It’s been a year since 18-year-old Michael Brown, Jr. was gunned down in Ferguson, Missouri, and since that time the #BlackLivesMatter movement has only grown. While many thought it would have petered out by now, the call for justice and equality for Black folks has only gotten stronger.
Like many of you, we’ve been grappling with what to say about the anniversary of Brown’s untimely death, and the slayings of many more unarmed Black men and women since. Thankfully, filmmaker Ava DuVernay perfectly summed up our thoughts in one heartbreakingly poignant Instagram post.
DuVernay, who has been outspoken on the need for more representation of Black films and filmmakers, used a Toni Morrison quote to convey her feelings on this solemn anniversary.
“This soil is bad for certain kinds of flowers. Certain seeds it will not nurture, certain fruit it will not bear. And when the land kills of its own volition, we acquiesce and say the victim had no right to live. We are wrong, of course, but it doesn’t matter. It’s too late.” Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye. This is #MikeBrown. Resident of #Ferguson. American Citizen. Son. Friend. Movement Builder. May he rest in peace and power. #oneyearagotoday
Mother Morrison be knowing.
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