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Never Forget: The Case for a National Monument for Victims of Racial Violence

By Jean McGianni Celestin

America knows how to honor its dead. It memorializes national tragedies so we, the living, will Never Forget.

For millions of African-Americans, 2014 has been an unforgettably tragic year. Last night’s grand jury decision to excuse Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of Michael Brown represents the nadir of it all. Since George Zimmerman’s acquittal for Trayvon Martin’s murder in June 2013, the violent deaths of unarmed black men and women at the hands of white civilians and law enforcement have found permanence in media headlines.