#Ferguson Anthropologists [also] Speak Out

Ferguson: Anthropologists Speak Out

Race and injustice and anger and fear. All of these and more in the wake of the grand jury decision in the police killing of unarmed teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. What do anthropology and anthropologists have to say about all of this? What can we say? What must we do? We have research and writings, personal and professional experiences to draw upon, we have suggestions to make, students to teach, and together a world to remake into a more racially just society. With all of this in mind, we invited a group of scholars to share their thoughts on Ferguson, Michael Brown’s death, the legal process, police violence, racism, and being present right now as anthropologists. Below are responses from Lee Baker, Whitney Battle-Baptiste, Lynn Bolles, Agustín Fuentes, and Alvaro Jarrin. Thank you all.


“Rage. Tears. Grief. Rage.” These are the words of Kalaya’an Mendoza, Amnesty USA Senior Organizer and Human Rights Observer in Ferguson since Michael Brown was shot in August. On the night of the no-indictment verdict in the Michael Brown shooting case (Monday, November 24), Kalaya’an and other members of the Amnesty staff wore bright yellow shirts that were clearly marked “Human Rights Observer.” Around 1:30 am, they were with community members and protestors in MoKaBe’s coffee shop when they were tear gassed by police. Yesterday, I spoke on the phone with Kalaya’an about the rage and tears and grief. And the rage. With gratitude and respect, our conversation:

Metallica end Ferguson stint with Sad But True

Metallica finished their five night residency on Craig Ferguson‘s Late Late Show by playing Sad But True, following previous choices Hit the Lights, Fuel, For Whom the Bell Tolls and Enter Sandman

Londoners chant ‘hands up don’t shoot’ as Ferguson protests spread to Europe

…gathered in front of the U.S. Embassy in London on Wednesday night in solidarity with protesters in Ferguson See also: Anger echoes across U.S. in nationwide Ferguson protests The protesters in London chanted “Hands up,
AR-15 rifle stolen from torched police car during Fergusonprotest

An AR-15 rifle was stolen from a police car torched in Monday night’sFerguson unrest, St. Louis County police said. When a police car was torched in the evening, the rioters stole the powerful rifle from a rack it was stored in,
After nights of unrest, snow blankets Ferguson amid peaceful protests

As snow trickled down on Ferguson Wednesday night, protests continued at the police department, a popular gathering spot for demonstrations in recent months, but a quieter, subdued tone blanketed the scene. Gone were the
Cruising Through Ferguson

FERGUSON, Missouri—Lala’s car is the matron saint of the Michael Brown movement. The white four-door is present at almost every public protest, usually packed with young demonstrators in Guy Fawkes–style masks.

Ferguson Protests Spread in Size and Scope

FERGUSON, Mo.—Tensions continued to simmer overnight in Ferguson, Mo. as a sharply reduced group of demonstrators clashed with police in this embattled St. Louis suburb. Following theevents of Monday night, officials beefed up the law enforcement presence in front of the FergusonPolice department headquarters on South Florissant. Indeed, the protestors were nearly outnumbered by the police. But neither the frigid November air or the massive show of force deterred them.

Nothing like #Ferguson to Reveal those Closeted Racists (in Anthropology)

We all knew it was going to happen. For a couple weeks, we kept hearing about how the Grand Jury decision was going to happen at any moment. The governor called in the National Guard and declared a state of emergency; businesses in Clayton, MO (a small affluent suburb of St. Louis) started boarding up windows and blockading the streets. And then came Monday morning: as I left home for school, I saw the news. The city was wrapping monuments to keep them from being vandalized. As Michael Che commented on SNL: That’s like your lawyer telling you to show up to court in something orange.


Protesters took to the streets in dozens of U.S. cities Tuesday night, as anger over the decision not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown spilled over into a second night

Michael Brown Wasn’t a Superhuman Demon

To his friends, Michael Brown was a “gentle giant”—a “quiet person with a wicked sense of humor.”


Ferguson: A Blog Entry

Savage Minds has gotten a lot more sophisticated than we were when we first started this blog almost ten years ago: We have guest bloggers, comp’d copies of books for our book reviews, and polished, seven thousand word interviews. And for the past couple of years we’ve also gotten an increased amount of accolades and recognition for some reason — mostly because we’ve been able to stay around longer than most.

But I feel that somewhere in this mix of newfound coordination and respectability we’ve gotten away a little bit from our origins as bloggers: entries that represent raw, immediate, thought. Entries that don’t figure out what their point is until the end, entries where the reader can feel you writing the piece, thinking alongside them.

Photographer Daniel Schaefer captures the grief, anger, and resolve of demonstrators who took to the streets of Manhattan after the announcement that the police officer who killed unarmed black teen Michael Brown would not be indicted. Read the rest
Ferguson resembles a war zone after ruling

Black teen’s killing fits into a narrative of deep-seated race problems in the US that stretches back to slavery era.
Protest Nation

Protesters returned to the streets of Ferguson on Tuesday night, facing a National Guard presence that had been tripled by Gov. Jay Nixon earlier in the day.

nytimes.com – The Editorial Board – Nov 25 – The St. Louis County grand jury’s decision not to indict the white police officer who in August shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, would have generated widespread anger and disappointment in any case. But the county

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