Ferguson

The Ferguson grand jury was not deliberating or deciding whether America has a race relations problem.

It was not deliberating or deciding whether a lack of trust or a presence of fear exists in our nation.

It was not deliberating or deciding whether our nation suffers from a pattern of injustice.

It was deliberating and deciding, based on the available evidence, whether a specific police officer committed a crime while carrying out his job in a specific place and time.

American justice is not set up to simply follow news accounts, social media discussion and hearsay.

This jury had an important job to do and it did it.

So here’s where our job comes in. A lit candle

The fact that this jury decided that the evidence did not point to a chargeable offense against a specific man in this specific instance does not exonerate America of the larger problems to be addressed.

Just because this police officer was not indicted does not mean America is off the hook.

America has a race relations problem.

A lack of trust and a presence of fear contribute to tragic circumstances on a daily basis.

There is a pattern of injustice in our nation.

We need to learn from this tragedy and the many others happening all around us and take action to help heal, build trust and dismantle fear.

If we don’t – that would be a crime.

A crime for which any grand jury in the world would indict us.

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