Monday, November 24, 2014

Michael Brown's Shoes

Too many black youths in America walk in Michael Brown's shoes every single day of their lives.  The story is all too common now- an unarmed black youth gunned down by Police.  It's a frightening trend across our country which has garnered more and more attention with cases like this young man's from Ferguson, MO.  Each time a cop passes sentence on another citizen in the streets instead of the courtroom, minority communities lose a bit more faith in the justice system.

In his address to the public announcing there would be no charges against Officer Darren Wilson, St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch stated that the young man's shooter exercised the same rights which all American's have to defend themselves if they fear for their lives.  Somehow, I don't think these rights would stand up to the same scrutiny under different circumstances.  Try putting Michael Brown's shoe on the other foot.  A white Police Officer strikes a black youth for trying to tell him what to do.  The youth retaliates by firing 12 shots at the Police Officer, killing him in the street.  The black youth would be sent to trial by a grand jury's decision in three minutes, not three months.  He'd be a cop killer and sitting on death row.  As the case rests today under these same circumstances, the public is told Darren Wilson did his job.

Michael Brown was only 18 years old.  He was no saint.  He disobeyed a Police Officer.  He struck a Police Officer.  He broke the law and he should have been punished, not murdered.  He should have been given a chance to reform himself through the proper channels of a justice system we're supposed to trust.  Instead, he was given a death sentence in the middle of the street.  Michael will never see a day in court for his wrongs- and neither will Officer Darren Wilson for his.  Today we were all told two wrongs make a right.

Tonight I was compelled to draw a portrait of Michael in memoriam.  Tonight I stand in solidarity with the people of Ferguson, MO as the city feels their unrest.  Tonight I stand in solidarity with every black youth who has been gunned down instead of being sent to trial.

Thursday, November 20, 2014


(Pen and Dry Erase Marker on Scratch Paper)

“There are three classes of people: those who see. Those who see when they are shown. Those who do not see.”

“I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.”

“Wisdom, compassion, and courage are the three universally recognized moral qualities of men.”

“Human behavior flows from three main sources: desire, emotion, and knowledge”

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

DUNCE HAT dOOdle No. 439

"Talk sense to a fool and he calls you foolish."

"Ignorance is the curse of God; knowledge is the wing wherewith we fly to heaven."

"The more often a stupidity is repeated, the more it gets the appearance of wisdom."

"Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge."

Wednesday, November 12, 2014


"Men fear Death, as children fear to go in the dark; and as that natural fear in children is increased with tales, so is the other." 

"Years, following years, steal something every day;
At last they steal us from ourselves away."

"From my rotting body, flowers shall grow and I am in them and that is eternity."