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didn’t fire a single round or canister of tear gas, and eventually retreated, conceding the disputed ground to the Bundy militias. It’s important to note that the protesters turned out in support of a man who refused to pay his taxes and grazed his cattle without paying the accompanying fees. This man, Cliven Bundy, and his supporters threatened secession and armed revolt against the United States governmentFerguson, Missouri: On the other hand, unarmed African American protesters in Ferguson, enraged and grieving from the death of an (again) unarmed black mannamed Michael Brown who was shot in the back by a police officer, have been confronted for several days now by police in full military regalia. This time, the rifleman in the sniper’s perch is a police officer — his scope trained on the protestersIn Ferguson, law enforcement is vastly overreacting in the face of peaceful protesters, while at the Bundy Ranch, law enforcement vastly underreacted in the face of armed secessionists and scofflawsxi.“Sociologist Issue Statement on Ferguson” - The relationship between African Americans and law enforcement is fraught with a long history of injustice, state violence and abuse of power. This history is
compounded by a string of recent police actions that resulted in the deaths of Michael Brown (Ferguson, Mo.), Ezell Ford (Los Angeles, Calif.), Eric Garner (Staten Island, N.Y.), John Crawford (Beavercreek, Ohio), Oscar Grant (Oakland, Calif.), and the beating of Marlene Pinnock (Los Angeles, Calif.) by a California Highway Patrol officerThe disrespect and targeting of black men and women by police departments across the nation creates an antagonistic relationship that undermines community trust and inhibits effective policing. Instead of feeling protected by police, many African Americans are intimidated and live in daily fear that their children will face abuse, arrest and death at the hands of police officers who may be acting on implicit biases or institutional policies based on stereotypes and assumptions of black criminalityThe police tactics used to intimidate protesters exercising their rights to peacefulassembly in Ferguson are rooted in the history of repression of African Americanprotest movements and attitudes about blacks that often drive contemporary police practicesBlack lives matter: an on the ground nonprofit initiative committed to sustaining social action and changing the leadership in Ferguson xii.“Savage Inequalities: Children in America’s Schools” – Kozol75 percent equality-meaning that the poorest districts should be granted no lessthan three quarters of the funds at the disposal of the average district. But, as the missing 25 percent translates into differences of input (teacher pay, provision of books, class size, etcWhat I find unfair is what affects my child, not somebody else's child in New York."'So they know this other world exists, and, when you tell them that the government can't find the money to provide them with a decent place to go to