Questlove is a celebrated presence when it comes to expressing his views on the issues of the moment. Known to pen remarkably insightful pieces that evoke a level of thought-processing that is both refreshing and gratifying, The Roots co-founder’s response to the decision reached by the Staten Island grand jurors inspired a more demure and weighty reaction that was adequately summed up in a simple tweet:
I'm ashamed. Mostly because I'm no longer shocked at things now-a-days. Nothing is shocking. #EricGarner
— Questlove Gomez (@questlove) December 3, 2014
The pain of knowing that expectations are non-existent when it comes to justice being allotted to Black victims and their families is an indication of the complete breakdown of a system that professes to protect ALL citizens. Clearly the Black community is excluded from the equation and it is a reality that has evolved into acceptance – a brutal truth that Questlove is sadly harboring.