By Zahara Hill, ebony.com
It doesn’t feel like it’s been three years since ex-cop Darren Wilson fatally shot Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Maybe that’s because Brown’s shooting seems as if it’s been reenacted through police killings that are becoming so overwhelmingly present, it’s impossible to keep count. For the Brown family and most Black Americans, his killing is a wound that continues to be ruptured by the deaths of Tamir Rice, Walter Scott, Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, Jordan Edwards and other unarmed Black men.
Nonetheless, it’s been three years since a postmortem Brown was criminalized by media outlets. There was something uniquely jarring about the 18-year-old’s death. It established a pattern that we may not have noticed through the killings of Sean Bell, Trayvon Martin or Eric Garner: that the unjust killings of black men by police weren’t going to stop.