MSNBC gives “All In” viewers a look at the history-making election in Ferguson, MO.
After months of upheaval, the beleaguered city of Ferguson, Missouri, has a new governing board. It looks different than the old one, states CNN.
After a higher-than-normal 30% turnout, two African-American candidates won their wards last Tuesday to make the six-member City Council 50% black.
Ferguson’s population of about 21,000 is 70% black, but the City Council was predominantly white, as is the police force.
Newsweek states that twenty-two percent of Ferguson residents live below the poverty line and that the total unemployment rate in the town is 14.3 percent.
Fortune Magazine states the unemployment rate for African-Americans in the county of St. Louis City was 26% in 2012, according to the Census Department’s latest available stats on employment and race in the area.
There is also a fair amount of income inequality in Ferguson.
Increased policing is partly an attempt to manage inequality, according to Cedric Johnson, associate professor of African-American Studies and Political Science at the University of Illinois.
“Rather than spending money to create jobs and welfare assistance, our government has shifted towards heavy investments in policing.”
Is it possible that poverty and income inequality contribute to the resentment in Ferguson?
Demonstrators rallied in New York City and other cities around the United States Thursday evening to protest the shooting death of Michael Brown, 18, and the subsequent police response to protests there.Rallies in that community turned tense and violent and heavily armed police officers clashed with protesters.
Also, activists on social media called for protests to form in other cities.
Demonstrators Manhattan’s Union Square chanted “NYPD, don’t shoot!” and “I can’t breathe” (a reference to the chokehold death of Eric Garner, a Staten Island man). Many held signs and others simply held up their empty hands.