Here's What Happened In A St. Louis Club The Night The Darren Wilson Decision Was Announced

When he heard the Darren Wilson decision, he thought of his sons. He feared for their lives. He cried. He hugged his wife. Then he took the stage. With his heart wide open.

Rapper and activist Michael Render (aka Killer Mike) had a show in St. Louis the same night the grand jury decision was announced in the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri.

Like a lot of others, Render was hopeful the jury would bring justice to Brown and his family. So when prosecutor Bob McCulloch so casually broke the news that there would be no indictment of officer Wilson, he felt "kicked on his ass."

Instead of the usual hyped-up entry to Queen's "We Are the Champions," Render opened with with a heartfelt reaction and a fiery appeal to every caring soul in the crowd.

Here's the part I want folks to leave with:

"It is not about race. It is not about class. It is not about color. It is about what they killed him for. It is about poverty. It is about greed. And it is about a war machine. It is about a war machine that uses you as a battery."

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Vauhxx Booker, a civil rights activist from Bloomington, Indiana, claims that a group of white men threatened to lynch him during an altercation on July 4 near Lake Monroe, but he was saved by onlookers who intervened.

Video taken during the incident shows he was held down by a group of men who pinned him to a tree in a wooded area. Booker says that while he was being held down, the men threatened to break his arms, repeatedly said "get a noose," and told his friends to leave the area.

The men later let him go after being confronted by onlookers who gathered at the scene.

The incident began, according to Booker, when he and his friends were making their way to the lake to see the lunar eclipse when a white man on an ATV told them they were trespassing. When Booker and his friends continued to walk to the lake, the man on the ATV and his friends allegedly shouted "white power" at them, which is when things turned violent.

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