On Monday night, news broke that a grand jury had decided not to indict Darren Wilson, the white police officer who killed Michael Brown, an unarmed Black teenager.
There is no justice in this decision.
Protesters have taken to the streets in cities across North America, expressing their outrage, sadness, grief and disappointment over a system that says, time and time again, that Black lives don’t matter.
Taking a cue from The Belle Jar, we’re turning over this space to Black voices. Below, you’ll find a list of links to several important, powerful pieces about Ferguson by Black writers. They are essential reads. Please take time to digest them. Share them widely. Tell us what you’ve been reading/writing/thinking in the comments. Self promotion is welcome. (Want to read more? There are more posts at the Belle Jar link.)
We stand in solidarity with the protesters on the ground in Ferguson, on Twitter, everywhere. We share in your outrage and sadness. #BlackLivesMatter.
I Am Utterly Undone, by Brittney Cooper
Ferguson, goddamn by Syreeta McFadden
Standoff on South Florrisant by Desmond Cole
Only Words by Roxane Gay
Why #BlackLivesMatter Matters, by Rembert Browne
What Black Parents Tell Their Sons About The Police, by Jazmine Hughes
Michael Brown Wasn’t A Superhuman Demon, by Jamelle Bouie
In America, Black Children Don’t Get to Be Children, by Stacey Patton