Dear People of Ferguson, Missouri,
My name is Anita Cameron, and I am a Black woman living with disabilities. I am here to say that I stand in solidarity with you. I stand with you in mourning and frustration and rage over the murder of Michael Brown, who was unarmed, by Darren Wilson, a member of the Ferguson Police Department. I stand in solidarity with you as you demand answers and demand justice for Michael.
As a person with disabilities, I am aware that Michael's murder is one in a very long list of Black people, particularly, young men, who have been murdered with impunity by police all around this nation. Most often, no charges are filed, and in the rare cases when the officers are brought to trial, they are either acquitted or given what amounts to a slap on the wrist. I, too, live under the systemic, institutionalized racism that makes Black lives and Black bodies unworthy, less than, criminal, other.
I stand with you in your anguish, frustration and rage as the police try their best to smear Michael's name and dehumanize him.
I stand with you in your peaceful, nonviolent protests, even as your town is militarized like a war zone and the police and outside agitators and local opportunists try to goad you and turn your peaceful protests into violence. Hold on and stand strong against them - YOU know violence is NOT the answer to injustice!
I pray for your safety, for the safety and well-being of Ferguson, for the journalists and peaceful visitors and supporters.
I stand in solidarity with you in the name of Michael Brown, Kimani Gray, Kendrec McDade, Oscar Grant, Sean Bell, Amadou Diallo, Abner Louima, Ousmane Zongo, Aaron Campbell and all of the Black men and women murdered by police. May justice and peace prevail!