Protests Follow The Shooting of an African-American  Teenager

 

The fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager Saturday by a police officer in a St. Louis suburb met with outrage, protests and skepticism in the largely African-American community.

The killing of the youth, Michael Brown, 18, ignited protests on Saturday and Sunday in Ferguson, Mo., a working-class suburb of about 20,000 residents. Hundreds of people gathered at the scene of the shooting to question the police and to light candles for Mr. Brown, who was planning to begin college classes on Monday.

Mr. Brown’s stepfather, Louis Head, held a cardboard sign that said, “Ferguson police just executed my unarmed son.”

Why do we hear this story over and over again?

Whether it’s a young black man or black woman who is asking for help and being shot to death or Trayvon Martin, just walking home from buying Skittles, to this young man:

It seemingly is always an African-American gunned down.

America has come a long way, but clearly we still have a long way to go before equality is achieved by all of our citizens.