Black People : An Open Letter from Protesters On The Grand Jury Decision (11.24.14)

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  1. OldSoul

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    The Results Are In
    An Open Letter from Protesters On The Grand Jury Decision (11.24.14)
    In Ferguson, a wound bleeds.
    For 108 days, we have been in a state of prolonged and protracted grief. In that time, we have found community with one another, bonding together as family around the simple notion that our love for our community compels us to fight for our community. We have had no choice but to cling together in hope, faith, love, and indomitable determination to capture that ever-escaping reality of justice.
    After 108 days, that bleeding wound has been reopened, salt poured in, insult added to the deepest of injury. On August 9th, we found ourselves pushed into unknown territory, learning day by day, minute by minute, to lead and support a movement bigger than ourselves, the most important of our lifetime. We were indeed unprepared to begin with, and even in our maturation through these 108 days, we find ourselves re-injured, continually heartbroken, and robbed of even the remote possibility of judicial resolution. A life has been violently taken before it could barely begin. In this moment, we know, beyond any doubt, that no one will be held accountable within the confines of a system to which we were taught to pledge allegiance. The very hands with which we pledged that allegiance were not enough to save Mike in surrender.
    Once again, in our community, in our country, that pledge has returned to us void.
    For 108 days, we have continuously been admonished that we should “let the system work,” and wait to see what the results are.
    The results are in.
    And we still don’t have justice.
    This fight for the dignity of our people, for the importance of our lives, for the protection of our children, is one that did not begin with Michael’s murder and will not end with this announcement. The ‘system’ you have told us to rely on has kept us on the margins of society. This system has housed us in her worst homes, educated our children in her worst schools, locked up our men at disproportionate rates and shamed our women for receiving the support they need to be our mothers. This system you have admonished us to believe in has consistently, unfailingly, and unabashedly let us down and kicked us out, time and time again.
    This same system in which you’ve told us to trust--this same system meant to serve and protect citizens-- has once again killed two more of our unarmed brothers: Walking up a staircase and shot down in cold blood, we fight for Akai Gurley; Playing with a toy after police had been warned that he held a bb gun and not a real gun at only twelve years old, we fight for Tamir Rice.
    So you will likely ask yourself, now that the announcement has been made, why we will still take to the streets? Why we will still raise our voices to protect our community? Why will still cry tears of heartbreak and sing songs of determination?
    We will continue to struggle because without struggle, there is no progress.
    We will continue to disrupt life, because without disruption we fear for our lives.
    We will continue because Assata reminds us daily that “it is our duty to fight for freedom. It is our duty to win. We must love and support one another. We have nothing to lose but our chains.”
    Those chains have bound us-all of us- up for too long. And do not be mistaken- if one of us is bound, we all are. We are, altogether, bound up in a system that continues to treat some men better than others. A system that preserves some and disregards others. A system that protects the rights of some and does not guard the rights of all.
    And until this system is dismantled, until the status quo that deems us less valuable than others is no longer acceptable or profitable, we will struggle. We will fight. We will protest.
    Grief, even in its most righteous state, cannot last forever. No community can sustain itself this way.
    So we still continue to stand for progress, and stand alongside anyone who will make a personal investment in ending our grief and will take a personal stake in achieving justice.
    We march on with purpose. The work continues. This is not a moment but a movement. The movement lives.

    This letter was written and signed by numerous protesters and supporters, too many to list. Permission is granted in advance for reproduction by all outlets.
     
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    if the black people would all register and vote they would control the town. they could hire an all black police.
     
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    Berkeley a portion of Ferguson does not have a fire department. The police, blacks ones go along to get along.
    ( SELL OUT'S ) and they are hated as well. They would not ever be an all Black force in Ferguson.
    St. Louis is racist and stands proud of that fact.
     
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    A beginning, and if maintained to the letter would be a great accomplishment.
     
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    In Ferguson / Florissant
     
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    If they voted the other way (Rep.) they would have gotten some of those Dem. out that take our vote for granted.

    Peace!
     
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    Tacoma protest...

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    Peace!
     
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    if you fail to vote there is no sense getting emotional when things don't go your way.
     
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    As Salaam Alaikum!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Voting to try and change this system will not work.We already have a lot of US in Government but yet our condition is getting worse. This system is a system Guided by White Supremecy and Black Inferiority we can tell that by the language and conversations. Black Youth are Fed up not just with this system but also with these so-called leaders of Old and parents who are steady compromising there future and are trying to keep them in a mindset of insanity.

    I live in St.louis, and I'm active in our communities. What you see and will see is setting the stage for our separation.
     
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    If not voting means we should fear for our lives then that still leaves something very wrong

     
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