America has reached a point where the subliminal veil of pervasive injustice has been categorically removed and a bright light is now shining on its powerful and suppressive essence. The erroneous thought of living in a post-racial America is truly a façade. This reality, though intellectually denied and refuted through a lens of privilege, is now forcing all of humanity, at least those who elect to be privy to and abreast of National and International events of racial trauma, to make choices, espouse a position, or retreat behind the Eurocentric hegemonic walls of superiority, colorblindness, supremacy, imperialism, and racism.
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The Ferguson tension and grand jury verdict, concerning the Darren Wilson killing of Michael Brown Jr., has left me with complex emotions and responses. Clearly this is not the first encounter of its kind, yet the enigmatic circumstances remain. Considering the fact that I have lived through this experience with my wife and family, as her unarmed brother was gunned down by two Oakland Police Officers in a cold dark alley on November 8, 2010, the Ferguson dynamics are all too familiar. My wife has not been able to watch proceedings or engage in dialogue with me over the verdict or Ferguson fallout, because it is a mere replay of emotionally painful injustice.