A great read from @MarWilliamson on #Ferguson, #America, and #Justice. A government, BY the people, FOR the people. The power is ours.
AMERICA IS A LONG GAME
The problem was always bigger than any one particular case, trial or lack thereof. If Darren Wilson had been indicted, the larger problem would not have been all fixed. And the fact that he wasn’t indicted isn’t going to stop the process of political awakening by which millions of Americans are standing up at last to the institutionalized racism, militarization of police forces, police brutality, and incarceration-for-profit that has black men feeling too often at a disadvantage should they wish to … oh, I don’t know…walk down the street.
The President asked protesters of the Ferguson decision to be peaceful and non-violent, which is understandable. But a system that incarcerates on average one out of every three African-American men, keeps 500,000 non-violent drug offenders locked up, and has the largest mass incarceration rate in the world, has a lot of nerve telling those who complain about this to be peaceful and non-violent. The system itself is laced with violence. The polite kind.
The Michael Brown grand jury decision is a shock to many but should be a surprise to no one. Our criminal justice system gets it right sometimes and gets it wrong sometimes. But when it comes to African American men, the statistical trend towards getting it wrong is simply wrong.
The American experiment has never been perfect; it’s a process. It is as perfect or as imperfect as the people who foster and protect it in each generation. America is a long game. We’re a country that’s gotten it wrong many times before, but we’re a country that over time does tend to make things right. And our challenge now is clear. Let’s not be the first generation to wimp out on the job of making right in America something that's so clearly wrong.
In the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." Justice in America isn't magically bequeathed from one generation to the next; no written document can guarantee it always. Justice has to be vigilantly defended and expanded, the longing for it alive in the hearts of committed citizens year after year. And that's what's happening today, as people all over America are making it clear that the issue of a skewed criminal justice system will not go away. This is not a bad thing, it's a good thing. And it's why I stood applauding those who marched up Wilshire Blvd. in Los Angeles last night, protesting not necessarily one grand jury decision but rather a legal system now reeking with the stench of entrenched injustice.
Darren Wilson will not stand trial, but our criminal justice system absolutely must. The jury is the American people and the trial has only just begun. May justice be done, in this and in all things. And may it be done through us.
Tuesday 25th of November 2014 09:49:11 PM
How could I NOT #Repost this #TBT with @laurenhud & @kiyoko11?! I'll forever look up to these women. So much love 💛 #StunnersForever!
Thursday 20th of November 2014 06:42:51 PM
#TBT to last night IS THERE ANYTHING MORE EMPOWERING THAN DANCE?! #CupidsWay
Thursday 20th of November 2014 03:11:09 PM
Got my sexy on with @achando & @_cupidsway tonight. @dance411 is the spot!!!
Wednesday 19th of November 2014 08:25:38 PM
PROPS TO THE #SENATE FOR REJECTING KEYSTONE XL!!! This is a major step in the quest for clean energy! Thank you to everyone who signed countless petitions encouraging our leaders to make the environmentally friendly decision on this! Let's keep it going, our voices ARE being heard, and they DO make a difference!
Tuesday 18th of November 2014 11:07:37 PM
I got better luck playing poker with the dead than getting this song out of my head! Obsessed with Hayley Kiyoko #TSOP!!!
Tuesday 18th of November 2014 06:31:56 PM
Guess who's coming to season two of #RedRoad y'all!!! Been so fun having @blair_redford around. Season two airs Spring 2015 on @sundancetv!
Tuesday 18th of November 2014 06:14:09 PM
Waking up to this face 💞
Tuesday 18th of November 2014 12:04:59 PM
#RedRoad wrap party was a success. This performance was my sincerest thank you to all the cast & crew who worked on this season.
Monday 17th of November 2014 10:37:11 PM
The #TPP is a THREAT to Internet freedom. Watch this video, share, & sign the petition to stand up for our rights! https://openmedia.org/ourfuture?src=156970
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Monday 17th of November 2014 04:05:42 PM
Want to go on a @ThirstProject Road Trip? Click this link to find out how! <a href="http://bit.ly/1EAt1DT" target="_blank">http://bit.ly/1EAt1DT</a> #GIVEWATER #GIVELIFE
Last year, I had the honor of traveling across the country to educate students about the world water crisis, and inspire them to take action on solving the problem. I met a lot of amazing young people who showed so much enthusiasm and compassion for others far less fortunate than they are. If you are interested in learning more about the world water crisis, and would like to travel around the country to educate others about it, see the link below to find out how you can apply for an internship with Thirst Project!
The Thirst Project is looking for the next band of Road Warriors for their spring and fall 2014 internship program! If selected, you’ll travel across the country educating other students about the water crisis. To show us you’ve got the right stuff, here’s what you’ll need to apply:
Monday 17th of November 2014 03:33:32 PM
These two. @achando @blair_redford.
Sunday 16th of November 2014 11:13:48 PM
Wayward Family Band. I LOVE #ATL.
Sunday 16th of November 2014 08:37:30 PM
HALLELUJAH! A #Church I can finally get on board with.
Sunday 16th of November 2014 08:28:56 PM
When you get down about feeling like you're not getting the appropriate recognition for your efforts & achievements, just remember: We live in a world where a reality TV star's butt gets more praise & attention than this: <a href="http://elitedaily.com/entertainment/celebrity/walking-dead-laurie-holden-sex-trafficking/802772/" target="_blank">http://elitedaily.com/entertainment/celebrity/walking-dead-laurie-holden-sex-trafficking/802772/</a>
Needless to say, Laurie Holden is a real life super hero.
'Walking Dead' Actress Goes Undercover And Saves 55 Sex Slaves In Real Life
All in all, 55 young girls were rescued. And it's in no small part to the work of Laurie Holden.
Saturday 15th of November 2014 09:46:55 PM
Jacked up on #polaroids.
Saturday 15th of November 2014 06:39:50 PM
"Until you get comfortable with being alone, you'll never know if you're choosing someone out of love or loneliness." - Mandy Hale
Friday 14th of November 2014 12:24:07 AM
New cover video shot by @bamtography coming soon. @theblackkeys #LittleBlackSubmarines
Thursday 13th of November 2014 07:12:02 PM
Follow @amaniyajuu, (Peace from Above), & support fair trade this holiday season! Amani was founded by a refugee affected by the civil conflict in Liberia, looking to restore dignity within her community. When you #ShopAmani, you're educating women, ending poverty, and spreading peace. Visit amaniafrica.org!
Wednesday 12th of November 2014 02:59:41 PM