It may seem like the country is in a horrifying tailspin after last week's sickening displays of police brutality with the killings of Alton Sterling (July 5) in Baton Rogue, Philando Castile (July 6) in Minnesota, and the sniper-style massacre of Dallas police officers at an otherwise peaceful anti-police brutality protest (July 7). The shootings left five police officers dead, and injured seven more as well as two civilians, according to HuffingtonPost.com.
Even worse, the heavily-armed and violent police response to otherwise peaceful demonstrations across the America, particularly in Baton Rogue where Sterling was killed, echoes Ferguson’s disastrous protests following Michael Brown's murder in 2014.
Well-known and beloved Black Lives Matter activist DeRay McKesson was one of over 100 people arrested in Baton Rogue late Sunday night after documenting police provocation.
BLM supporters across the country flooded the Baton Rouge Police Department with calls in effort to get McKesson and others released. He was eventually freed on Sunday afternoon.
As we all try to process how such injustices are happening in America, Black Twitter has managed to find joy in every victory, and celebrated DeRay’s release with the #DerayHasBeenReleasedParty hashtag. It was filled with brilliant humor, carefree joy and the ever-present wokeness. It even caught the eye of Queen Sugar and Selma director, Ava DuVernay.
Here are the some of the highlights of the #DerayHasBeenReleasedParty hashtag: