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On Michael Brown, Sketch Factor, and Finding a Safe Way Home

48hills, 8/14/2014

There is a deep and disturbing dissonance between the Ferguson Police Department’s demands that protestors “Just go home,” and the reality of Black life in America.

Ferguson is the suburb of St Louis, Missouri where Michael Brown, an 18-year-old Black man, was shot and killed by a police officer on Saturday afternoon. He was on his way home to his grandmother’s house.

Trayvon Martin was on his way home too, after getting a snack. Renisha McBride was trying to find her way home after getting in a car crash. Oscar Grant was on his way home from a New Year’s Eve party, taking public transportation. Amadou Diallou was unlocking the door of his own apartment building.

None of them made it home.