On August 9th, 2014 a 18 year old unarmed African American man named Michael Brown was fatally shot by a 28 year old white police officer named Darren Wilson in Ferguson, MO. Ferguson, a suburb of St. Louis, MO is a predominantly black town with predominantly white police officers and a history of racial tension. The basis of much of this tension is said to be surrounding injustices towards African Americans propagated by white police officers and the Ferguson justice department. On August 9th, 2014, the black people of Ferguson had enough.
Upon the news of the shooting Ferguson erupted with violence and protest to the shock and astonishment of an America who thought she was far past the racial wounds of yesteryear. Ferguson, demonstrated that while we have made progress in this great nation, there are still many racial wounds that must be addressed in order for America to be fully healed, and fully whole.
This book The Ferguson Dilemma, Healing America's Racial Wounds is not a detailed account of the Michael Brown shooting, the events following, nor the recent history of the tensions leading up to this event. Rather, this book will take us to the root of what happened on that tragic day and illustrate the greater Ferguson Dilemma that is present in cities and towns across the nation. As you read this book you will gain a deeper understanding of the unhealed pains of a people who continue to face systematic oppression on a daily basis. The problem in Ferguson MO is multiplied in many other towns with names other than Ferguson, but Ferguson will be the flashpoint used to tell the untold stories of many unnamed Michael Browns.
This is The Ferguson Dilemma.
Corey Lee, Pastor
Convergence Church & Movement
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