Decades of segregation and inequality in Ferguson, as well as most American metropolitan areas, have fostered a racial inequality exacerbated by the criminalization of not just poverty, but the criminalization of black and brown bodies. Too many whites are too willing to believe that a black body poses a threat.
It's hard to continue. I wish it was my kids' bedtime. I wish the dishes were done. I wish the house was clean. I wish America wasn't racist. I wish Mike Brown was in police custody. I wish Darren Wilson admitted guilt. I wish America admitted guilt.
My daughter and I were standing in the middle of the baseball field in Inwood Hill Park, looking up at the stars, when something told me to check to see if the decision was finally announced. "NO INDICTMENT" stared back at me, taunting. I fell to my knees, crying. Yet again I was that kid watching an injustice occur right before my eyes and feeling helpless to do anything about it.
The gradual ground we have gained regarding our civil rights should not be confused with the literal stalemate we have had with the U.S. justice system regarding our human rights for more than 200 years.
Having failed so miserably earlier this month to express our justified anger at the ballot box, this Thanksgiving weekend, along with its Black Friday promotions, throughout the holiday season, and for whatever necessary days or months to come, we have been given the opportunity to express our justified rage, anew.
I don't think the fate of Darren Wilson as a human being really means anything to the ruling class. At the end of the day, people like Bob McCulloch aren't protecting Wilson so much as the system that he stood for.
This is a sad day. 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.
Last year, Mazy was aware and confident enough in herself, after coping with a lot of self-shame and bullying, to share with her family, second grade class and elementary school that she had always known she was a girl.
We are in a state of emergency, a time of challenge and controversy, but not because of the protestors. That state of emergency will continue until we stand, become uncomfortable, and demand a justice system that addresses the manifestation of pain in protest, the further chipping away of respect, and the real state of emergency our country faces.
This is consistent with the cultural logic that makes it okay in America to use brutal force when confronted by a Black villain. Thus, how can a grand jury indict Officer Darren Wilson when he was battling The Hulk?
We now all have the chance to examine the evidence -- released last night -- in the grand jury's decision not to indict white police officer Darren Wilson, who fired multiple bullets into Michael Brown. But the verdict on America's criminal justice system is already in for many Americans: guilty, for treating young black men differently than young white men.
I can't speak. My country has scarred me once again. How can I go to work in the morning on a train full of people who care not? At a workplace of people who missed the story because of football or reality television?
Perhaps the call to examine this one case would be understandable if justice came more often, but we've seen these unjust acts in communities of more color for far too long.
On March 22, 1991, a visibly shaken and angered President George H.W. Bush said he was "sickened and outraged" by what he saw on television. That was the beating of black motorist Rodney King by a swarm of LAPD cops.
The convenient spectacle of "violence in the streets" obscures the perpetuation of "structural violence" everywhere.
These things happen all the time, right? They will happen forever, right? It's nice to think they won't. It's probably best to think life won't always be like this. Optimism is good. But I know I'm going to have to tell my future children about this country. What should I tell them?
The tragedy of Michael Brown's death, unarmed and shot by a member of the Ferguson police, is now followed by the tragic failure of the local courts to force the policeman to stand trial. This cannot stand without a measure of accountability. And on that score look no further than the prosecutor's office.
Deep down, whether I want to admit or not, I know the truth. The racism that James Baldwin knew and ultimately made him leave the country isn't really gone. It's just changed its form.
To understand this moment, we have to understand that Ferguson is yet another unraveled thread in the closely woven fabric of racism that has cloaked this country for 500 years.
There are very few hip hop figures who remain as beloved in their death as they were alive, but The Notorious B.I.G. is one of those individuals.
Today (March 9) marks the 13th anniversary of the passing of the rapper, whose real name was Christopher Wallace. Since being fatally gunned down in 1997 after leaving a Vibe magazine party in Los Angeles, still, no suspects have been arrested in his murder.
Investigations into the murder of the Brooklyn-bred lyricist remain on-going and the wrongful-death lawsuit filed by his mother, Voletta Wallace and his ex-wife Faith Evans, against the city of Los Angeles and other defendants is also pending.
Speculation is widespread as to who was blamed for Biggie's murder. Fingers have been pointed at former Death Row Records CEO Suge Knight and Los Angeles Police Department cops.
Wallace declined to comment on the status of her lawsuit but issued a brief statement to MTV News: "I thank you for the opportunity to touch [my son's] fans and for the network's continued support of me and the family, but it's been 13 years, I miss my son, his children miss their father, and the murderer is still at large."
LAPD officers Rafael Perez and David Mack, who are alleged to have been on the Death Row Records payroll and had a hand in the homicide, have since gone to prison on unrelated charges. The LAPD is said to have covered up the dirty cops' involvement in the death of Wallace to keep from a large civil lawsuit payoff. In fact, it was proven in July of 2005 that a lead investigator in Wallace's murder case hid evidence, which caused the trail to be declared a mistrial.
The FBI, which at one point picked up the investigation, have now stopped its pursuit, MTV News reported.
Regardless, of the long-standing difficulty in bringing Biggie's murder to justice, people who loved the 'Mo' Money, Mo' Problems' rapper are choosing to reflect on the music that he left the world with.
Bad Boy Records founder Diddy said that he's planning to celebrate his friend on a day that he thinks should be a national hip hop holiday. The Harlem-born music mogul will head across the bridge to Brooklyn club, the Lab, where Biggie tunes will be played all night by DJ Mister Cee.
"It's a day to celebrate his life," he said. "It's a day to celebrate the life of the man. We done did the movie, the records. It's something that, I guess, as a label we're obsessed with: making sure people don't forget about this man in a positive way."
"March 9 is Biggie Day. ... Bump Biggie all day, feel good and positive," Diddy declared.
Biggie Day it is.