Thursday, August 08, 2019
KANSAS CITY COMMEMORATES FERGUSON RACIAL UPRISING 5-YEAR ANNIVERSARY!!!
Half a decade ago, Kansas City protested the officer-involved shooting death of Michael Brown non-violently whilst across the State there was a racially charged series of riots that signaled the start of an increasingly divisive social media culture war epoch in American politics.
For TKC, the chips guy throwing tear gas was the most iconic image of the debacle and it's weird to note that the urban legend is now mysteriously dead along with a lot of other activists from this tenuous moment in American history.
At the time many locals feared the spillover of rioting into KC but it turned out that our local murder rate is far more insidious, slow and steady.
Nevertheless, it's worth remembering that mostly white protesters took to the streets of Kansas City's Country Club Plaza in order to argue for the "Black Lives Matter" movement. They shouted "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" in solidarity with inner-city outcry that enraptured cable TV newswatchers across the nation. The difficult demographics of the #BlackLivesMatter social media might help to explain the rise of social media advocacy in general and how it preceded and possibly paved the way for the Twitter success of President Trump.
And so tonight, we share a few news items on the topic and how the KC & the nation has evolved following the flash point.
Ferguson, five years later
How Michael Brown's Death Gave Life to a Movement in Ferguson
Ferguson: 5 years later, racial tension lingers nationally
How Ferguson has changed since 2014
Revisiting the worst night of the Ferguson, Missouri, protests.
Timeline of events in shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson
5 Years After Ferguson, Racial Disparities in Traffic Stops Have Gotten Worse
You decide . . .