajudicial killing of Michael Brown, we should be reminded that even though Darren Wilson was not indicted, Blackness was certainly indicted by the grand jury. Black Americans have been reminded again that their lives are regarded as of little worth. However, the burden of what needs to be done to change this issue is not a Black problem.
  • Most White People in America Are Completely Oblivious – Black people have to learn everything about white people just to stay alive. White people just don't get that.
  • A Sad Night for America – Many black families woke up this morning knowing that the lives of their children are worth less than the lives of white children in America. The deep distrust of law enforcement in their own communities that so many African Americans feel just got deeper last night — 108 days since the killing of unarmed teenager Michael Brown — when the prosecuting attorney announced the decision not to subject the police officer who killed Brown to a trial where all the facts could be publicly known and examined.

November 25, 2014
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Digest for November 25th

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for November 25th from 10:34 to 10:36:

  • As a White, Teenage Girl I Experienced a Kind of Privilege Michael Brown Could Never Imagine – Please don't tell me this isn't about race. Of course it's not just about race — it's also about socioeconomic status, it's about the unchecked abuse of power — but it is, definitely and without question, also about race. It is about deeply inherent, institutional racism. It is about a fear of young black men. It is, arguably, about just how dark Michael Brown's skin happened to be.
  • Ferguson: No Shortcuts to Justice – Shortcuts almost always end up creating more problems than they solve. St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch took a shortcut through Ferguson. The results have been catastrophic.
  • What It Takes To Convict A Killer Cop – More often than not, when an officer kills a person they suspect of committing a crime, it's difficult to get that cop indicted, let alone convicted. Officer-involved killings are hard to track, and if any punishments are meted out, the information often gets "buried in police department bureaucracies," American Civil Liberties Union spokeswoman Alexandra Ringe told The Huffington Post.
  • On the Darren Wilson Grand Jury Decision – The grand jury's decision is yet another sign that all of America's sons' lives are not yet valued equally in the eyes of our courts. All of America's fathers, mothers and children should stay outraged and in motion for progress until we are finally what we say we are: One Nation, Under God, Indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for All.
  • No Indictment for Darren Wilson, No Justice for Black Lives – Protesters in Ferguson should not be calm, as they have been admonished by everyone from the president on down. Michael Brown doesn’t need calm. Black boys and girls who grow up in America need their lives to be respected. They need justice.

November 25, 2014
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Digest for November 25th

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for November 25th from 10:22 to 10:33:

November 25, 2014
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Digest for November 21st through November 25th

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for November 21st through November 25th:

November 20, 2014
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Preparing For Injustice vs. Preparing for Justice in Ferguson

In Ferguson, Missouri, citizens and activists prepare for injustice, while government and law enforcement prepare for outraged reaction to injustice. But what about preparing for the justice Ferguson, and America, really needs?

As it waits to hear whether the grand jury will indict officer Darren Wilson in the death of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown, Ferguson is preparing for the worst: that the grand jury will decide not to indict Wilson, leading to more outrage and unrest in the streets of Ferguson. Continue Reading →

November 19, 2014
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Digest for November 19th

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for November 19th from 11:05 to 12:34:

November 19, 2014
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Forward From Ferguson

The goals of the post-Ferguson movement for justice must reach beyond whether the grand jury indicts officer Daren Wilson in the death of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown. Too much depends upon its success.

Over 100 days ago officer Darren Wilson shot and killed Michael Brown. In the aftermath, the streets of Ferguson resembled a war zone. Today, Ferguson is preparing for war again. As the city awaits the grand jury’s decision, citizens and law enforcement are arming and preparing for the worst.

In the days, weeks, and months to come, anger over the absence of justice must not overshadow the changes we must continue to fight for after the Ferguson grand jury makes its decision. Continue Reading →

November 17, 2014
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Digest for November 17th

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for November 17th from 14:00 to 14:04:

November 17, 2014
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Digest for November 13th through November 17th

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for November 13th through November 17th:

  • The Two Types of “Black Church” and Why I Left the First One – … despite the differences in beliefs, bank statements and interpretations of the bible, all the black churches I encountered during my tenure as a resident musician were either severely disconnected from the political systems that surrounded it, traditionalist to the point of oppressive, devaluing women in the way their leadership structure was organized, obsessed with demonizing and degrading homosexuality or just way to deep and prophetic, speaking more words in tongues than English.
  • Every Child is Equal – Do you know by looking at a child who they will turn out to be?
  • Gay Marriage Issue Squarely Before High Court – Appeal by lesbian couple from Michigan puts gay marriage issue squarely before high court.
  • People Want Flexible Work Hours – In the November/December issue of the Washington Monthly, Judith Warner of the Center for American Progress has a piece on the importance of passing national paid family leave legislation. Parents are more involved in their children's lives than ever but they've never had less time to tend to their families. The resulting stress is reducing female participation in the economy and is now reportedly becoming a big problem for men, as well.
  • Op-Ed Columnist: Race, to the Finish – Let’s review how we got to this point where African-Americans vote so overwhelmingly Democratic and are suspicious of Republican motives.

November 13, 2014
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Digest for November 13th

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for November 13th from 12:28 to 12:42:

November 12, 2014
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Digest for November 12th

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for November 12th from 11:32 to 11:41:

November 11, 2014
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Digest for November 11th

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for November 11th from 12:45 to 13:05:

November 10, 2014
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Digest for November 10th

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for November 10th from 14:01 to 14:12: