#DontShoot – And Don’t Look Away, America

#dontshoot photo courtesy of Miss Packnett

#dontshoot photo courtesy of Miss Packnett

We ask you, America, not to look away. Don’t pretend Ferguson is so far away. This is America, these are our children. 

It’s too easy for us, in our cozy homes far away, to detach from what’s happening in Ferguson, and what’s happening in cities all over the United States, where police brutality has become such a normal part of daily life that it disappears from the news.

But the death of Mike Brown, a soon-to-be college student (not that it matters, he was also a son, a friend… a human being) who was unarmed when shot by police, has risen to the forefront. Just days after a man was killed in a Walmart, and days before another young man was killed while lying on the ground in Los Angeles, the killing of Mike Brown is a reminder of so many unarmed young Black men who have been brutally murdered by police and security guards in the last few years.

But we ask you, America, to please not look away. Please, don’t pretend that Ferguson is so far away from wherever you live. It’s right next door. It is a part of us. These are our children.

Time for a change, in laws, in the criminal justice system, in any system that presumes one race is more dangerous than another.

Don’t shoot. And don’t look away.

Don’t look away.

Don’t detach. This is America, our America. Regardless of your skin color, victims of police brutality are our family.

Speak out, speak up.

About Joanna Schroeder

Joanna Schroeder is a feminist writer and editor with a special focus in issues facing raising boys and gender in the media. Her work has appeared on Redbook, Yahoo!, xoJane, MariaShriver.com, TIME.com, and more. She and her husband are outdoor sports enthusiasts raising very active sons. She is currently co-editing a book of essays for boys and young men with author and advocate Jeff Perera. Follow her shenanigans on Twitter.


  1. as a brit, the photographs of this paramilitary police department are arresting, they almost look like soldiers.
    and if as according to the below article (which i found on reddit), they are now harassing local and international press, they are out of control

    Two KSDK-TV photojournalists and reporter Elizabeth Matthews were filing a story about the cancellation of school in the Ferguson-Florissant school district. Matthews said they reported from a Ferguson neighborhood just outside a perimeter established by police. The crew was working out of a SUV and a larger “live” van. At least one other TV crew from Al Jazeera America was also in the neighborhood working from a mini-van.
    Approximately five to 10 minutes later, video recorded by the other photojournalist shows police at the intersection of Highmont and West Florissant fire what appears to be tear gas at the Al Jazeera America crew station nearby. The crew of three people is set up with television lights and a camera in front of their mini-van. The video shows the apparent tear gas billowing smoke directly in front of them. The KSDK crew says the canister hit the Al Jazeera America van.

    The KSDK crew says the Al Jazeera America crew was yelling, “We’re the press.” The Al Jazeera America crew can be seen running away from the van on video. Then two police officers can be seen taking down the crew’s television lights and tilting the TV camera toward the ground.


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