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Celebrities Voice Dismay Over Ferguson Grand Jury Verdict

  • Civil rights activist Al Sharpton (Photo: Reuters).

    Civil rights activist Al Sharpton (Photo: Reuters).

Published 25 November 2014

Hollywood stars, musicians, authors, athletes and comedians show their support for Michael Brown.

As the disbelief and anger set in over the grand jury verdict to not indict police officer Darren Wilson over the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, celebrities took to social media to express their solidarity with the family of the unarmed black teenager.

Hip hop artists Rihanna, Pharrell Williams, Missy Elliot and Young Jeezy all posted messages of condolence, while comedian and actor Chris Rock expressed his disappointment with U.S. justice with his quote from W.E.B. Dubois, “A system cannot fail those it was never meant to protect.”

Tennis champion Serena Williams took to Twitter to call the grand jury decision “shameful,” and legendary basketball player Le Bron James posted an illustration to Instagram of Brown walking arm in arm with another murdered black teenager, Trayvon Martin.

Producer Moby was shocked that no one would be accountable for Brown’s death.   

Author and editor of The Atlantic magazine, Ta-Nehisi Coates, who has been vocal on the case since it erupted in August, echoed the words of author and academic William Jelani Cobb with his statement that Brown's "death was punctuation to a long, profane sentence, which has insulted a great many, and with damning frequency of late,” he wrote.

Other celebrities to add their voices to the outcry were actress and writer Lena Dunham, civil rights activist Al Sharpton and comedian Cedric the Entertainer.



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