The Missouri native by no means noticed herself as an activist. Then, Michael Brown died.
December 28, 2020, 9:00 AM
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Representative-elect Cori Bush didn’t envision herself as an activist — not to mention the primary Black girl to symbolize Missouri in Congress — when she took to the streets in 2014 to protest the capturing demise of Michael Brown.
Brown, a Black 18-year-old, was shot and killed by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, who’s white, on Aug. 9, 2014. The incident sparked nationwide protests and marked a nationwide recognition of the Black Lives Matter motion.
“I didn’t set out to become an activist. That wasn’t even a thing back then,” Bush, a former nurse and pastor who lived six minutes away from the place Brown died, advised ABC News‘ “The Year: 2020.” “I was watching my community in rage. I was watching my community just look a way and feel a way that I was unfamiliar with.”
Six years later, Bush unseated longtime incumbent William Lacy Clay Jr. within the Democratic primaries to symbolize Missouri’s 1st Congressional District, which incorporates Ferguson. She can be sworn in Jan. 3.
During an interview with ABC News, Bush mirrored on how the Black Lives Matter motion has grown and why she determined to run for Congress.
In 2014, she stated, the protesters weren’t searching for to construct a motion, however reasonably, get justice.
“We met out there in a situation of trauma, and we were just out there seeking justice,” she stated. “We weren’t seeking a name. We weren’t seeking to build a movement. We weren’t seeking likes on social media. We were out there to get justice for Michael Brown Jr. and his family, and then not only that, [but also] to see how we could stop what’s happening in this country as it relates to policing and Black bodies.”
Watch “The Year” on Tuesday, Dec. 29, at 9 p.m. ET on ABC
Wilson resigned from the Ferguson Police Department in November 2014, the identical month a grand jury selected to not indict him for Brown’s demise. In March 2015, the U.S. Justice Department additionally declined to prosecute him, citing proof and witnesses supporting Wilson’s claims that Brown attacked him.
Bush lamented the variety of Black individuals who’ve died by the hands of police since Brown was killed, together with Breonna Taylor and George Floyd this 12 months. Nevertheless, she acknowledged the impression of their deaths on the Black Lives Matter motion.
“Seeing that video of that police officer, Derek Chauvin, with his knee on the neck of George Floyd out there on the ground in public, in front of all those people with other officers around and that man begging for his life, and his life still taken from him in that moment,” she stated, “that shook the world, and rightfully so.”
With firms endorsing Black Lives Matter in ads and the phrases being printed on clothes,