What Happened in Ferguson?

If you eat at the Dining Commons or in the Union, you may notice flyers on your tables about the recent Ferguson protests. Here, senior Andrew Whitworth shares more information.  If you’re interested in working to combat racial injustice, contact Andrew for ways to get involved.

by Andrew Whitworth, Class of 2015

Few events have captured the attention and imagination of Americans like the recent events in Ferguson, MO and their aftermath. They have brought important but neglected conversations of race, the use of police force, and the U.S. justice system into the national spotlight. The events of Ferguson, along with several other high profile situations involving the death of unarmed black males at the hands of police officers, have provoked protests around the country.

While one can take different positions about these events, what is undeniable is the massive response that they have triggered. Compiled below are a list of links from a variety of different sources that helps provide a picture of the Ferguson events and then perspective on those events and the responses to them.

Informational

“Officer Darren Wilson’s story is unbelievable. Literally.”

http://www.vox.com/2014/11/25/7281165/darren-wilsons-story-side

“Ferguson prosecutor slams “non-stop” social media while calling for increased attention to race”

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2014/11/25/ferguson-prosecutor-blames-social-media-for-complicating-investigation/

“Unorthodox police procedures emerge in grand jury documents”

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/seemingly-unorthodox-police-procedures-emerge-in-grand-jury-documents/2014/11/25/48152574-74e0-11e4-bd1b-03009bd3e984_story.html

“Grand Jury Evidence”

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/11/25/366507379/ferguson-docs-how-the-grand-jury-reached-a-decision?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=2050

“Why I believe the grand jury got it wrong and injustice triumphed”

http://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/thabitianyabwile/2014/11/26/why-i-believe-the-grand-jury-got-it-wrong-and-injustice-triumphed/

“It’s not just Ferguson: America’s criminal justice system is racist”

http://www.vox.com/2014/8/14/6002175/its-not-just-ferguson-americas-criminal-justice-system-is-racist

“Indictment and why black people have a good reason to mistrust”

http://www.economist.com/blogs/democracyinamerica/2014/11/ferguson-verdict-0?fsrc=scn/tw/te/bl/blackandwhite

Perspective

“When Justice Does Not Admit a Moderate Response”

http://www.sharedjustice.org/when_justice_does_not_admit_a_moderate_response

“Violence of Whiteness”

http://austinchanning.com/blog/2014/11/violence-of-whiteness

“Black moms teach white moms about having the talk with their sons”

http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/black-moms-teach-white-moms-about-having-talk-their-sons

“Sin’s part in the system and vice versa”

http://christandpopculture.com/sins-part-system-vice-versa-thoughts-voddie-bauchams-thoughts-ferguson/

The Ferguson grand jury has given us our marching orders

http://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/thabitianyabwile/2014/11/25/the-ferguson-grand-jury-has-given-us-our-marching-orders/?utm_content=bufferb72b3&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

“Barack Obama, Ferguson, and the Evidence of Things Unsaid”

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2014/11/barack-obama-ferguson-and-the-evidence-of-things-unsaid/383212/?single_page=true

“The terrifying racial stereotypes laced through Darren Wilson’s testimony”

http://www.vox.com/2014/11/25/7283327/michael-brown-racist-stereotypes

“America the Beautiful, America the Violent”

http://www.christianitytoday.com/peter-chin/2014/november/america-beautiful-america-violent.html?&visit_source=twitter

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