The Staten Island Grand Jury decision on Eric Garner broke me. I stumbled through my day, got into verbal fights with people I loved, and realized this afternoon how overwhelmingly guilty I felt.

I did everything I usually do when I’m feeling too much, and nothing worked. So I took to Twitter. What I was talking about is something that I see a lot of people struggling with in the news, and amongst my friends & connections onΒ social media: the distinction between shame and guilt as they relate to race.

I’d love to hear your reflections on Twitter. I’ll add them here if you’re willing to stand beside me.

I hope we can find justice, someday. I know we can. Rest in peace, Eric. My heart is with you, Esaw Garner, and your six children.

For anyone who hasn’t seen it, you must, but extreme trigger warning: the video below depicts the now-legally-justified murder of an innocent man: