The New Yorker illustrates the racial divide in Ferguson, Missouri and the USA

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The NewYorker has long had the courage to take sides against bigotry and racism. Especially important in a nation that rationalizes away lynching-by-cop with sophistry about “two sides to every question”.

Vox has a short note about the magazine and Bob Stake who did this cover for next week’s edition.

2 thoughts on “The New Yorker illustrates the racial divide in Ferguson, Missouri and the USA

  1. Resistance is futile says:

    In the city of Ferguson, nearly everyone is a wanted criminal. That may seem like hyperbole, but it is a literal fact. In Ferguson — a city with a population of 21,000 — 16,000 people have outstanding arrest warrants, meaning that they are currently actively wanted by the police. In other words, if you were to take four people at random, the Ferguson police would consider three of them fugitives. That statistic should be truly shocking. Yet in the wake of the Department of Justice’s withering report on the city’s policing practices, it has gone almost entirely unmentioned. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/nathan-robinson/the-shocking-finding-from-the-doj-ferguson_b_6858388.html In 2013 the city of Ferguson reportedly had more crimes than people since at that time there were 1.5 criminal offenses for every city resident. Most of the arrest warrants in Ferguson stem from traffic violations, but nearly every conceivable human behavior is criminalized. For instance “Manner of Walking in Roadway,” “High Grass and Weeds,” and 14 kinds of parking violation – along with “failure to obey.” Also, after one resident was brutally beaten by four Ferguson officers, he found himself charged with “destruction of official property” for bleeding on their uniforms.

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