Last night, a grand jury decided not to indict Darren Wilson for the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. The decision caused waves of anger, sorrow, and protests, but few were surprised. Pessimism turned to hopelessness on social media last night, despite reports of heavy marches in areas like Los Angeles and New York City.
Amongst the sadness, however, were leaders, amongst them Killer Mike, who had a Run The Jewels show in St. Louis about an hour and a half after the decision. Instead of opening with the usual Queen song “We Are The Champions,” Mike spoke on how scared he is for his two young boys, age 20 and 12, and seemed to be near tears. You can watch his emotional call to fight the “war machine” above.
Mike has been heavily active in the response to Michael Brown’s death, writing a Billboard op-ed and appearing on CNN in recent months prior to last night’s speech.
Q-Tip was also making his voice heard last night as he marched with crowds of protestors in New York City last night. You can watch clips of him yelling “Hands up, don’t shoot!” and “Whose streets? Our streets!” below.