The Road from Selma to Ferguson

Two cities separated by 600 miles and 50 years We remember our wars by their battlegrounds. By the same logic, the long fight for civil rights in the United States is sometimes reduced to a series of cities: Montgomery, Little Rock, Selma. Some would now add to the list Ferguson, Mo., the site of unrest last year over the shooting […]

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What the International Response to the Civil Rights Movement Tells Us About Ferguson

International criticism during the Civil Rights Movement helped bring about new legislation Images of armed soldiers blocking nine African-American high school students from integrating a public high school in Little Rock, Ark. shocked the world nearly 60 years ago. Organs of Soviet propaganda, determined to disrupt perceptions of a tranquil American democracy, wrote of American police “who abuse human dignity […]

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Obama: Ferguson Exposed ‘Gulf of Mistrust’ Between Cops and Communities

Law enforcement targeting of blacks and other minorities “has a corrosive effect—not just on the black community; it has a corrosive effect on America” President Barack Obama said Saturday that the shooting of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Mo. last month exposed the “gulf of mistrust” that exists between law enforcement and local residents in many communities. Speaking at […]

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Hillary Clinton on Ferguson: ‘We Are Better Than That’

“We can’t ignore the inequities that persist in our justice system that undermine our most deeply held values of fairness and equality” Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made her first public comments Thursday on the shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., calling for the country to address “inequities” in the criminal-justice system. The likely 2016 Democratic […]

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Paul Ryan: Don’t Rush to Judgment on Ferguson

The Wisconsin congressman cautions against jumping to conclusions Former vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan is not joining his Republican colleague Rand Paul in calling to demilitarize the police in light of events in Ferguson, Mo. Ryan, who’s currently on a tour promoting his new book The Way Forward, is calling instead for a note of caution. The Wisconsin congressman said […]

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Obama Voices Concerns on Police Militarization in Wake of Ferguson

“There is a big difference between our military and our local law enforcement and we don’t want those lines blurred” President Barack Obama said Monday he is open to reviewing U.S. federal support for local police departments that has been used to purchase military-style equipment, in the wake of intense clashes between protestors and police in Ferguson, Mo. Speaking from […]

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Ferguson Erupts Again as Protests Turn to Violence

Demonstrators defied a state-imposed curfew, triggering skirmishes that critically wounded one man and left seven others arrested Violence flared again overnight in Ferguson, Mo., as a state-imposed midnight curfew drew protests and then running clashes between dozens of people and heavily armed police. The skirmishes left one man in critical condition with a gunshot wound and seven others arrested. In […]

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