There is so much that needs to be read today.
I am utterly undone: My struggle with black rage and fear after Ferguson
To ask us to be “dignified and disciplined,” to ask us to “respect the rule of law” in the face of such a mockery of justice is to ask us to affirm the path to our own destruction.
By the amazing Brittney Cooper.
It’s Incredibly Rare For A Grand Jury To Do What Ferguson’s Just Did
Former New York state Chief Judge Sol Wachtler famously remarked that a prosecutor could persuade a grand jury to “indict a ham sandwich.” The data suggests he was barely exaggerating: According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. attorneys prosecuted 162,000 federal cases in 2010, the most recent year for which we have data. Grand juries declined to return an indictment in 11 of them.
If it wasn’t clear before, it’s clear now. We were never meant to survive. The near daily murders (every 28 hours, that is) of Black folk by law enforcement and vigilante hunters let us know our place in this society. We are to be silenced, erased, destroyed.
Still, we won’t bow down.
From the Crunk Feminist Collective.
Why It’s Impossible to Indict a Cop
Wanton overpolicing had poisoned relations between the people and their government well before Darren Wilson shot dead Michael Brown. Less mediagenic than police militarization and far more insidious is law enforcement’s daily harassment of citizens for petty offenses. The local government in Ferguson has been treating its residents and neighbors less like free people with rights than like revenue milk-cows to be exploited to the max.
Something has to change.