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Resources for Ferguson: Current Events & News

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White Privilege, Police Brutality, and Racism

White Privilege: Unapacking the Invisible Backpack | Peggy McIntosh

This foundational work was one of the first to articulate what it means to benefit from white privilege.

How to Really Understand White Privilege | Quartz

Told with comics.

Deadly Force, in Black and White | ProPublica

A ProPublica analysis of killings by police shows outsize risk for young black males.

Project Implicit: Implicit Association Test | Harvard University

The Implicit Association Test (IAT) measures attitudes and beliefs that people may be unwilling or unable to report. The IAT may be especially interesting if it shows that you have an implicit attitude that you did not know about.The IAT measures the strength of associations between concepts (e.g., black people, gay people) and evaluations (e.g., good, bad) or stereotypes (e.g., athletic, clumsy). The main idea is that making a response is easier when closely related items share the same response key.

It's Incredibly Rare for a Grand Jury to Do What Ferguson's Just Did | FiveThirtyEight Blog

FiveThirtyEight’s mission is to help readers cut through the clutter of this data-rich world. The blog is devoted to rigorous analysis of politics, polling, public affairs, sports, science and culture, largely through statistical means.

Why It's Impossible to Indict a Cop | The Nation

"Can the cops be controlled? It’s never been easy: according to one old sociological chestnut, the monopoly on the legitimate use of violence is what defines modern government, and this monopoly is jealously protected against the second-guessing of puny civilians."

The New Threat: Racism Without Racists | CNN

"Racism has evolved, but our language for describing it hasn't, he says. 'Colorblind racism is the new racial music most people dance to,' he says. 'The 'new racism' is subtle, institutionalized and seemingly nonracial.'"

Things to Stop Getting Distracted By When a Black Person Gets Murdered by Police | Black Girl Dangerous

Black Girl Dangerous is the brainchild of writer Mia McKenzie. What started out as a scream of anguish has evolved into a multi-faceted forum for expression. Black Girl Dangerous seeks to, in as many ways possible, amplify the voices, experiences and expressions of queer and trans* people of color.

Hands Up: A Roundtable on Police Brutality | n + 1

n+1 is a print and digital magazine of literature, culture, and politics published three times a year.

Chris Rock talks Race, Ferguson, Cosby, and Obama | CBS News

The Daily Show on August 26, 2014

Jon Stewart covers the Ferguson protests.

Primary documents & News sources

Documenting Ferguson

Documenting Ferguson is a digital repository that seeks to preserve and make accessible community- and media-generated, original content that was   captured and created following the killing of 18-year-old, Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri on August 9, 2014. A freely   available resource for students, scholars, teachers, and the greater community, Documenting Ferguson has the ultimate goal of providing diverse perspectives   of the events surrounding the conflicts in Ferguson.

Ferguson Zotero Group

 A selection of social media, blogs, and citizen journalism that begins to represent the local and global Internet response to events of August 2014 in Ferguson,   Missouri, United States. It is hoped that this list can be used to teach about these events, and serve as an entryway for deeper investigation and discussions   about human rights, governance, and information and communication technologies.

Ferguson Timeline: Grief, Anger, and Tension | NPR

An NPR report on the events following the death of Michael Brown.

What Happened with Michael Brown Met With Officer Darren Wilson | CNN

In-depth timeline with map and comparison of witness accounts and law enforcement.