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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:
Nothing's a problem til it touches the "majority" that's why these killings, although regular, aren't seen as an issue in the grand scheme.— Devonté Hynes (@devhynes) November 24, 2014
Because black people will never be seen as equal no matter what, all of us could be shot dead and it wouldn't be seen as an epidemic— Devonté Hynes (@devhynes) November 24, 2014
A white person catches Ebola VIA being in Africa and it's a national catastrophe— Devonté Hynes (@devhynes) November 24, 2014
An unarmed 12 year old boy shot dead and it's just a glitch in your news feed between the American music awards and what Selena Gomez wore.— Devonté Hynes (@devhynes) November 24, 2014
I remember the day after the Zimmerman trial being in union square just completely and utterly dumbfounded... how are we here again?— Devonté Hynes (@devhynes) November 25, 2014
He also urged protesters to stay strong:
Yet again we are told on a large stage that we do not matter. But we do. You do. We know this. Stay together. Stay strong.— Devonté Hynes (@devhynes) November 25, 2014
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."
The system that instills & protects white supremacy wins again. Humanity loses...No justice. I pray for Mike Brown & his family. So sad.— Macklemore (@macklemore) November 25, 2014
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.
It's as if they wanted the rioting, the looting, the anger and confusion.. The timing of this verdict was a set up— mykki blanco (@MykkiBlanco) November 25, 2014
they wanted these people to destroy their own communities tonight to project this image to the rest of the world— mykki blanco (@MykkiBlanco) November 25, 2014
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:
UGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHH— Sky Ferreira (@skyferreira) November 25, 2014
😥😥😥😥😥😥😥😥😥😥— Sky Ferreira (@skyferreira) November 25, 2014