“Two months ago I had a nice apartment in Chicago. I had a good job. I had a son. When something happened to the Negroes in the South I said, ‘That’s their business, not mine.’ Now I know how wrong I was. The murder of my son has shown me that what happens to any of us, anywhere in the world, had better be the business of us all!” –Mamie Till, mother of Emmett Till (1955)
On August 9th 2014, 18 year old Michael Brown was murdered by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri. Michael was unarmed and suffered multiple gun shot wounds even after complying to Wilson’s demands, kneeling in the street with his hands up, no longer posing a justifiable threat.
Mainstream media has not only attempted to taint Michael’s character and downplay the aggressive tactics employed by police in the wake of his death, but they are also skewing the public’s perception of protestors on the ground. The fact that protestors are standing outside of small businesses each night in an attempt to deter others from looting isn’t a story worth telling!
I intend to go to Ferguson with several like-minded friends and I ask that you will aid me in doing so. We plan to conduct several seminars for members of the community including writing/poetry workshops to provide an emotional outlet to deal with their trauma and confusion, along with “Know Your Rights” workshops to inform individuals on their constitutional rights and how they apply to their interactions with police.
I hope to work specifically with youth in both processing their feelings on Michael Brown’s death and equipping them with the tools necessary to prepare them for what they may encounter in the years to come. I will also be working directly with community organizers in their efforts to communicate with local government officials to ensure that justice is served.
Your donation will assist with transportation, lodging, food, first aid supplies, and printing workshop materials.
Michael Brown’s name is yet another added to the ever-growing list of Black men killed in this country at the hands of law enforcement, merely armed with melanin and shrouded in stereotypical notions of their gender and race. Enough is enough. Please contribute what you can.