Ferguson Teens Focused on Big Picture as Protests Continue

Demonstrators protesting the shooting death of Michael Brown march through the streets as they make their voices heard on August 20, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri.
Demonstrators protesting the shooting death of Michael Brown march through the streets as they make their voices heard on August 20, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri.
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The fatal police shooting of an unarmed teen in Ferguson, Missouri has left many young people involved in the subsequent protests feeling like they are protesting for a safe future in their communities, The Boston Globe reports.

According to the report, the August 9 shooting death of Michael Brown was not just a spark for protests—it was a call to action for young people to demand changes to a system that they say is unjust.

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Brown’s death has not only jolted many young people into consciousness and action, including daily protests, but it has also created a collective trauma of sorts. It has deepened the stress of being young black teens living in areas of concentrated poverty and crime — and prompted at least some teens to think beyond themselves.

You can read the full Boston Globe report here.