Black Women for Wellness stands in solidarity with the community of Ferguson.
As an organization serving the women & girls of our community, we hugged our children, cried with you and took deep breaths to control the pain and rage. We are fully cognizant that standing in solidarity with you, is in reality standing in solidarity with us. Our experiences are not isolated, racism is impacting our lives across the nation as well the world.
We hoped and prayed for justice, that there would be at minimum a trial for the brutal murder of Michael Brown, that justice to address the indignity of leaving his body laying in the streets in the hot August sun for hours would come, that the government of Ferguson would demonstrate humility and recognition of the human and civil rights violations against the people and community of Ferguson but alas there was none of that.
Monday night, once again state sanctioned violence, in this case perpetrated by the Darren Wilson, went with impunity. Flashes of Emmett Till and the thousands of other Black bodies hanging from trees resurfaced in our memories. According to study completed by the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement in 2012, an African American is murdered by a police officer, security guard or self-appointed vigilante every twenty-eight hours.
We are profoundly disappointed with President Barack Obama’s lack of tone or substantive call for progress in either of his two public addresses since this lack of indictment. Many African Americans are in pain, and looking for leadership to recognize that we matter, we are American too. These are raw and very real emotions that our community feels, that we feel. We know violence is not the answer, but yet it seems neither is peace. We need action, we need real substantive policy changes, not national conversations and/or scoldings.
Sojourner Truth had to ask a room ain’t I am woman too, now we ask the question, aren’t we American too. When will our pain and suffering count, when will we matter, when will our humanity be recognized.
Black Women for Wellness will work diligently on shifting the oppressive culture that devalues our lives and experience, we will hold steady and stand in solidarity with the youth who are planning and working on securing justice.
Black Women for Wellness stands with the community of Ferguson, with the families of Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Eric Gardner, John Crawford, Trayvon Martin, Joell Anderson, Andy Lopez, Renisha McBride, Oscar Grant, Jordan Davis, Sean Bell, Ezell Ford, Ayanna Standley Jones, Yvette Smith, and the countless others, too many to name here….