Yesha Callahan

Ava DuVernay’s Heartbreaking Post About Mike Brown Sums Up Everything We’re Feeling Today

Mike Brown

It’s been a year since 18-year-old Michael Brown, Jr. was gunned down in Ferguson, Missouri, and since that time the #BlackLivesMatter movement has only grown. While many thought it would have petered out by now, the call for justice and equality for Black folks has only gotten stronger.

Like many of you, we’ve been grappling with what to say about the anniversary of Brown’s untimely death, and the slayings of many more unarmed Black men and women since. Thankfully, filmmaker Ava DuVernay perfectly summed up our thoughts in one heartbreakingly poignant Instagram post.

DuVernay, who has been outspoken on the need for more representation of Black films and filmmakers, used a Toni Morrison quote to convey her feelings on this solemn anniversary.

Mother Morrison be knowing.

What are your thoughts on the anniversary of Mike Brown’s death? Share them in the comments section below. 

  1. August 9, 2015 - Reply

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    • August 9, 2015 - Reply


      no, same thing here.

      i did want to mention that tony morrison’s novel the bluest eye is very poignant, powerful, beautiful and disturbing. the above quote, for me, brought to mind a confluence of the songs ‘strange fruit’ and ‘this bitter earth.’

    • August 9, 2015 - Reply


      It did that to me too.

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  2. August 9, 2015 - Reply

    Michael Brown’s passing represents to me sadness (at the murder of a black person) and righteous anger at a current power structure that doesn’t respect the dignity of black human lives. It also represents to me the beginning of a new era of the black freedom struggle (which deals with more young people using protests, civil disobedience, community programs, etc. in wanting liberation). There are people then and now who are fighting for justice and forming real power in the hands of the black community. We are not only opposed to the system of white supremacy (which harms the lives of black men and black women). We want political independence in opposition to the massive militarization of the local police and opposition to police terrorism. Fundamentally, we have a long way to go. Solutions are not just one action. They will consist of many actions and we all have value. We all have a role to play in forming solutions too. Ava DuVernay’s post was excellent. In the concrete of injustice, we want more of the growth of souls to be lights to others.

    RIP Michael Brown.

  3. August 9, 2015 - Reply

    Rest in peace Mike Brown

  4. August 10, 2015 - Reply

    Oh, wow. That is incredibly profound. I’m going to need a minute…

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    • August 11, 2015 - Reply


      Thank you for your great articles Clutch.

  6. August 10, 2015 - Reply

    very poignant statement. it’s so easy to blame the victim or look for reasons why someone “deserved” what they got b/c so much of this society is built on payback, vengeance, vindication, & blood lust. but how often do we (& i’ll go ahead & include black folks in the “we” b/c we all have faults) stop to think if there’s something we could’ve done to have a different outcome, or if the person we’re against might have a legitimate reason for being the way they are & that we might be the one to help them through it? i had a coworker once tell me that before you place fault on someone, you should come up with 77 reasons why they’re not at fault. his point was to have compassion b/c we’re all humans, trying to make the most of whatever life we have been given. it’s not up to any one of us to deny anyone else the right to do exactly that. so i agree, that it’s not the flower, it’s the soil. it’s a toxic environment for any life to bloom in.

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