Nearly two weeks have passed since the death Mike Brown, an unarmed teenager that was gunned down by a Ferguson police officer. There has been much speculation regarding what instigated the confrontation between Mike Brown and the officer, who has now been identified as Darren Wilson but what is clear, is that this is not an isolated incident, neither in Ferguson or around the country. Over the last few months, there have been many incidents of police using excessive force, which in many cases result in the death of an unarmed individual. Since the death of Mike Brown, there has been a number of protests across the country and has now attracted the attention of the international community.
As a result, GenYnot wanted to get the perspectives of young people who have watched the events unfold over the last few days. Below are clips talking about the policing of black men, the militarization of America’s police force, hashtag activism and what are next steps young people can take to support the efforts in Ferguson. Be sure to add your insight below.
Who Are Police Protecting and Serving?
Do We Need to Talk About Black on Black Crime?
Is Hashtag Activism Sustainable?
For more information regarding the work that is being done in Ferguson, please check out the national organizations below:
- Million Hoodies: @MillionHoodies
- Amnesty International: @amnesty
- Dream Defenders: @Dreamdefenders