I deeply appreciate Linda Rodriguez taking the time to create a timeline for the outrageous act by AWP’s Executive Director, David Fenza, and the outrageous act of Kate Gale, founder & managing editor of Red Hen Press.
It’s been a year since the protests began in Ferguson, MO, citizens protesting the murder of the unarmed teenager, Michael Brown, Jr. The protests quickly caught fire across the U.S., indeed, across the globe, as citizens waved signs shouting the names of unarmed citizens murdered by police forces and militias. Now, activists have returned to Ferguson and the city is once again under police lock-down, with witnesses reporting the shootings of at least two citizens. The armed white group, Oath Keepers, are allowed to troll the streets of Ferguson with assault rifles and yet nearly 100 unarmed protesters, including the poet Marvin K. White, have been arrested.
Literary Hub invited some Black writers to reflect on police brutality. Here are our thoughts.