Tonight's protests are not just about Mike Brown, Darren Wilson, the grand jury, Robert McCulloch and Ferguson, Missouri.
The roots of this distress are old; they run deep and wide.
I feel the echoes of the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s, the protests against the Vietnam War.
I also feel the rumblings of the more recent Citizens United and Voting Rights Act decisions in the Supreme Court.
As Michael Brown's parents wrote: "We respectfully ask that you please keep your protests peaceful. Answering violence with violence is not the appropriate reaction. Let's not just make noise, let's make a difference."
May these protests be peaceful.
May good come from these actions.
With the internet there is the opportunity to communicate and organize. The Ferguson National Response Network is just one example.