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Eighteen-year-old Michael Brown, a black, unarmed man, was fatally shot by Darren Wilson, a white police officer, in Ferguson, MO, on August 9, 2014. There were conflicting viewpoints regarding the events leading up to Brown's killing on whether he was surrendering or approaching Wilson. In November, a grand jury did not indict Wilson. Both Mike Brown's death and the grand jury's decision led to protests across the country touching on racial tensions and police brutality. Police in Ferguson reacted with a militarized response, both immediately following the event and again after non-indictment, exacerbating the unrest. Darren Wilson later resigned from the police force. As of December 2014, protests continue and greater discussion is happening around the country regarding structural racism and violence toward black people by white police.
This guide is meant to serve as a jumping-off point for students and faculty to gain a better understanding of the unjust deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and so many others. Using appropriate pedagogical strategies and resources, instructors can help students interrogate the racism endemic to police power, the state, and the criminal justice system. We will try to keep this guide as up-to-date as we can.
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This LibGuide was based on Ferguson Resources, University of Arizona Libraries. Last Date Updated Dec 17, 2014. Web.
MLA Citation: "Teaching #BlackLivesMatter: Race, Policing & Protest." LaGuardia Community College Library Research Guides. LaGuardia Community College, CUNY. Last Date Updated. Web. Date Accessed.
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