This is NOT Justice: Black Lives STILL Matter
The murder of Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager, in Ferguson, Missouri on August 9th, by Ferguson Police Darren Wilson brought long existing racial tensions in that city to a boil. The subsequent decision by the Grand Jury not to indict the officer on any charges touched off fresh protests and anger, not only locally, but nationally as well.
It turns out that police departments are not required to keep track of how many citizens they kill on an annual basis. It is estimated that Black men are 21 times more likely to be killed by law enforcement than white men. We know the names of many of last year's victims. We will continue to exert pressure on those who would seek to sweep these names under the rug.
These individuals are brothers, sisters, mothers, aunts, fathers, sons, daughters and friends. They are loved. Their presence will be missed. And we will not allow their deaths to be forgotten. Their lives matter.
If I have missed any names, please comment below, or send me an email so that I can ensure this is as accurate as possible.
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