If your concerns about violence are limited to property damage and looting, and you have never shed two tears for the history of institutional violence, murder, colonialism, segregation, lynching, genocide and police brutality against peoples of color, your words mean nothing; they mean less than nothing. Your outrage, in such a case is grotesque, an inversion of morality so putrescent as to call into question your capacity for real feeling at all. So long as violence from below is condemned while violence from above is ignored, you can bet that the former will continue – and however unfortunate that may be, it is surely predictable. If you'd like the former to cease, put an end to the latter, and then I promise you, it will.
– Tim Wise
Related Off-site Links:
No Indictment in Ferguson Case; Chaos Fills Streets – Jim Salter and David A. Lieb (Associated Press via Yahoo! News, November 24, 2014).
Ferguson Cop Darren Wilson Will Not Be Charged for Killing Michael Brown, Grand Jury Decides – Mother Jones (November 24, 2014).
Highlights of Testimony in Michael Brown Shooting – David A Lieb and David B. Caruso (Associated Press via Yahoo! News, November 25, 2014).
Ferguson Protester Slams Arrogant CNN Host: "We Have a Right to Be Mad, Our Anger’s Justified" – Elisabeth Parker (Addicting Info, November 25, 2014).
Ferguson Cop Darren Wilson Is Just the Latest to Go Unprosecuted for a Fatal Shooting – Jaeah Lee (Mother Jones, November 24, 2014).
The Ultimate White Privilege: Darren Wilson and Being “Afraid for Your Life” – Katie McDonough (Salon, August 21, 2014).
Officer Darren Wilson's Story is Unbelievable. Literally. – Ezra Klein (Vox, November 25, 2014).
Missouri Grand Jury Shows Impact of Systemic Racism – American Friends Service Committee (November 24, 2014).
Congressional Black Caucus Denounces Ferguson Grand Jury – Kendall Breitman (Politico, November 24, 2014).
The ACLU Response to Ferguson – The American Civil Liberties Union (November 24, 2014).
Ferguson: Mistrust in Criminal Justice System Formed by Long History of Discrimination – Richard Cohen (Southern Poverty Law Center, November 24, 2014).
The Grand Jury System is Corrupt, and the Darren Wilson Case Shows How to Fix It – David Feige (Slate, November 18, 2014).
Michael Brown's Family: "Let's Not Just Make Noise, Let's Make a Difference" – Laura Clawson (Daily Kos, November 24, 2014).
Ferguson Protests vs. White People's Riots – Sally Kohn (CNN, November 20, 2014).
How a Century of Racist Policies Made Ferguson Into a Pocket of Concentrated Despair – Joshua Holland (BillMoyers.com, October 27, 2014).
"No Justice, No Peace" in Ferguson and Across America – Nekima Levy-Pounds (Star Tribune, November 25, 2014).
17 Steps Civil Rights Groups Recommend to Prevent More Cop Killings and Stop Abusive Policing – Steven Rosenfeld (AlterNet, November 25, 2014).
Seven Ways to Demand Change If You're Feeling Hopeless and Helpless After Ferguson Decision – Robbie Couch (The Huffington Post, November 25, 2014).
Car Plows Through Protesters During Ferguson Rally in South Minneapolis – Libor Jany and Nicole Norfleet (Star Tribune, November 25, 2014).
Videos Show Nationwide Protests Over Ferguson Decision – Yahoo! News (November 25, 2014).
Brown Family Blasts Prosecution, Wilson Speaks – Tom Foreman Jr. and Jim Salter (Associated Press via Yahoo! News, November 25, 2014).
Why It’s Impossible to Indict a Cop – Chase Madar (The Nation, November 25, 2014).
Riot as the Language of the Unheard: Ferguson Protests Set to Continue in Fight For Racial Justice – Democracy Now! (November 25, 2014).
The Meaning of the Ferguson Riots – Editorial Board (The New York Times, November 25, 2014).
What Do the Newly Released Witness Statements Tell Us About the Michael Brown Shooting? – Laura Santhanam and Vanessa Dennis (PBS Newshour, November 25, 2014).
Ferguson Grand Jury Papers Full of Inconsistencies – Holbrook Mohr, David A. Lieb and Phillip Lucas (Associated Press via Yahoo! News, November 27, 2014).
Everything the Darren Wilson Grand Jury Got Wrong: The Lies, Errors and Mistruths That Let Michael Brown’s Killer Off the Hook – Paul Rosenberg (Salon, November 26, 2014).
What the Ferguson Protests Mean for Religious Progressive Activism – Shannon Craigo-Snell (Religion Dispatches, November 26, 2014).
KU Journalism Major Shreds "Case" Against Mike Brown – KansasExposed.org (November 29, 2014).
Darren Wilson, Ferguson Officer Who Shot Michael Brown, Resigns – NBC News (November 29, 2014).
"Not One More Darren Wilson, Not One More Mike Brown": National Protests Continue Ferguson Struggle – Democracy Now! (December 1, 2014).
See also the previous Wild Reed posts:
• Thoughts on Prayer in a "Summer of Strife"
• Quote of the Day – July 13, 2013
Image 1: Protestors run away after police deployed tear gas during a demonstration on November 24, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri.(Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Image 2: A line of police officers prepares to advance on protestors during a demonstration in Oakland, California November 24, 2014, following the grand jury decision in the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. (Photo: Reuters/Elijah Nouvelage)
Image 3: A couple embraces as a grand jury's decision is delivered on November 24, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)