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Dev Hynes, Rihanna and musicians react to Ferguson ruling

‘Justice for ____. I left it blank because I'll probably need this next year.’

Thousands of protesters have hit the streets across the US in the wake of the grand jury decision not to indict Darren Wilson for the killing of Michael Brown, with musicians like Dev Hynes, Rihanna, Mykki Blanco, Sky Ferreira and others taking to social media to express their anger and heartbreak at the ruling. 

In a series of tweets, Blood Orange singer Dev Hynes lambasted the racism underlying what many call a miscarriage of justice:

He also urged protesters to stay strong:

While certain big pop stars (cough Beyoncé cough) were conspicuously silent on Ferguson, Rihanna had no such qualms about speaking out, instagramming a John Lennon quote urging non-violence and a protest sign that pointedly acknowledged how deaths like Michael Brown come around all too often:  

At a Run The Jewels in St Louis, Killer Mike broke down while speaking to the crowd about the grand jury decision.

"Tonight I got kicked on my ass, when I listened to that prosecutor," he told the audience. "You motherfuckers got me today. I knew it was coming. I  knew it wasn't going to be good... I have a 20 year old son, I have a 12 year old son and I'm so afraid for them."

But he warned: "You motherfuckers will not own tomorrow. We will not live in fear." 

Macklemore also joined the hundreds-strong crowd in Seattle demonstrating against the grand jury decision. In a brief interview with a news reporter, he said: "It's about Mike Brown, it's not about me."

Mykki Blanco raised doubt over the timing of the verdict. Despite reaching a decision in the afternoon, the ruling was announced to the public until several hours afterwards at 8pm local time. 

Meanwhile, Sky Ferreira – who supported the Michael Brown protests in the past – posted this image of the 18-year-old victim, writing: "#AllLivesMatter #RIP".

And then she helpfully summed up how all of us probably feel today: