What happened a year ago in Ferguson, Missouri cemented grassroots efforts from moment to movement. But there are more Michael Browns as well — 585 so far this year, 81 in the last month alone.
In 1981, uprisings broke out in communities all throughout England, with poverty and heavy-handed policing to blame. If that sounds familiar to you, black Britons who remember the riots also see similarities in how the US and UK treat minority communities.
Correspondent Daniel Estrin often files stories for us on the violent outbreaks in Jerusalem and the West Bank. But when he returned home to visit his family in St. Louis, he found himself watching all-too-familiar scenes play out just minutes from his home.
The conversation about events in Ferguson involves race, but maybe not in the way you think. While a new study showed that most white Americans don't have non-white friends, many people say it shouldn't be taken as an indicator of personal racism but rather large-scale issues that deserve the real attention.
The unrest this month in Ferguson, Mo., has many Americans thinking about where we are as a country when it comes to race. One Ethiopian-American writer is urging her fellow African immigrants to be "Ferguson strong" and identify closely with African Americans.
Anna Deavere Smith went to Los Angeles just weeks after the 1992 Los Angeles riots ended — after the media moved out but before the healing really even began. She made a play about the factors contributing to the riots — and she's been outspoken about issues of race and equality to this day.
Ruffina Farrokh Anklesaria immigrated to the US from Trinidad 15 years ago. She settled in Ferguson, Missouri, and says she's seen the town's diversity transform. Right now, Anklesaria is teaming up with other members of the community to highlight the positive side of the small Missouri town, but she says as an immigrant, she still sees racial divisions in the US.
Was the shooting of Michael Brown an isolated incident or another chapter in America's history of racial division? The events in Ferguson have brought that question back to the front of national news, and some people think it needs to stay there.
Kevin Fisher-Paulson is a white police officer. His adopted son Zane is black. Now, as Zane grows up, he has to navigate discussions of policing and race — and how to protect his son from circumstances he never had to experience.
Monuments showing heroic Soviet soldiers dot many of the former USSR satellite countries. And since the end of the Cold War, they have been refashioned by activists into political statements, infuriating Russian officials. In Africa, social media networks have been spreading a folk 'cure' for Ebola. And the Israeli government has kept independent human rights investigators out of Gaza. That and more, in today's Global Scan.
Ansgar Graw, a reporter with the German newspaper Die Welt, has years of experience in places like the Gaza Strip, China, Vietnam, Iraq and Cuba. But Graw had never been arrested for reporting — until he went to Ferguson, Missouri.