Conversations I Wish I Had

“This is our Freedom Summer”:  My Reflections on #FergusonOctober

“As an outsider, I had a different take on the situation — the protest was successful. No violence had occurred. The chanting did not undermine shutting down two main streets and the sit-in at the police station. I explained on Facebook how the end of the protest made sense. Civil rights marches and mass meetings contained exuberance, so why should this march be different? It is true that protesting police killings and the criminalization of black men and women is a serious, if not deadly, proposition. Yet, one of the goals of white supremacy is to delegitimize political and cultural practices of people of color, especially as those actions relate to hip hop culture. To be jubilant in the face of a violent state is significant. That night, several protesters fearlessly turned that street into their church, or their club.”

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