Back then: “In the 1960’s when people marched together to a meeting point, it was called the “Civil Rights’ Movement.” ….. Now: Ferguson!
Demonstrations, protests, marches. Those three words have been on my mind since August 9, 2014 when Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson killed Michael Brown. I admit that I have not yet gotten over Juror B37 in George Zimmerman’s case referring to peaceful protests as “riots.”
Times have changed, and most people may not know or remember why there is a difference in the words.
The citizens of Ferguson, Missouri were protesting and demonstrating. They were protesting because the name of the police officer had not been released and that he was not arrested. However, they were also demonstrating. They demonstrated against police harassment, injustice, and a system that oppresses, denies, and violates, their civil rights. They were demonstrating against the system that Darren Wilson freely used to take the life of an unarmed 18-year old and protesting because the system appears to be protecting Wilson.
What happened next is that…
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