It’s quiet in Ferguson, Missouri, today, the predominantly black suburb of St. Louis where dozens were arrested during days of civil unrest and protests following Brown’s death. Michael Brown’s parents pleaded for calm Monday and asked that protests stop for just one day so they could bury their son.

And while a Grand Jury has been empaneled to hear evidence in the case and decide whether to indict Officer Wilson, Rev. Michael Jones, pastor of Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church, said in an interview that he is tired of burying young black men and talked about Brown’s death from a historical and social perspective.

During the civil rights movement in St. Louis, “We didn’t respond or revolt in a way that resembled the times” as people did in some other cities, Jones said. “So in a quiet way, I think the frustrations have been sleeping or simmering.”  Now, Jones said, “There appears to be a revolution of sorts happening in St. Louis.”

“There’s a racial component of inequities blacks are speaking to,” Jones added. “That is a huge problem that is often not dealt with here in St. Louis and it will continue to scream loudly. It creates a level of frustration and creates a sense of hopelessness and a sense of anger.”

“I know the powers that be in this region would not want to see this,” he said, “but it was inevitable.”

Like Rev. Jones, I’ve grown weary of watching the funeral processions for young Black men. It upsets me when I hear Black mothers grieving for their slain sons and Black fathers talk about losing their best friends.

So where do we go from here?

Black-on-Black crime is also a problem, Jones said. But “The apparent contradiction is our flame and fervor when someone else comes into our community and kills us but we’re not protesting as much and as openly when the numbers show that we’re killing each other at a higher rate.”

As I drove through side streets near Ferguson while daylight turned to darkness, I paid close attention to the speed limit as a police cruiser sped through an intersection.

“I couldn’t protect you but we love you,” the grieving father, Michael Brown Sr., wrote on a funeral card. “I will never let you die in my heart.”

How can we protect black children? Unarmed young Black men should not be gunned down by police simply for walking along America’s streets.

I understand the anger in Ferguson because, as a black man, I’m outraged, too.

What do you think?

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5 thoughts on “COMMENTARY: After Burying Mike Brown, How Do We Protect Our Sons?

  1. Uncle G on said:

    You protect your sons by telling them the history of Slavery and Jim Crow in America. Young
    Black People today are unaware of that history because white legislators in cities and states
    across the country have legislated the history of white folks slavery, murdering and genocide
    of Black Americans for over 400 years out of the school books. So, young Black folks today
    have little understanding of how much white folks hate them today. Young Blacks are very
    unaware of this until it is too late and we have incidents like the Trayvon Martins and the
    Michael Browns. That is when young Blacks will see the overwhelming support for the murderers
    of these young Black males by anonymous whites, donating cash to these perpetrators and making
    racist comments about these unjustified murders of Black males. So, my Black brothers and
    sisters, I would advise you to not trust any whites that you do not know where they stand on racial
    issues. Especially white law enforcement.

  2. Inform our young men of color on how to deal effectively with cops to avoid confrontation and possible death.

    If pulled over in a vehicle for DWB-don’t make any false moves inside the car to make the cop feel threatened.

    Don’t present an attitude and watch what and how you speak to the cop.

    Remember that whatever you may say can be used against you at some point later.

    Always keep your hands in plain sight where the cops can see them!


    Don’t resist, even if you are really innocent.

    That is how African-American males can possible save themselves the fate of Michael Brown, Eric Garner and so many others in the 21 century “OPEN SEASON” on them!!!

    I have three teenage nephews and I feel so sorry for their mom who is raising them in this mentality!

    May God bless our kids and keep them from all possible harm!

  3. Deborah A Noblin on said:

    Yesterday, I had a Sunday dinner, to celebrate back to school year for my grandchildren, The smallest one will be entering kindergarten and he can’t wait! My oldest grandson is starting high school. He’s excited and nervous.
    I could not help thinking, in two years, God willing he’ll be driving and he will get to experience being pulled over and harassed. It sadden me deeply, because I know all his brother’s after him will probably have that experience. I don’t know one black male who has not. I know that when that day happens it will change them. I’m not sure how that change will manifest in them. I know it won’t be positive. I am also angry with myself, and my generation. We dropped the ball, we were so happy with the little changes that were bestowed on us, we took our eyes of the prize. We had a long way to go and we stopped! It’s isn’t enough that I took care of my own, I am my brother’s keeper. Mike Brown’s killing was just kindle that may ignite the fire in all of us, no matter what our color, we need to open our eyes, not just for our children, but for all, we can not change what we don’t acknowledge

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