Ferguson — “We Don’t All Look Alike”

By:   Rev. Dr. Carl Ellis

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Photo Credit: Megan Sims @The_Blackness48, Howard University Student Body via USAToday

A quiet rage has been inside me since the shooting of Michael Brown on August 15 — a rage I kept under control as I tried to be objective, and resist being manipulated by the strident and predictable rhetoric surrounding this senseless killing. However, as I watched Michael’s funeral, that rage burned hot. It brought to mind the senseless and tragic deaths of other young Black men:Eric Garner, age 43 on July 17, 2014 in Staten Island, NY;Trayvon Martin, age17 on February 26, 2012 in Sanford, FL. I couldn’t help recalling the horrifying murder of Emmett Louis Till, age 14 on August 28, 1955 in the Mississippi Delta. His body was fished out of the Tallahatchie River after being beaten and shot in the head. The image of his mutilated and bloated body is still seared in my memory  more.

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