Aug 26 2014

From Macy’s to Ferguson: The Spectrum of American Racism – Part 2

Michael Brown’s funeral in Missouri yesterday drew thousands of people at the Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis. One of Brown’s cousins, Eric Davis, was among those who spoke at the funeral, saying the community had had, “enough of the senseless killings.”

Meanwhile a newly obtained audio recording of the Ferguson shooting of Brown by Officer Darren Wilson found “a quick series of shots… followed by a pause and then another quick succession of shots.” An attorney for the anonymous person who recorded the shots said, “I was very concerned about that pause … because it’s not just the number of gunshots, it’s how they’re fired…And that has a huge relevance on how this case might finally end up.”

Ferguson has become a turning point for a discussion of race and the policing of African Americans in the US.

GUEST: Jody David Armour is the Roy P. Crocker Professor of Law at the University of Southern California. He is the author of Negrophobia and Reasonable Racism: The Hidden Costs of Being Black in America. He is also a Soros Justice Senior Fellow of The Open Society Institute’s Center on Crime, Communities and Culture.

Click here to listen to part 1 of the conversation.

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