Roland Martin Says a Generation Wakes Up After Death of Michael Brown

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The failure to indict Darren Wilson for killing an unarmed black teen, painful as it is, should be seen a small lost battle in the larger war for justice in America—which is being won.

There was never a second where I felt St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch was going to stand before the world and say a Missouri grand jury had decided to indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson for the killing of Mike Brown.

The reality is that few police officers are ever indicted by grand juries, whether it’s a fatal shooting or police brutality. Indeed, those committed to fighting for social justice are shocked when an officer is indicted.

While the pain of not seeing Wilson in handcuffs is devastating to Brown’s family and the thousands of folks who have taken to the streets for more than 100 consecutive days to protest his death, there is solace in knowing that a movement is afoot that will change the direction of this nation for years to come.

It has always pained me to see scores of people show up for massive rallies, only to disappear when the case fades away. (Jena 6 comes to mind.) Yet two years ago, when Trayvon Martin was gunned down by George Zimmerman, we saw a new fervor come to the fore, driven by the connective tissue known as social media.

Fast forward two years later. No longer are people content to air their grievances online with hashtags. A collective button seems to have been pushed, igniting a fire in the belly of many who have opened their eyes to the severe injustices we see in America.

Before Trayvon, who even know about Stand Your Ground laws? Before Trayvon, the American Legislative Exchange Council was a nondescript group funded by Fortune 500 companies that was supposed to be involved in tax policy. But its far more insidious role was revealed, whether it was gun policies or voter suppression.

In the more than 100 days since Mike Brown was shot to death by Darren Wilson, the shameful racial inequities of Ferguson and the surrounding towns around St. Louis have been exposed, revealing a culture that preys on the poor and destroys the spirits of generation after generation.

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SOURCE: The Daily Beast
Roland S. Martin

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