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Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet: Ferguson Grand Jury Edition

“You motherfuckers will not own tomorrow.” – rapper Killer Mike

“This system you have admonished us to believe in has consistently, unfailingly, and unabashedly let us down and kicked us out, time and time again.” – an open letter from the protestors in Ferguson 

Why it’s impossible to indict a cop. And just how unlikely it is.

“To ask us to be ‘dignified and disciplined,’ to ask us to ‘respect the rule of law’ in the face of such a mockery of justice is to ask us to affirm the path to our own destruction.” – Brittney Cooper

“Are you not angry? Are you not sick of being unsurprised?” – our own Syreeta McFadden

The National Bar Association is “questioning” the grand jury’s decision.

“If this isn’t our collective ‘Black wake-up call,’ then it will never come. The whole damn system is guilty as hell, and if we fail to challenge it, then we are too.” – Jamilah Lemiuex

Darren Wilson’s story is literally unbelievable. As is the fact that he claims he “would not do anything different that day.”


“White people, we face a choice. We can choose to continue to invest in White supremacy and in doing so, surrender our humanity. Or we can choose to divest from Whiteness.” – Jamie Utt

“We are to be silenced, erased, destroyed. Still, we won’t bow down.” – crunkadelic

“Violence is not the answer but neither is peace.” – Roxane Gay

After the non-indictment, five paths forward.

Header photo credit: Jason Redmond/REUTERS

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Maya Dusenbery is executive director in charge of editorial at Feministing. She is the author of the forthcoming book Doing Harm: The Truth About How Bad Medicine and Lazy Science Leave Women Dismissed, Misdiagnosed, and Sick (HarperOne, March 2018). She has been a fellow at Mother Jones magazine and a columnist at Pacific Standard magazine. Her work has appeared in publications like,, Bitch Magazine, as well as the anthology The Feminist Utopia Project. Before become a full-time journalist, she worked at the National Institute for Reproductive Health. A Minnesota native, she received her B.A. from Carleton College in 2008. After living in Brooklyn, Oakland, and Atlanta, she is currently based in the Twin Cities.

Maya Dusenbery is an executive director of Feministing and author of the forthcoming book Doing Harm on sexism in medicine.

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