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Wed August 27, 2014
Is the Media Fueling The Unrest In Ferguson?
One day after Michael Brown was laid to rest, protestors returned to the streets of Ferguson, Missouri. Unlike the weeks leading up to the funeral there was no violence or heavy police presence last night. Still, demonstrators say they won’t rest until they get justice for Brown’s family.
While the fatal police shooting of the unarmed black teen and the larger question of the use of force by law enforcement have fueled most of the demonstrations, some activists are also hurling criticism at the media for the way it portrays black men.
Jabari Asim is the Executive Editor of “The Crisis,” the official publication of the NAACP, and an associate professor of writing, literature and publishing at Emerson College.
Justin Ellis is an Assistant Editor at the Nieman Journalism Lab, and former staff writer for the Portland Press Herald.
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