By Sydney B.
I can’t say things will get better if we change, but what I can say is that things must change if it’s desired that they get better.
Crowds gathered around the Ferguson police headquarters as they waited in anticipation for the grand juries decision in the case of Mike Brown versus Officer Darren Wilson. 18-year-old Mike Brown was shot and killed by the Ferguson officer, on August 9th, as he raised his arms to surrender.
After deliberating for two days, the grand jury has reached a decision on whether or not to indict Officer Wilson after he killed the unarmed teen. The jury has decided that Officer Wilson will not be charged for any wrongdoing in the killing of Mike Brown.
This was no surprise to many of us, which is why Mike Brown’s family, along with many other community leaders, ask that the community protest in peace.
“We are profoundly disappointed that the killer of our child will not face the consequence of his actions. While we understand many others share our pain, we ask that you channel your frustration in ways that will make a positive change. We need to work together to fix the system that allowed this to happen,” says Mike’s family. “We respectfully ask that you please keep your protests peaceful. Answering violence with violence is not the appropriate reaction. Let’s just not make noise, let’s make a difference.”
America’s commander-in-chief, President Obama, was among the many who also responded to the decision as he made a televised response.
“First and foremost, we are a nation built on the rule of law. And so, we need to accept that this decision was the Grand Jury’s to make. There are Americans who agree with it, and there are americans that are very disappointed, even angry. I join Michael’s parents in asking anyone protesting this decision to do so peacefully… We should be honoring [the Brown’s] wishes,” Obama says. “We have made tremendous progress in race relations over the last couple of decades, but what is also true is that there are still problems, and communities of color aren’t just making these problems up.”
But wait Ferguson couldn’t have thought things would end peacefully!
With emotions flying high, the decision of has sparked an even more violent rage in the residents of Ferguson.
“Ferguson violence “worse than the worst night in August” when the first protests erupted over the shooting of Michael Brown,” says St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar.
My prayers go out to Mike’s family as they move forward and to the residents of Ferguson as they come to terms with this heart-wrenching decision.This is absolutely crazy, but far from unbelievable. The only question left to ask is where do we go from here?