To Go or Not to Go: A Weekend trip to Ferguson…

Jaytoe's Americanah

Temperature hit the 80s on that Saturday afternoon on August 9th when the 18-year old Michael Brown, an African-American, was shot dead by a white police officer.  All the facts regarding this incident has yet to emerge to determine culpability, but it is clear that the increasing high 90 degree temperatures this week and last, together with the heated passion of Ferguson residents suggest that coolness and comfort will not come soon.  To start, Ferguson is a town of approximately 21,000 people with about thirty percent whites and almost seventy percent blacks; however, similar to the apartheid conditions in old South Africa or even that of the Iraq of Saddam Hussein, a small minority controls and governs the majority people as the mayor and five out of the six council seat members are white, an inadequate racial representation of the community it serves. Looking at other numbers like the…

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