I don’t often write about current events, because I’m not a journalist and that’s not the purpose of this blog. However, the events of this past week require critical attention from all of us. We’ve all learned about the town of Ferguson, MO, where teenager Mike Brown was killed by a cop. Why? We don’t know – and everyone has a different answer – but most are certain (and unsurprised) to learn that his race had something to do with it.
Again: I’m not a journalist, I wasn’t on the scene, and I can’t speak with authority on what happened or what is currently happening. What I can do is follow the news, try to spread the word by retweeting reliable news sources, and help people find relevant articles that might help them gain perspective on what happened. In that light, today’s edition of Tuesday links is focused on Ferguson.
- The Los Angeles Times had a great primer on what happened in Ferguson
- Vox also had a great piece on what’s happening
- We’ve now seen the terrifying result of the militarization of police
- Mike Brown’s autopsy shows us that he was shot six times. SIX.
- How the First Amendment was violated & ignored by the police in Ferguson
- How the rest of the world views the situation in Ferguson
- Does it make a difference if police officers have to wear body cameras?
- The difference between the ALS Challenge & Ferguson
- 12 things white folks can do to be allies (and in case you need a reminder of what white privilege entails, I defer to Peggy McIntosh’s “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Backpack”)
31 people were arrested last night in Ferguson after the police & the protesters began to clashActually, it was apparently closer to 78 arrested. Wow.
- How strong is the case against Darren Wilson, the officer that shot Mike Brown?
- How to extend your twitter activism
- John Oliver had a fantastic piece on Ferguson. Watch it below:
Much like other Twitter revolutions, much of what is happening is being broadcast live on Twitter and ignored by many major media outlets. It’s crucial that we keep ourselves informed on what is happening, and do what we can to help, either by spreading awareness or by participating. Additionally, if you’re able to help monetarily, the ACLU of MO is working overtime to keep up with the happenings in Ferguson, and you can donate to them here. You can also donate to the food bank of Ferguson here or donate to the legal defense fund for Justice for Mike Brown to help those arrested get legal counsel and pay for bail here.