Social Justice In Ferguson, Missouri
On August 9, 2014, an 18 year old black male named Michael Brown was shot and killed by a white police officer, Darren Wilson, in Ferguson, Missouri. Officer Wilson suspected that Brown was a robbery suspect which was his reason for shooting him. Brown was not a robbery suspect and was unarmed at the time of the shooting. Officer Wilson was and still has not been arrested for the shooting. Brown’s body was left on the street for multiple hours and police withheld the name of the officer who shot Brown.
A day after the shooting, riots began to occur in Ferguson. Locals were outraged in the shooting because it was a result of racism and because Wilson was not arrested. Riots went on for days which resulted in a state of emergency issued by Missouri Governor, Jay Nixon. During the riots, a QuikTrip was set on fire which led to over 30 arrests and other businesses were vandalized as well. Although there were violence acts of rioting in Ferguson, there were also peaceful protests in Ferguson and all in other parts of the country.
Even though the shooting of Michael Brown was an injustice act, that doesn’t mean violence will justify the act. Society must learn how to rise above violence and handle the situation in a civil manner just like Martin Luther King Jr. advised us to do. The shooting of Michael Brown is an example of how racism still occurs today in America. Racism is a cowardly act and needs to ultimately end. As people, we need to raise awareness about racism and make this world a better place for everyone. Thanks for reading.