On November 24th, it was announced that there will be no charges brought against Darren Wilson, the police officer who fatally shot 18 year old Michael Brown. The case has become a national source of contention and debate, with many people claiming that the police officer was justified.
However, despite that there are many people that believe that the shooting was justified, there are still hundred of thousands of people who believe that Michael Brown was unfairly treated and targeted because of his race. In the days following that decision, thousands of protesters have organized in dozens of cities across the United States and abroad to protest the decision that was made.
From Ferguson, Missouri, where Michael Brown was shot, to Los Angeles, New York City, Seattle, and dozens of other cities, protests have caught the attention of national media. In New York City on the 24th, thousands of protesters shut down three different major bridges leading out of Manhattan. In New York City, one of the people who were stuck on the Manhattan bridge was Kahlil Bess, a 41 year old black man. When asked about whether he minded being stranded in traffic, he responded “I understand that injustice is never convenient.”
Later in the week, on Thanksgiving morning, a small group of protesters planned to #stoptheparade during the annual Macy’s Day Parade. In Los Angeles, more than 100 protesters have been arrested and jailed because of their “failure to disperse.”
And while Black Friday is often seen as a day for hedonistic shopping trips, many rallied in the days before to urge people to stay home instead of shopping. A Facebook Event Page had 28,000 people committed to boycotting Black Friday. Instead of spending their money at multi-national corporations, the event page encouraged people to purchase instead from black-owned businesses. In Seattle, a group of protesters chained the doors of a mall shut in protest of the Ferguson Decision. In St. Louis Missouri, a group of protesters succeeded in shutting down the Galleria Mall later that day.
Even though protests seem to be dwindling as the initial shock of the decision in Ferguson passes, there are still major protests being organized throughout the United States. On Saturday December 13th, there is a “Millions March NYC” protest being planned in Union Square, with 4.2 thousand people committed to attending. Smaller protests by cities and student organizations on college campuses also have been organized for the coming weeks. As we are reminded by the voices of countless protestors—these protests are not just about Michael Brown — they are for equality and equal treatment for all people.