Daily Article Reader 11/28/14

This is a compilation of the articles that i found interesting from yesterday up until this morning. Please share and subscribe so you get new content as soon as it is available.

In Ferguson, Where Next?, Michael Gerson, The Washington Post

Barack Obama, Fergsuon, and the Evidence of Things Unsaid, Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Atlantic

‘They’re Murdering Our Kids and Getting Away With it’, Christopher Mathias, Michael McLaughlin, Kate Abbey-Lambertz,  Lydia O’Connor, Huffington Post

Activists Arrested at #StopTheParadLe Protest of Thanksgiving Day ParadeGothamist

The New Threat:’Racism Without Racists’, John Blake, CNN

For anyone who follows racial justice this is not new but scholars are just really beginning to study and white works that examine how institutional racism functions in American society.

Video: Shocking Mistake in Darren Wilson Grand Jury, The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell

I do not think this was a mistake. This DA’s office treated this case like they were Wilson’s defense team. By including a document that was deemed unconstitutional in their packet, the prosecution was at least trying to influence the jury concerning what happened. This was not incompetence but a calculated moved.

The Making of Ferguson: Public Policies at the Root of its Troubles, Richard Rothstein, Economic Policy Institute 

       This is a long read but it is an excellent piece that details the history of the St. Louis area and how Ferguson emerged out of various ghettoization practices during the twentieth century. Rothstein makes it clear that we cannot look at Ferguson as a simple example of blacks move in and white flee taking their resources but we have to approach Ferguson as something that was collectively made by Federal, State, and municipal governments.

#StolenLives: We are Missing OneFerguson Action

A powerful project that illuminates the reality that families such as Mike Brown’s face when their love one is taken from them because someone, cop or private citizen, viewed them as a threat because of the color of their skin. At the end of the day, despite the victim blaming and calling these black men thugs, they were people and they mattered to someone.


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