“They Still Don’t Care!” Michael Brown’s Mother Lesley McSpadden Speaks To Ferguson Protesters
Last night when the prosecutor McCulloch read the grand jury’s decision not to indict Darren Wilson in the murder of Michael Brown, we hurt.
But none of us more than Lesley McSpadden, Michael Brown’s mother.
She heard the announcement before the crowd did. And afterward she came to speak to the protesters who had gathered there.
Here’s what she had to say.
“They think this a f*cking joke. They want him [Darren Wilson] back in Ferguson, I can’t get nobody back.”
“They wrong. Y’all know y’all wrong. And anybody out here that don’t think so, I don’t give a f*ck! They wrong!”
“Everybody want me to be calm. Do you know how them bullets hit my son? What they did to his body as they entered his body? Nobody had to live through what I had to live through but y’all want to come through with your f*cked up ass comments.”
“They still don’t care, they ain’t never gonna care.”
Shortly after that she broke down. And was escorted through the crowd.
You can see that people, very close to her were encouraging the crowd to riot. And while some of you may believe that is the wrong course of action, I do think we need to be sympathetic to this response. Michael Brown’s mother and his family feel betrayed by the very people and community who were supposed to protect both she and her son. And not only did the community fail to protect them, they added insult to injury by allowing Darren Wilson to walk away a free man.
In case, you don’t understand, I’ll leave you with these comments from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in his 1968 “The Other America” speech.
“It is not enough for me to stand before you tonight and condemn riots. It would be morally irresponsible or me to do that without, at the same time, condemning the contingent, intolerable conditions that exist in our society. These conditions are the things that cause individuals to feel that they have no other alternative than to engage in violent rebellions to get attention. And I must say tonight that a riot is the language of the unheard.”