Like many around the world, I am filled with frustration and disbelief over the Grand Jury decision in Ferguson. How could it decide not to indict Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson in the August shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown?
Yet, I want to remind people of the great lesson of the life of hero Darryl Williams. Darryl became a dear friend after he was shot in Boston during a time of great racial turmoil by three white teenagers resulting in a life in a wheel chair. Upon being released from the hospital, he told angry crowds that “white people did not shoot me. Three white people shot me.”
My thoughts and deepest prayers go out to Michael Brown’s family and friends this evening. The verdict announced last night is disturbing and shows that we, as a society, still have so much work to do to fight racism. Watching the news last night and today, it is obvious that many of the people of Ferguson and around the country are extremely angered and upset, and they have every right to be. But violence is never the answer and I urge all to peacefully stand up against this injustice. Regardless what side of the issue you stand on, please understand that a young man died that did not have to die. Please continue to do your part in making this country a better place, a place you are proud of, and I promise to continue doing mine. Racism does exist, it is alive, and you can use your platform, whatever that may be, to stop this injustice.
One way is to join the NAACP and other community and activists groups. They are demanding that “all police officers wear operable body cameras, that police departments reflect the diversity of the community that they are serving and that Congress passes the End Racial Profiling Act.” It is a moment for everyone to stand up for justice and not block its path.