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Friday, October 17, 2014

Changing the Regime in Ferguson

Arrest have been in Ferguson, Missouri as protesters forced their way through a police barricade in linked-arm fashion. Their chants were for Michael Brown, and names were read of the many young people who were killed by police across the nation. It appears that the issue will not rest, and protesters vow that they will not stop their actions.  

The city of Ferguson has a population slightly over 21,000 and is comprised of 70 percent black folk. Yet, there are voices from Ferguson that say that the majority population is poorly represented by the city's administrative body. Could it be that there is a need for this town other than demonstrations of protest?  There has been a need for change within the police force, however there is a lot more work to be done.  An in-service on policing would not change the core of the problems within these communities. Change has to take place to the foundation; and that is not yet been the case (evidenced by the recent death of another 18-year-old only weeks after the death of Michael Brown.) 

No one is doubting that the federal government has enough issues on his hands; however if they can't afford to scrape up the minimal amount of money to do studies on the voting issues in Ferguson, or visit the nearby universities around the city to encourage ways to increase voter turnout, then this will undoubtedly be a recurrent issue. Rather Ferguson, Missouri represents the new issues surrounding voter IDs or not, change is a dire need. So, the question remains if the people of Ferguson are handling the matter in the best way. If the goal is to make the matter a national issue, it appears that they are.

By Brian L. Elliott, The Scarlet Journal
October 15, 2014 3:46PM EDT