Mike Brown

It’s been a year since 18-year-old Michael Brown, Jr. was gunned down in Ferguson, Missouri, and since that time the #BlackLivesMatter movement has only grown. While many thought it would have petered out by now, the call for justice and equality for Black folks has only gotten stronger.

Like many of you, we’ve been grappling with what to say about the anniversary of Brown’s untimely death, and the slayings of many more unarmed Black men and women since. Thankfully, filmmaker Ava DuVernay perfectly summed up our thoughts in one heartbreakingly poignant Instagram post.

DuVernay, who has been outspoken on the need for more representation of Black films and filmmakers, used a Toni Morrison quote to convey her feelings on this solemn anniversary.

Mother Morrison be knowing.

What are your thoughts on the anniversary of Mike Brown’s death? Share them in the comments section below. 

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    very poignant statement. it’s so easy to blame the victim or look for reasons why someone “deserved” what they got b/c so much of this society is built on payback, vengeance, vindication, & blood lust. but how often do we (& i’ll go ahead & include black folks in the “we” b/c we all have faults) stop to think if there’s something we could’ve done to have a different outcome, or if the person we’re against might have a legitimate reason for being the way they are & that we might be the one to help them through it? i had a coworker once tell me that before you place fault on someone, you should come up with 77 reasons why they’re not at fault. his point was to have compassion b/c we’re all humans, trying to make the most of whatever life we have been given. it’s not up to any one of us to deny anyone else the right to do exactly that. so i agree, that it’s not the flower, it’s the soil. it’s a toxic environment for any life to bloom in.