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Running head: GOVERNMENT AND MINORITY RELATIONS 1 “Written Exam” Government and Minority Relations Florida International University Henroy A. Denton PAD 5043 Prof. Valarie Patterson 2/26/2018
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FERGUSON UNREST 2 Government and Minority Relations: Ferguson, Missouri Application and Discussion On August 9, 2014, police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown, in Ferguson, Missouri–-a suburb of St. Louis. The death of Brown resulted in world- wide protests and became a national controversy focusing on issues of race, justice and police violence within the African-American community. Due to the protests of civil unrest in Ferguson, Federal, state and local government organizations had to intervene, which sparked conversations surrounding the topic of government and minority relations in places such as Ferguson, Missouri. Issues such of mistrust in a non-Black local government system, racial profiling, as well as over- policing could all be connected and discussed through the text of Race and Social Equity: A Nervous Area of Government by Susan T. Gooden (2014), and Diversity and Public Administration: Theories, Issues and Perspectives by Mitchel F. Rice (2014), as well as the Racial and Social Justice Initiative – RSJI , introduced by Gooden (2014). After the ruling that no charges will be filed against police officer Darren Wilson for the death of Michael Brown, many minorities felt as if their voices were not heard. In the text of Diversity and Public Administration: Theories, Issues and Perspectives by Mitchel F. Rice (2014) it was stated that “in U.S. politics, women and racial minorities get very little representation (pg. 26).” In an article titled Protesters and police face off in St. Louis suburb over shooting, the argument was whether the lack of African-American representation in Fergusons government caused a distrust between citizens and government officials. According to Matt Pearce, David Zucchino and Maya Srikrishnan, (2014) Journalist with Los Angeles Times, it had been reported that at the time of the killing of Brown, Ferguson’s mayor and police chief were both white, only one of the six city Ferguson council members were African-American, the Ferguson-Florissant School District had no African-African school board members elected in office, and out of 53 commissioned police officers, only three were African-American (Pearce et al., 2014). One could conclude that if there were more African- American and minority representation in the local government of Ferguson, then citizens of this
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