Can’t Find the Words to Talk About Ferguson? Read These

These poetic comments and unflinching observations go straight to the heart of the way many of us feel about Michael Brown’s death and its chilling aftermath. 

From Greg Howard’s essay “America Is Not for Black People,” published at Deadspin 

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On Saturday, Aug. 9, 18-year-old Michael Brown was gunned down by a Ferguson, Mo.,  police officer. The unarmed teen’s death, the refusal of the police department to release the name of his killer until Friday morning and law enforcement’s treatment of demonstrating citizens have left many observers of this week’s events shocked and speechless. Others, in articles, tweets and on camera, have found just the right words to communicate the depth of this American tragedy. Read some of them here:

1. Stacia Brown

From Stacia Brown’s essay “When Parenting Feels Like a Fool’s Errand: On the Death of Michael Brown,” published on her personal blog

Courtesy of Stacia Brown

2. Dorian Johnson

Dorian Johnson, Michael Brown’s friend, in an MSNBC interview

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3. Mychal Denzel Smith

4. Greg Howard

From Greg Howard’s essay “America Is Not for Black People,” published at Deadspin 

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5. Roxane Gay

From Roxane Gay’s article “Silence Is Not an Option,” published on her personal blog

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6. Imani ABL

7. Mychal Denzel Smith

From Michael Denzel Smith’s essay “The Death of Michael Brown and the Search for Justice in Black America,” published at The Nation

Courtesy of Danielle Scruggs

8. Kara Brown

From Kara Brown’s essay “This Is Why We’re Mad About the Shooting of Mike Brown,” published at Jezebel

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9. Melech T

10. Jason Parham

From Jason Parham’s essay “Who Killed Michael Brown?” published at Gawker

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11. Tweet From Gaza

12. Lesley McSpadden, the Mother of Michael Brown

Diamond Sharp is an editorial fellow at The Root. Follow her on Twitter.