In the midst of working on my post for today, the announcement was made that officer Darren Wilson will not be indicted for shooting unarmed teenager Michael Brown. Being thanksgiving week here in the US, I was going to write about some of the things I’ve been thankful for this year, but once I heard the news I just couldn’t bring myself to finish the post. I’m too upset. It’s hard to feel thankful at a time like this so I’m sorry dear readers, but I’m going to shelve that post and call it a night.
Actually, there is something I can bring myself to feel thankful for right now…. the strong, unwavering protestors in Ferguson, MO and all the other cities where people are making their voices heard. I’m thankful for their sacrifice and the risks they’re willing to take. I may not be with them physically, but I’m certainly with them in spirit.
Finally, I’ll leave you with this snippet from a Langston Hughes poem as (re)tweeted by @langston_poems shortly after the no indictment announcement was made:
I am so tired of waiting, Aren't you, For the world to become good And beautiful and kind?
— Langston Hughes (@langston_poems) October 27, 2014
Perhaps one day our wait will be over… but today is sadly not that day.