The verdict is in, is any one of us surprised?
I could say that I was, but then I would have lied.
It was known all along what the outcome would be.
Darren Wilson was innocent, why else has he been free?
Mike Brown was at fault, he should never have been born.
Didn’t his mama know from birth that her child would be scorned?
Those who came before us paved the way to where we are.
But when you look around you, have we really come so far?
Our pastors pray to God to stop those bullets made of lead.
And yet Emmett, Eric, Trayvon, Mike and Amadou are still dead.
Yes, let us pray to God to stop the racists with a gun.
And while we are at it, ask God to tell us what we’ve done.
Were we brought here against our will, or did we climb into a boat,
and row from Africa’s shores when we read the white man’s note?
Did we come to build this land and expect not one thin dime?
We were whipped and chained and raped and now we’re doing time.
They’ve got a plan for us but let’s not go out peacefully.
If they want a goddamn war then arm yourselves for anarchy.
We were pissed on yet again, so fuck shit up tonight.
Or go back home, get on your knees and ask God to do what’s right.
We’ve been doing that shit for how long now, it’s getting kind ‘a old.
I’m tired of waiting on a miracle while Black bodies are getting cold.
God ain’t lying on these streets, our sons and daughters are.
We got no time to wait on God or just wish upon a star.
You say Mike Brown is with his God; his soul is now at peace.
If what you say is true, then to God, send the damn police!
Shelby I. Courtland
©2014 Shelby I. Courtland
No indictment for police officer in death of Michael Brown.
A grand jury has decided not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown, the unarmed, black 18-year-old whose fatal shooting sparked weeks of sometimes-violent protests.
St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch announced the decision Monday evening. A grand jury of nine whites and three blacks had been meeting weekly since Aug. 20 to consider evidence.
At least nine votes would have been required to indict Wilson.
Pastors were planning a rally and prayer service later Monday evening at the West Side Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis.
“There’s a lot of hurt, a lot of brokenness. There’s anger and frustration on every side,” said the Rev. Ronald Bobo Sr., the church’s pastor. “We need the hand of God to lead us and guide us.”