Guest Editorial: The Grand Jury Decision by Diane Bell-McKoy, President, Associated Black Charities
I can't speak to the deliberations and I can't speak to the facts, those known and unknown. I can't speak at all at this moment because I am crying. I am crying and I can't stop crying.
The outcome of the grand jury represents so much more than the determination that the Officer should not be charged with the wrongful or willful death of Michael Brown. It represents the deaths of Tyrone West, Eric Garner and on and on. It represents a collective pain felt by many in the African American community.
It represents a sense of fear based on our reality (African Americans) when we are stopped by police for just being. It represents the pain we feel with each act of micro-aggression we experience at work, in school, and on the streets of America. It represents our frustration when no matter how often we try to describe our reality - what it feels like to be ignored, dismissed, and outright disregarded by people with skin color privilege as we describe our pain. Somehow they hear it as a personal indictment of them. It is not. Read in Full >>
THE NATIONAL BAR ASSOCIATION RESPONDS TO THE GRAND JURY’S DECISION NOT TO INDICT POLICE OFFICER DARREN WILSON IN THE SHOOTING DEATH OF MICHAEL BROWN
The National Bar Association is questioning how the Grand Jury, considering the evidence before them, could reach the conclusion that Darren Wilson should not be indicted and tried for the shooting death of Michael Brown. National Bar Association President Pamela J. Meanes expresses her sincere disappointment with the outcome of the Grand Jury’s decision but has made it abundantly clear that the National Bar Association stands firm and will be calling on the U.S. Department of Justice to pursue federal charges against officer Darren Wilson. “We will not rest until Michael Brown and his family has justice” states Pamela Meanes, President of the National Bar Association. Read in Full >>