The Wake Up Call from the Ferguson Protests Hillary Sanding


  • Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager was shot by a police officer.
  • The public had two views on how Brown was shot dead:
  • Witness accounts saw the officer shoot Brown as Brown had his hands up
  • Police department stated that Brown struggled with the officer and was gunned down
  • The majority of people in Ferguson (who were black), went into protest
  • The Police Department (who were mostly white), reacted to the protest immediately with a SWAT team and riot gear
  • The protesting elevated to violence by racial tensions in the community and the police department itself


  • The Ferguson unrest was a series of waves: 3 waves
  1. Wave One (Aug. 2014): Ferguson and the news media versus the Police Department. The news media and social played a big role of reporting the inside story, despite of the Police department's attempts of media block out.
  2. Wave Two (Nov. to Dec. 2014): Ferguson protesters and rioters enraged from the St. Louis decision of not indicting Darren Wilson, the officer who shot Michael Brown. Brown's family supports peaceful protest regardless of the decision of indictment and was sad of the violence that occurred.
  3. Wave Three (Aug. 2015): Ferguson and other cities across the United States rose up in protest. Black Lives Matter movement is on the move for better policing and peace among protests across the nation.

The reaction of violence towards extreme policing is not the answer of progression.

The Black Lives Matter movement emerges in calls of peace from the voices of Black youth.


  • The protests were caused by race and culture as tensions were high.
  • The social divide in between the protectors (police) and the protected (the people of Ferguson) were hindered by racial bias.
  • Social media and the news reporters were mostly on the side of the protesters as the Police also tried taking away their rights of the 1st amendment.
  • Social media was the most useful in terms of spreading information
  • After the protests, the City of Ferguson changed tremendously by bettering the Police department and improving relationships among the people with the Police.


From what I researched and what I know before researching, I learned that Brown's death was unjustified as well as the relations between the protesters and the police were hindered by the cultural boundary called racism. Tensions grew and exploded, which is something I do not like personally. It would of been more reasonable to resolve things peacefully as like what the people of Black Lives Matter would stand for. This unrest was definitely identified as one of the intellectual histories, in defines as "Written histories that focus on the development of ideas.” (Martin et al. 123). It was an history of an idea upon solving and pushing forward the awareness that more African Americans are targeted than any other minorities. So is it not best to stand up for yourself against authority that is hurting you? I know would become an activist, would you?


Martin, Judith N., and Thomas K. Nakayama. Intercultural Communication in Contexts. Boston:McGraw-Hill, 2010. Print.


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