The disappointment streaming from the decision made to not indict two Caucasian police officers for the deaths of unarmed African American victims Michael Brown and Eric Garner, is conceivable. These decisions seem to indicate that American justice system does not value the lives of minorities as it does the lives of everyone else and it has stoked a rebellious fire in citizens around the world.
The outrage isn’t dying and the news keeps coming: Bridges are being shut down, students are getting arrested and rallies are being organized —activists, journalists, public figures and citizens from different backgrounds have continued to use Twitter to report on real time events. Hashtags such as #ferguson, #blacklivesmatter, and #icantbreathe continue to trend. As horrible as the cause may be, it’s actually a beautiful thing to see the internet used to do more than share pictures of cute kitties climbing into or out of boxes.
Here are eleven of the best Twitter feeds with smart things to say about #BlackLivesMatter.
The fundamental danger of a non-indictment is not more riots, it is more Darren Wilsons.— jay smooth (@jsmooth995) November 24, 2014
Senior editor for The Atlantic and journalist-in-residence of CUNY’s Graduate School of Journalism. Contributor to The New York Times Magazine, Washington Post, The Washington Monthly. Awarded 2013 National Magazine Award for opinion and critique.
Diff between this an “black on black” crime is state considers civilian killers to be criminals. But a cop is an agent of state interests.— Ta-Nehisi Coates (@tanehisicoates) November 30, 2014
“If the public isn’t willing to accept the fact that the officers did nothing wrong, they can go to hell.” http://t.co/4xE6b0FN6X— Ta-Nehisi Coates (@tanehisicoates) December 7, 2014
Editor of NPR’s Code Switch blog. Former managing editor at The Washington Post. Founder and editor of the political blog Post Burgie which was awarded the 2009 Black Weblog Award for Best News/Politics Site.
historically, things are much better than they’ve been re: blacks and policing. But that is NOT comforting. That’s a really dark thought.— Gene Demby (@GeeDee215) December 4, 2014
Emmy award-winning comedian, writer, actor, producer and director.
“ A system cannot fail those it was never meant to protect ”— Chris Rock (@chrisrock) November 25, 2014
W.E.B. DuBois. http://t.co/1OCKbrJaTb
Political scientist and assistant professor at Fordham University. Author of Black Ethnics: Race, Immigration and the Pursuit of the American Dream.
As hard as it is being black in this country/in this world. I love being black. The enduring resilience & courage. #FergusonDecision— Christina Greer (@Dr_CMGreer) November 25, 2014
Singer-songwriter. Winner of nine Grammy Music Awards
“I. CAN’T. BREATHE.”— John Legend (@johnlegend) December 3, 2014
I am stunned by the failure to indict Eric Garner’s killer.— John Legend (@johnlegend) December 3, 2014
Writer-reporter for MSNBC. Former columnist for the Times Picayune and Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for journalism for his Hurricane Katrina coverage.
BREAKING: A source close to Michael Brown’s family confirmed with me that family notified there will be no indictment of Darren Wilson.— Trymaine Lee (@trymainelee) November 25, 2014
At the spot where Garner was killed, more reflective than raucous. Heavy-hearted not fiery. Here, they stand vigil. pic.twitter.com/aox4GaO3dl— Trymaine Lee (@trymainelee) December 4, 2014
Political reporter for the Washington Post. Selected as the 2014 Emerging Journalist of the Year.
Was arrested— Wesley Lowery (@WesleyLowery) August 14, 2014
Officers decided we weren’t leaving McDonalds quickly enough, shouldn’t have been taping them.— Wesley Lowery (@WesleyLowery) August 14, 2014
Justice and political reporter for the Huffington Post. Covers news on Guantanamo, Ferguson and Department of Transportation.
FERGUSON, Mo. – pic.twitter.com/xpnirNu2Fc— Ryan J. Reilly (@ryanjreilly) November 26, 2014
Alderman of the 21stWard in St. Louis. Founder of North Campus, a program dedicated to prepare children for higher education. Heavily involved in #BlackLivesMatterMovement
Andrew J. Padilla
Independent journalist and filmmaker based in New York City. Creator of the award-winning documentary El Barrio.