Tuesday, November 25, 2014

There's no room for silence

I watched the press conference announcing there would be no indictment of Darren Wilson and I cried. I knew this is how it would turn out but I had harbored a vague hope that I would be wrong and the grand jury in Ferguson would do the right thing and indict him. Even I, someone who has no education in aspects of law, know that there was enough evidence to charge him and send this case to trial. I can't wrap my head around how the members of the grand jury couldn't see that as well in spite of the prosecutor. Please, don't even get me started on the prosecutor. He should have recused himself and a special prosecutor should have been appointed and I am aghast that none of these things happened and that Darren Wilson is a free man today.

Facebook and Twitter reactions were swift. I broke the number one rule of the internet by reading the comments on posts and blogs and my faith in humanity dive bombed out the window. The sheer ignorance being displayed made my stomach hurt and my heart shatter.

We have to do better. America in 2014 (almost 2015) should not look anything like America in the 60s but sadly, it looks worse. It's like America as a country is steadily going backwards.

I don't have answers. I have a lot of questions, I have thoughts, I have ideas but I don't have answers as to how to dismantle this privileged system. All I can do, at this point, is keep moving forward, have the difficult conversations with my daughter, keep fighting against the cruel injustices and hope like hell that her generation does a better job with race relations than ours has or the ones before us.

GIST - The Sunday Edition # 175

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