Ferguson Statement: “All Lives Are Not Given Equal Worth”

Working Families National Director Dan Cantor and Center for Working Families Executive Director Valerie Ervin made the following statement in response to today’s Grand Jury decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson for the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missourri.

The moral logic of this decision would be incomprehensible if it weren’t so routine. Another young Black man is killed, and somehow, no one has committed a crime. We must tell the truth about the nation as we see it: all lives are not given equal worth. As long as this truth stands, our nation is failing to live up to its promise. Today, we rededicate ourselves to changing not just hearts and minds, but also laws and public officials until the stain of racial injustice is erased.

Fifty-nine years ago, a fourteen-year-old Black boy, Emmett Till was beaten, tortured and killed for allegedly whistling at a white woman in Mississippi. His mother decided that his body would be seen in an open casket to allow the world to look in and see the injustice. His murder helped light the spark of the civil rights movement. Three months ago, Michael Brown’s body was left in the street for hours after his death in Ferguson, Missouri. Soon, the eyes of America, and then the world were watching. Let this abrogation of justice catalyze a new movement for justice and dignity for all.