A letter of solidarity to those fighting for justice in Ferguson and across the nation:
On November 1st, 1964, the FBI sent Martin Luther King Jr. a “suicide note”. They wrote that he was a failed leader and that he had thirty-four days to kill himself. The letter includes this passage:
“No person can overcome facts, not even a fraud like yourself… I repeat — no person can argue successfully against facts… Satan could not do more. What incredible evilness… King you are done.”
The Michael Brown grand jury verdict shows that facts are not objective. Bob McCulloch successfully rigged the investigation from the start: he did not have to go to a grand jury to get an indictment. Most forget that the grand jury only determines if there is probable cause for a trial – “According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. attorneys prosecuted 162,000 federal cases in 2010, the most recent year for which we have data. Grand juries declined to return an indictment in 11 of them.” McCulloch discredited all but five witnesses, and Darren Wilson’s testimony was uncritically received – there was no cross-examination. It is obvious that the facts presented to the grand jury by McCulloch were intentionally biased and that they were presented to ensure that the verdict resulted in no indictment. McCulloch was not working as a prosecutor; he was defending his own.
Now that facts no longer correspond to reality, our task must be to overcome them. However, we must go further than to hope that a policeman that kills a black man in cold blood will be brought to justice. Our task must be to ensure that people of color are not disproportionately and systematically targeted by law enforcement across the nation. Our task must be to dismantle structures of oppression that have been ingrained in America since its founding. The problem we face is institutional: law enforcement and the justice system dehumanizes people of color and destroy their communities. The death of Michael Brown has opened up the possibility of concrete change not through new legislation but through black voices finally being heard.
In order to create this meaningful change, peaceful protest is not enough. We must protest with purpose, and activists in Ferguson have been organizing since August to make sure that this happens. There has been a call for Bob McCulloch to resign, and this is worth fighting for. However, this is not just an issue in Ferguson: the nationwide militarization of police has led us to this point. Our demands must be met, and this will only happen if we directly confront those who oppress us – the police, the judges, the politicians who remain silent and inactive. We must not protest only to mourn, but also to fight back against an unjust justice system.
Anonymous echoes Ferguson’s call for Bob McCulloch to resign.
We are Anonymous.
We are Legion.
We do not forgive.
We do not forget.
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