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.
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.