Macklemore Protests In Seattle And Other Celebrities React To Ferguson Verdict
25 November 2014, 12:55 | Updated: 8 May 2017, 17:09
Darren Wilson will not be indicted for the shooting of Mike Brown, and the internet is reacting.
Last night, America was divided both online and off, after it was announced that Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson would not be indicted for the fatal shooting of unarmed teenager Mike Brown.
Twitter has been ablaze with polarised reactions for the past twelve hours - and as the news reaches the world over the course of today, a lot of celebrities and public figures have also weighed in.
Pharrell Williams expressed a desire to "pray for peace".
I'm heartbroken over the news of no indictment in Ferguson. Let's all pray for peace.— Pharrell Williams (@Pharrell) November 25, 2014
'Orange Is The New Black's Uzo Aduba posted a very succinct, tongue-in-cheek comment on American values.
"With liberty and justice for all."— Uzo Aduba (@UzoAduba) November 25, 2014
Rihanna posted this all-too-real protest sign on Instagram.
And 'Daily Show' correspondent Jessica Williams had a multi-Tweet reaction that can be summed up in this single heartbreaking post:
I am angry. I am angry. I am angry. I am angry. I am angry. I am angry. I am angry. I am angry. I am angry. I am angry. I am hurt. I am hurt— Jessica R. Williams (@msjwilly) November 25, 2014
Rapper Macklemore weighed in as well, commenting on the alleged racially biased system that resulted in a lack of indictment.
The system that instills & protects white supremacy wins again. Humanity loses...No justice. I pray for Mike Brown & his family. So sad.— Macklemore (@macklemore) November 25, 2014
And during the rest of the night, Macklemore was quiet on social media - but was seen walking with protesters in Seattle, as other cities unite in solidarity with those who have been protesting in Ferguson for the past three months.
Mike Brown's family expressed their "profound disappointment" in the decision, and called for 4.5 minutes of silence after the verdict. They will continue to campaign for justice, and the enforcement of legislation that will require all on-duty police to wear a body camera.
Darren Wilson has been on paid leave since the shooting in August. The National Guard has been called into Missouri to reinforce the Ferguson police in handling what, until last night, has been a mostly non-violent protest.
It has been three months, but this may just be the beginning.