On Nov. 24, when protesters heard that the St. Louis County Grand Jury did not indict former Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, some of them burned and looted in Ferguson and in my neighborhood, where another young man had been killed months later, they broke windows.
The damage in Ferguson is being repaired slowly. On South Grand in St. Louis, two blocks from where I live, shops boarded up their windows the morning of Nov. 25. By that afternoon, local artists were at work, painting those boards.
On the news there is talk of healing that may underestimate the amount of pain in the community. But walking along South Grand, I do feel some hope.