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Will Events In Ferguson Spark A New Civil Rights Movement?




There is so much controversy behind the tragic death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. The riots in Ferguson are still happening with no sign of them ceasing anytime soon, and people all over the world are starting petitions and taking stands for the justice that they so rightly deserve.

Questions have arisen in regards to the happenings in Ferguson and if they could possibly be the start of a modern-day Civil Rights Movement, and the thought of that does not seem too far-fetched.

The Ferguson Police are using everything they possibly can to attack the protestors: tear gas, rubber bullets, and canines. These harmful things are some of the same “tools” used back in the 1960s when African Americans were protesting in the streets of Birmingham, Ala., amongst other places.

History is literally repeating itself, and I cannot say that I did not see it coming.

The situation is so upsetting that people from different cities and states are setting up groups with necessary funding so that they can get to Ferguson to join the “party”.

Rapper J. Cole was seen at the exact place that Brown was killed on Sunday evening paying his respects and speaking with surrounding protestors. The rapper released a heart wrenching song entitled Be Free in honor of Michael Brown.

The lyrics say: “All we want to do is take the chains off. All we want to do is break the chains off. All we want to do is be free.”

The pain in his voice is a representation of the pain that people of color everywhere are feeling. Even a few Tibetan monks flew from India to show their support.

There are so many different opinions on how our people should be responding to this tragedy and many other tragedies like it, and it seems like we will never be on the same page about a plethora of things.

But one thing is for sure—something has got to give—and that is something that we can all agree on.

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