Being being black in America right now is frankly depressing. With all that is happening, the urge to to go back to “business as usual” seems way off base.

It has always been difficult to speak truth to power. But, when we remain silent, we are more than cowards, we become part of the problem.

I recently received an open letter via email from Neva Walker, the Executive Director of Coleman Advocates. In it she explains why events in Ferguson are personal, and why they fuel her work for positive social change

#Ferguson is now quickly fading from headlines as other current events claim center stage in the media. Nonetheless, the #Ferguson story won’t ever fit into a sound bite, and as long as systemic racism persists in our country, it is important to continue to talk about race, privilege and power in our country.

You can criticize Twitter all you want. Nonetheless, it is shaping the ways we talk about events in Ferguson… and holding folks accountable.

I’ll start out this post by telling you that the #Ferguson story is personal for me. I have family in St. Louis. My grandmother was born in a small farmhouse just minutes away from the Michael Brown shooting. I have cousins who live in the suburbs nearby. For this reason, over the past several days I have watched in horror as the events in Ferguson, Missouri have unfolded.