Plea To Ferguson’s Leaders: To Help Heal, Acknowledge Our Hurt | NPR

Ferguson, Mo., is a study in contrasts. It boasts spacious Victorians in its historic section, with lush green lawns, many featuring “I Heart Ferguson” signs. Just blocks away, there’s a burnt-out QuikTrip. The signs here read “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot.” In some cases, there are boarded-up windows advertising plans to reopen, or decorated with the town’s thanks for the love and support.

Not far from either: A mound of teddy bears and dried flowers marks the spot where 18-year-old fell after being shot by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. Brown’s death not only put a spotlight on these contrasts, but has also encouraged people to try to address them. [Read more]

A Lot of Places Resemble Ferguson, Statistically | New York Times

Ferguson, Mo., stands out for the level of racial turbulence it has experienced this month. But as an economically lagging community that has undergone rapid demographic change in the last couple of decades, it’s not unusual at all.

An analysis performed for The Upshot by Andrew Beveridge, a sociology professor at Queens College, shows that there are 117 communities of 5,000 or more people in the United States that, like Ferguson, were over 50 percent white in 1990 and shifted to over 50 percent black in 2010. [Read more]

“I’m not your brother!”: Video reveals police’s stunning double-standard for black Americans | Salon

The latest in police misconduct was captured in a cell phone video that surfaced earlier this week. The video depicts a black man, identified as 28-year-old Christopher Lollie, sitting in a public space waiting to pick up his young children from New Horizon Academy in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota.

“I want to know who you are and what the problem was back there,” a female cop says to Lollie at the start of the video. [Read more]

Missouri police sued for $40 million over actions in Ferguson protests | Yahoo

A group of people caught up in unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, after a white officer killed a black teenager, sued local officials on Thursday, alleging civil rights violations through arrests and police assaults with rubber bullets and tear gas.

The suit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, says law enforcement met a broad public outcry over the Aug. 9 killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown with “militaristic displays of force and weaponry,” (and) engaged U.S. citizens “as if they were war combatants.” [Read more]

These seven charts explain how Ferguson—and many other US cities—wring revenue from black people and the poor | Quartz

In its violent crackdowns on demonstrations since a white police officer shot 18-year-old Michael Brown in early August, Ferguson police revealed a fresh proclivity for abusing its citizens. However, the city’s finances suggest the St. Louis suburb’s criminal justice system has been stealthily exploiting residents—particularly those who are black or poor—for years. [Read more]

Why having a black president hasn’t ended racism in the USA | The Mirror

In 2008, America elected its first black president. But the symbolic breakthrough for black Americans hasn’t stopped systemic racism in the country, as police violence in Ferguson, St Louis shows.

The most powerful man in America is a black man. Eric Holder – the Attorney General Obama has sent in to investigate the death of Michael Brown at the hands of the police is also black. [Read more]

 

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