These are the ingredients, the recipe for #Ferguson, along with all the atrocities exposed by the DOJ and Ferguson Report. The murder of Michael Brown and the blatant disrespect shown to his remains and family was the straw that broke the camel’s back.
In the 4 years since, leaders have doubled down. Repression and retaliation are very real. They’re working to rescind Ferguson reforms, the spokesperson for the Police Officer’s Association promised a work stoppage if any form of civilian oversight passed, a toothless version did and he kept his promise… The legislature decreased minimum wage from $10 to $7.70. The Mayor and BOA retaliated against Treasurer Tishaura Jones, filing lawsuit to diminish the power of her office. Her crime? Having the nerve to run against the white Democratic establishment machine and black misleadership and coming within 888 votes of winning. We’ve seen newly elected protester turned elected leaders get assimilated… side with the very police they were protesting and campaign for the reelection of the very Democrat who rallied the DOJ to end the investigation into the murder of Michael Brown.
St. Louis remains a powder keg. It’s only a matter of time. You reap what you sow.