The Ferguson Verdict Links

The Washington Post has a decent synopsis of what’s happened since the verdict: What We Know About What Happened in Ferguson.

What You Can Do

10 Ways You Can Help the People of Ferguson from the Huffington Post:
• Support efforts requiring all state, county and local police to wear [dashboard and] body cameras.
• Advocate for the removal of the Pentagon’s “1033 Program” by signing the petition here
• Send condolences to Michael Brown’s family here.

A protestor retreats after being treated for tear gas. Photo Credit: Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images


Darren Wilson Describes his Fear of Michael Brown
“Wilson said that Brown went for the officer’s gun, saying: ‘You are too much of a p—- to shoot me.’”

President Obama’s Press Conference
“We need to recognize the situation in Ferguson speaks to broader challenges we still face as a nation. The fact is in too many parts of this country distrust exists between law enforcement and communities of color.”
“We have made enormous progress in race relations over the course of the past several decades. I have witnessed that in my own life, and to deny that progress is to deny America’s capacity for change.”

Photos of Nationwide Protests from Time.

Commentary on violence in Ferguson

2 Timothy 1:7 – For the spirit of God does not make us timid, but gives us power, love, and self-discipline. Photo by: Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images

Brown Family’s Statement
“Join with us in our campaign to ensure that every police officer working the streets in this country wears a body camera. We respectfully ask that you please keep your protests peaceful.”

Dasha Jones, 19, is arrested for unlawful assembly during a protest outside the Ferguson Police Department in Ferguson, Mo. on the evening of Nov. 20, 2014 from Time Magazine


Ferguson Goddamn‘ from Colorlines:

“I’m frustrated with myself for expecting, if only for a moment, that people who have historically not valued black life, would actually value black life. More than anything, I’m sad. I’m just sad. This is no way to live.” – Dr. Yaba Blay, director or Africana Studies, Drexel University

“Even as I expected the decision to be what it was, it still hurts deeply. Who can be shown their babies’ lives don’t matter and expect to feel anything but pain and rage? And fear? The decision leaves me in fear for the safety of the children I love so deeply.” – Asha Bandele, Author

Satire and Social Commentary

Young man wears a shirt mimicking popular shirts with names of television show characters, but supplanted by names of black children and young men killed through abuse of power. Photo by Time. (If you’d like one, it’s part of the And Counting collection sold here.)

Nation Doesn’t Know If It Can Take Another Bullshit Speech About Healing
Sometimes Unfortunate Things Happen in the Heat of a 400-Year-Old Legacy of Racism

7 thoughts on “The Ferguson Verdict Links

  1. Wonder why you have only received two comments? Because no one agrees with you, Maggie. The silent majority believes that the cop was in the right. Doesn’t mean we are racists. Just means that the cop was in the right. Get off of your high horse, please.


  2. A young man is dead who shouldn’t be dead. Maybe he did some things wrong, maybe he didn’t. But I believe our country is deeply racist and we are still pulling ourselves out of the myth of white supremacy. The first step is admitting it.
    Yes, we are racist, because we are brought up in a racist society. White people, it is time for us to listen to the experiences of black people in our country. Just listen.
    Thank you, Maggie, for posting these links.


  3. A jewish cuban radio host says that her latin daughter married a black man and now they have brown children. This radio host says in a couple of generations everyone will be brown. Oh dear, who will we blame all of our problems on then?


  4. this is 1st X I’ve been to your site, thank you so much for posting these links! Everywhere I go I see nothing but negativity on this subject, you & a couple of previous commenters are an oasis to me.


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