Can’t Find the Words to Talk About Ferguson? Read These

These poetic comments and unflinching observations go straight to the heart of the way many of us feel about Michael Brown’s death and its chilling aftermath. 

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On Saturday, Aug. 9, 18-year-old Michael Brown was gunned down by a Ferguson, Mo.,  police officer. The unarmed teen’s death, the refusal of the police department to release the name of his killer until Friday morning and law enforcement’s treatment of demonstrating citizens have left many observers of this week’s events shocked and speechless. Others, in articles, tweets and on camera, have found just the right words to communicate the depth of this American tragedy. Read some of them here:

1. Stacia Brown

2. Dorian Johnson

3. Mychal Denzel Smith

4. Greg Howard

5. Roxane Gay