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Congressional Black Caucus Slams Ferguson Ruling

The Congressional Black Caucus lamented a grand jury’s decision to not indict officer Darren Wilson on the House floor Monday, calling it “a slap in our face” while repeating the refrain that has become a rallying cry for protestors: “Hands up, don’t shoot.”

“We are running out of patience,” Rep. Marcia L. Fudge, D-Ohio, said. “We waited to hear our country say loud and clear, there are consequences for taking the lives of others. We waited to hear some reassurance that black and brown boys’ lives do matter. But again, we were terribly disappointed and discouraged.”

More than 10 Democrats used Monday’s Special Order Hour to discuss “Black in America” and what some said was another example of racism in the United States.

“Though we’ve elected President Barack Obama here in the United States, I heard some say that we were in a post-racial America,” Rep. Gregory W. Meeks, D-N.Y., said. “No, we are not. For racism is still alive and well in the United States.”

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