“I wasn’t there when Mike Mike was shot. I didn’t see him fall or take his last breath, but as his mother, I do know one thing better than anyone, and that’s how to tell my son’s story, and the journey we shared together as mother and son.” —Lezley McSpadden
Unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot dead by Ferguson police on August 9th 2014 sparking unrest and dozens of protests in the Ferguson, Missouri area. Almost two years after the incident, Lezley McSpadden, Mike Brown’s mother, is releasing an autobiographical book, Tell The Truth And Shame The Devil: The Life Legacy And Love Of My Son Michael Brown.
I’m not just speaking to Black people, I’m speaking to anyone that would like to know the truth about myself and my son and the time that we shared together that he was here with me. So it’s for all eyes and all ears, not just Black ears. But me being a Black woman…being a Black person in general, some of the lingo is just how we speak. And I don’t think it should be watered down and I think it should be accepted because we all speak differently. No matter what, everyone has their own genre of language, especially when they come from different parts of the world,” she told EBONY.
When asked whether or not she thinks the critics will finally agree, after reading, that she was denied justice, she says, “This isn’t to change anybody’s mind because you can’t do that. People are people and opinions are opinions. What this is, is letting them know who my son was, because nobody knew who my son was, especially speaking of the naysayers and the negative people that feel like what happened was the right thing to happen: no way in the world was it right. So I just want them to know who Michael Brown was. That’s my purpose. My son was not a bad person, he was not a thug, he didn’t have a rap sheet, he didn’t tote a pistol, he was not like that at all. Not at all.”