How did I process the events of Ferguson, Missouri in terms of healing?
I can’t say that I have. I read blogs and social media, and when I’m at work I glance at Bloomblerg TV in closed captions. But I haven’t watched coverage of Michael Brown’s murder on the major television networks or read about it in the paper. I lost sleep over images of peaceful protesters being tear gassed, and military servicemen using combat style weaponry on unarmed citizens in a residential neighborhood.
How have I processed the events of Ferguson?
I wasn’t there when police officer Darren Wilson shot Michael Brown – an unarmed black teenager, but “an injustice to one is an injustice to all.” Anyone who’s had their hearts busted open with grief – anyone who’s lost a loved one at the hands of violence, is suffering to a degree, from post traumatic stress disorder.
Good question, but as a woman of color, I’m still processing – for as long as I live. Rather than expecting a complete healing and a sense of normalcy, I ought to use my energies to help the cause of the assassination of unarmed black men. Like many others, I have not decided how or where to start – besides with educating my children. I pray.
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