“I would be remised as a mom if I did not send prayers to #mikebrown mother, family and friends,” stylist June Ambrose posted on Instagram.
After the devastating news that Mike Brown, a young unarmed black man (18), had been gunned down by police, public outcry was at an all time high. June chose to speak out against not only the crime, but the issue of violence itself that steals and destroys so many of our children. Alongside a powerful drawing titled Save.Our.Sons., She wrote:
Truly a tragic loss. I pray that justice can be served without anymore violence. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction…. The chain reaction of evil hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars — must be broken, or we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Her wise words were met with appreciation by others who responded by sharing their own condolences.
Other celebrities speaking out include Kimora Lee Simmons, Big Boi (Outkast), and Reagan Gomez.
Reagan took to Twitter to express her outrage, noting that she is taking particular issue with the media turning its attention to the looting, rather than the issue of the killing itself. She posted: “Looting or not, the story they want to report is NOT about the victim. Keep that in mind while you’re shaming folks who’ve had enough.” Reagan continued, “We shame US for being quiet. Then we shame US for being too loud. We shame us for peaceful protests. Then we shame us 4 breaking s**t.”
The anger for this crime is understandable, especially coming from mothers sympathizing with the unnecessary loss of a child. The topic is heavy and is rooted in generations of systemic violence, but at the heart remains just that – the loss of a child.
If you have any thoughts on this sad news and important issue, please speak up.