Over the past few days, many of us have followed the developing story of the Michael Brown case. Unrest in Ferguson , Missouri has ensued. Both protesters and police have taken to the streets. Moments of peaceful demonstrations during the day turn into tension filled protest at night. Evenings have been tainted with tear gas, looting, showers of rubber bullets and much more. All of this stems from Mike Brown, an unarmed African American teenager, being gunned down by a Ferguson police officer, Darren Wilson. For the full and developing story, click here.
Now, riots and protests are deep rooted American traditions. It is in our DNA. “Give me liberty, or give me death” is not just a historical quote we reference in textbooks. It is the heartbeat of American activism. This is especially true for minority groups within the United States, even more so for African Americans. Civil rights activism runs through our blood. We, as a people, have collectively fought long and hard for our freedom, respect, and ultimately, the chance to seen and treated equally by our non-black counterparts. From slavery days to today’s headlines, unfortunately, we continue to fight for the same thing.