Commentary by Justin Igger
Three years later, on the anniversary of Michael Brown’s inexcusable death at the hands of police in Ferguson, Missouri, it is challenging to contemplate the United States of 2017. So much has changed since that terrible day, yet so much has remained the same. Michael Brown’s death sparked genuine conversations about race relations throughout the country, yet America still has such a long way to go.
Three minutes. One hundred and eighty seconds. That’s how long it took – from the moment Officer Darren Wilson arrived at the scene until the fatal bullet was discharged – for Michael Brown’s life to be taken. In the flash of a gun muzzle, Michael joined the list of too many black men senselessly killed by law enforcement, simply because of the color of their skin.
Clearly, the relationship between law enforcement and African-Americans is broken, with the system built to oppress the black citizens of our nation. We have seen time and again that our nation’s fundamental promise has a caveat: liberty and justice for all — as long as you are white.
From start to finish, the law enforcement system is predisposed against African-Americans. Blacks are more likely to be stopped, searched and targeted for unprovoked force than their white counterparts.
Nationally, the rash of highly publicized incidents has not changed anything. The number of deaths at the hands of police officers so far this year almost exactly mirrors that of the previous two years, with 492 people being fatally shot by police at the midpoint of the year. That’s more than two officer-involved fatalities per day, and black men are the victims at more than double their share of the population – over a quarter of the deaths despite representing only 12 percent of the U.S. population.
Ferguson’s first black police chief, Delrish Moss, has taken charge and been making change. The police force now has a more representative makeup of minority officers, each officer is equipped with a body camera, and the number of African-American drivers stopped by officers has declined.
The Black Lives Matter movement was driven by this horrific event to become a real movement with concrete goals and an agenda to inspire change.
I can’t balee it been 3 years since Mike Brown was kilt cause his skin was black.
This for you, big homey. I know you be up in heaven chillin with your heavenly babymommas. Smokin all day and shit. But we miss you. And we love you, nigga. We won’t ever forget what you did for us. We even rioted and looted for you. Cause we know you dindu nuffin. Fo real.
It was that racist cop that kilt you just cause your skin be black. Just like his lawyer say in the article. Cops be killing niggas just cause they have black skin. No other reason. Just cause they skin be black and shit.
White mufuckas go to the poleece academy to become cops just so they can kill people with black skin. Fo real. That’s how racist they be.
It’s cool den a mug that his lawyer wrote this article though. We need more brothas that can write good to publish articles. That way white folks don’t be thinking all we can do is rap and shoot jump shots. Start respeckin us for how smart we is.
Cause errybody know we was kings. Before white cotton farmers flew they planes to the Motherland and kidnapped us. Made us be they farm equipment and shit. Like we donkeys or sumpin.
When the cotton farmers landed in Africa, they immediately saw how smart the kings was. They was like, “Damn. These Europeans with black skin are smart den a mug. Let’s steal all they ideas.” So they stole all the king’s ideas.
See, Africa was really the first Murica. Fo real. I ain’t lyin.
The Congo was the capital. It was just like D.C. Knowmsayin. Cept they had the black house instead of the white house. It was black cause it was made out of dung bricks. Cause over there they make they bricks out of elephant do-do. That shit be hard as a rock too. Better than these concrete bricks white folks use. They just use concrete so they bricks be white. Cause they hate people with black skin.
The kings also was the ones that wrote the constitution and bill of rights. Betcha didn’t know that.
The main king tattooed that shit on all his babymamma backs. With a sharp ass tiger tooth. They tattoos was complex symbols those dumb white mufuckas couldn’t understand. So the racist cotton farmers tortured the main king until he told them what it say. Then they called him the N word and lynched him. Said he raped a white woman and shit.
Then they brought all the king’s men over here to build Murica. And told Jefferson and Adams the main king’s ideas. And they racist asses took credit for it. Signed they names at the bottom of that paper with all them big words on it. Sorry mufuckas used them big words so black people wouldn’t know they stole the king’s ideas.
But errybody know. You can axe anybody in the hood. They’ll tell you. Knowmsayin.
So now you know the real troof. And you can tell all your homies and they be like, “How you know all that shit. You smarter than my white teacher.” And I say, “Hell yea, nigga. That’s cause your teacher be lying to you cause your skin be black. They be thinkin you stupid and shit.”