The backstory of Ferguson, MO, or, Why it IS a Racial Issue (even though you’re sure it’s not)

Too many people have been confused, or maybe just convinced. “It’s not a racial issue,” they’re saying. Even if those of us who can see through the veil know better, let’s suspend disbelief for a moment. Maybe that instant, that decision to use deadly force, was not directly a racial issue. Let’s pretend that Darren Wilson genuinely felt afraid for his life, that his fear had nothing to do with seeing a Black male youth as his competitor but just another person, and that he forgot how to use subduing tactics. Even if we take away all of that, it’s still a racial issue. Here’s why.

The Making of Ferguson–beneath the surface, explicit racial discrimination of the not-so-distant past contributes to the Ferguson of today


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