Dear Black America: A Few Thoughts on Ferguson

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I would like to humbly provide a few words of wisdom to the millions of black Americans around the country following the events of Ferguson, Missouri. Please do not get hoodwinked into purchasing a ticket to the movie premiere of “the grand jury decision.” Spoiler alert…at the end of this movie black Americans will not see justice.  There will not be an indictment for either first or second-degree murder. If by some miracle a true bill were issued for a criminal charge, including manslaughter, it would ultimately result in a trial ending in another “movie sequel”…a hung jury or an acquittal. You see, a twelve-member grand jury in Missouri cannot “baptize away” the 400-year original sin of this nation.

Racism will always remain an active component of the criminal justice system because it is fully engrained into the very fabric of society. Its foul stench is not only in that grand jury room in Missouri, but also in every police department, prosecutor’s office, judge’s chambers, jury deliberation room, and prison cell across the nation. Accepting this reality will not only result in lowering your blood pressure and improving overall physical, mental, and spiritual health in the long-term, but it will also help establish your cultural duty of “defiance” as a black American. Before unchanneled anger consumes your very soul in just a few short days, I leave you with the words of Derrick Bell in his epic work, Faces at the Bottom of the Well.

"Black people will never gain full equality in this country. Even those herculean efforts we hail as successful will produce no more than temporary 'peaks of progress,' short-lived victories   that slide into irrelevance as racial patterns adapt in ways that maintain white dominance. This is a hard-to-accept fact that all history verifies. We must acknowledge it, not as a sign of  submission, but as an act of ultimate defiance."