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I am Mike Brown and My Life Matters

Mike Brown, a recent high school graduate, was on his way to visit his grandmother in Ferguson, Missouri when he was shot to death police. He was unarmed.

We live in societies that increasingly ramp up their militarized police forces for the purpose of keeping people in a particular social order that benefits a very narrow section of society.

Modern day policing is rooted in slave patrols who in the eighteenth century were used to police plantations and to hunt down runaway slaves. Slave patrols didn’t need a jury trial or indictment to maim or kill runaway slaves. ( Some good reads on this topic include Our Enemies in Blue by Kristian Williams).

Enough is enough. We should be tired of this shit. It’s been hundreds of years of the same impunity.


A black and white photograph of a young Black man, Mike Brown, is colorized with dark brown for his skin, a white t-shirt, and a green and yellow background with a repeating circular pattern. He has short black hair and looks directly at the viewer. At the bottom, white text against a yellow-orange band of color states, “I am Mike Brown and my life matters.”

Reflections of Healing

Reflections of Healing

September 28, 2014

Join me at the Oakland Museum of California for the public unveiling of Reflections of Healing, a large-scale art installation created by artist and educator Brett Cook with participation from…