This decision was not completely misunderstood as the history, the current day atrocities which happen at the hands of so-called “officers of law” here in the states has become so often.
An indictment of the Ferguson police officer who killed Michael Brown would not prove that black lives matter in America.
Vincent Warren of the Center on Constitutional Rights writes:
Without accountability, there can be no rule of law. If Wilson is not indicted, or is under-indicted, the clear message is that it is open season on people of color, that St. Louis has declared that Darren Wilson is not a criminal but that the people who live under the thumbs of the Darren Wilsons of this country are. It would say to the cry that “Black lives matter” that, no, in fact, they do not.
This is the sad truth in this country – we cannot forget the Unites States is an institution built on racism, sexism and classism. The authors of Struggle for Justice wrote in 1971 “without a radical change in our values and a drastic restructuring of our social and economic institutions” we can only achieve modest reforms of the criminal punishment system (including policing).
“A system cannot fail those it was never meant to protect”
– W.E.B. Du Bois
School system teaching our children lies, mainstream hip hop owned by our ancestors masters sons who also have a large part in the industrialized prison system, taxes being spent on wars… Black (& brown) lives are only a mean to a head count in prisons for profit along with cheap labor – civil war.
Yes, we have certain freedoms, but at the cost of so much more that is detrimental to our present and future. A day without police brutality, killings, prison sentences lacking moral/lawful reason and equal rights to all seems to be too far in sight – unreachable.
R.I.P. to all the Black names unspoken and forgotten.