I Stayed Silent About Ferguson Because There Is Silence About THIS

I Stayed Silent About Ferguson Because There Is Silence About THIS
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Being active on social media and living in St. Louis, many people questioned why I stayed silent about Ferguson and the situation regarding the death of teenager Mike Brown by a police officer. There were those who did not understand why I did not blog about it, why I did not go to the area where the shooting happened and post photos and videos, why I did not go on Twitter or Facebook rants, why I did not join in on any of the peace marches and demonstrations.

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The reason – my reason – is represented by the video below.

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 I Stayed Silent About Ferguson

I fully understand the nature of the situation regarding the #Ferguson shooting, but what about the violence that is happening every single day?? Why has there not been—nor will there be—the mass media attention, the large marches, and the outrage for people senselessly losing their lives on a daily basis? Will the same citizens who demonstrated an outcry of being ‘fed up’ with murders and violence during the weeks that Ferguson was heavily in the national spotlight make the same cry now?? Will there be protests? Will there be civil, political, and spiritual leaders traveling here (or to other cities where violence is high) in effort to work for justice for situations like the one above? Will there be people that will take a stand for the ceasing of violence across the board—regardless of the victim’s age or race, or the assailant? Will there be town hall meetings? Will there be action committees? Will there be celebrity Instagram posts and tweets pleading to stop the violence and showing their support for safe neighborhoods? Will there be television and major website ‘special reports’ and magazine cover features?

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Please understand: I am in no way saying that Ferguson should not have gotten the attention that it did. At all. And I appreciate and fully support all of the efforts of the citizens and leaders, and sincerely hope that justice prevails. What I am saying is that the same response, the same community uprising, the same compassion, the same involvement from people of all walks of life needs to happen not just for one senseless killing, but for all of them. There’s not one life on this earth that is more precious than the other, and when it comes to people being murdered, there is not one ‘circumstance’ of violence that is more important than another. Most of all, violence in any shape or form negatively impacts communities. Furthermore, if we as a people neglect to treat every incident of violence with utmost importance and justice with utmost urgency—if we fail to show that we believe every single life is significant, we cannot expect anyone else to do differently no matter what the situation may be.

 I Stayed Silent About Ferguson

St. Louis rapper Murphy Lee said it best: “If we[the community] don’t care about us, others won’t care about us, either.”

 I Stayed Silent About Ferguson

If we as a community – as a nation – want real change, if we truly want the violence to end, then we must stop with the ‘bandwagon’ actions, and make a real commitment to get (and stay) fully involved in supporting our neighborhoods, speaking out, and raising awareness of all killings in our cities of any and every kind. We must keep working to bring the many forms of injustice to the forefront—this includes disproportionate law enforcement protection, inadequate funding for neighborhood watch programs and community building, and unsolved murders. We must unite and stand as one consistently and on a continued basis. We must remain dedicated to showing and proving that our lives and our communities matter—always. As violence continues to rise, ‘picking and choosing’ is a luxury that we simply cannot afford.

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I Stayed Silent About Ferguson

video source: Fox2

I Stayed Silent About Ferguson

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2 Comments

  • I agree with a lot of what you said in this post. The recent incidents in Ferguson are important and deserve attention. At the same time we do need to pay attention to what is going on in our communities every day. As I always say, I am black 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, not just on special occasions.

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