“we’re both asking for the same thing”

Policemen are saying, “Judge us as individuals. Don’t judge us on that bad encounter you had with a policeman.”

On the other side, we’ve got young black men saying, “If I’m walking down the street, judge me based on me, and not what a hundred other guys may have done the day before.”

We’re both asking for the same thing.

– Missouri State Police Captain Ron Johnson

No matter what the grand jury decides, I do not want my son’s death to be in vain. I want it to lead to incredible change, positive change, change that makes the St. Louis region better for everyone.

I waited.

I sat glued to the television as night gave way to morning, watching.

Watching the fires rage.

Seeing the anger.

Feeling the pain.

Praying for the peace that can only come with universal restraint.

That can only be sustained with universal respect.

While we understand that many others share our pain, we ask that you channel your frustration in ways that will make a positive change. We need to work together to fix the system that allowed this to happen.

The conversation desperately needed to happen.

Needs to happen.

The anger needed to be seen.

Needs to be seen.

The pain needs to be laid bare.

Because things need to change.

These are real issues, the President said. And we have to lift them up and not deny them or try to tamp them down. What we need to do is understand them and figure out how do we make more progress. And that can be done.

Join with us in our campaign to ensure that every police officer working the streets in this country wears a body camera.


Los Angeles.



New York.

They marched.

We respectfully ask that you please keep your protests peaceful. Answering violence with violence is not the appropriate reaction.

For change.

For something better for all of us.

And I am confident, he said, that if we focus our attention on the problem and we look at what has happened in communities around the country effectively, then we can make progress not just in Ferguson but in a lot of other cities and communities around the country.

Let’s not just make noise, let’s make a difference.

We’re both asking for the same thing.

*Blocked quotes are the words of Michael Brown Sr.










6 thoughts on ““we’re both asking for the same thing”

  1. Thank you.

    For these words, for this recognition, for understanding. This is not the first time I have cried because of what’s happening in our country today, but it’s the first time this morning I’ve seen understanding and kindness alongside the recognition of rightful pain and anger.

    Thank you.

  2. Understanding and kindness–Michael Brown Sr. gets this. This is what is needed in the world. We’re both asking for the same thing.

    Love you,

  3. We can figure these things out. Our kids need the adults to take charge and figure this out so our sons can walk down the street safely. Our kids need us to leave a more peaceful, more inclusive world. I am confident that we can make it better, cameras are a great start.

  4. I loved your facebook post about Holiday gatherings. Loved it so much I adapted it and sent it out to some peeps who needed to hear it. I privately call it my “Holiday Disclaimer”
    Dear Family and Friends

    Holiday gatherings can be hard for so many reasons. For our dear boy who struggles with social and sensory challenges, they can be torture. Although he may not express it in the same way as other children, we recognize the signs and we’re aware. We’re doing our best to teach him to be respectful of others while still protecting his delicate sense of self. And we appreciate your support, understanding and love, even though his behavior may be difficult at times.

    We’re looking forward to all the celebrations and gatherings.

    Happy Thanksgiving
    With Love,

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