It is quite interesting to see these events play out and how they have affected not only Ferguson and New York but elsewhere as well. I recently visited a talk that my Resident Director lead regarding the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases and found it quite astonishing the faculty, staff, and students quite disappointed with the student body’s involvement in protests against injustice. Several topics were brought into discussion, but one in particular really stood out for our project. Many students mentioned how the incidence of the Michael Brown shooting should not be taken as one individual incidence but rather a whole collaboration against the injustice in the country. There has been so much focus on the events occurring in Ferguson that we have become blind to realizing that these issues happen constantly and that they should be addressed in unison, not in separate movements. Why hasn’t my college student body motivated others to protest against the social injustices seen and why haven’t there been bigger protests outside of the Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, and Eric Garner cases? Like I have mentioned in my previous post, even students have taken noticed the urge to change subject and attention away from the events that have taken place over the past three months and focus on other issues and concerns. It disheartened me to hear that many students when discussing the subject of injustice many were told to change the subject. Apparently discussing injustice is too “sensitive” of a topic and not appealing. The conversation made me question our project as a whole. Is it horrible that we are only focusing on one event? Unfortunately, this will technically be our last posts, as this was meant to be a short project. As I write this post, I believe this project would have been more efficient if we started it from the beginning of the year rather than one month ago. I still have great interest in these topics and might decide to create my own blog still discussing the issues I feel are important to the injustice movement. This project, and most of all the discussion I attended re, gave me a new and very clear perspective on these issues and made we want to continue supporting the movement against social injustice. #Government #FergusonPrj4
It has been over a week since my last post, and so much has changed in Ferguson. In response to the released statement of the grand jury opposing the indictment of Officer Wilson, crime ensued but much less so. While searching for articles to utilizer for the Twitter account, I found the media focusing highly on the crime that relayed after the grand jury’s decision and less on the peaceful protests that were in greater masses in comparison to the damages done in Ferguson. I find it very interesting that many of the media and governmental officials found solace in the Thanksgiving weekend and little media attention was placed on the repercussions of Ferguson at that time.
I am finding it more and more difficult to find sources that still link to our discussion of the Ferguson shooting which saddens me to see that many media sources and governmental officials have already closed the case, despite the possible changes to be pressed against Officer Wilson in the near future. Thus my group members and I will take a different approach to tackling this gradual lack of attention on Ferguson by taking a step back from the Ferguson shooting to address other events that have occurred in Ferguson, such as the demographics and past police and community relations.
We hope this will draw the remaining supporters of the attention to the Ferguson case and are proud of their continued involvement in this important issue that may define this era. As for the Twitter feed we have received 12 followers which is a big accomplishment, but have not received any responses or frequent retweets. We hope to bring attention to this issue closer to home by having a Twitter account made for our class to respond to our Twitter and blog to see if we are successful in bringing not only more attention to this issue but to get a better analysis of the issue.
This is just a small statement from the student that will represent the Stakeholder as the Government. What my stakeholder will focus on will be primarily obtaining the perspectives of the governmental control from a national to international standpoint of the current events taking place at Ferguson. I will utilize sources mostly from the governmental sources but occasionally media sources as well. Since media sources often filter the perspectives of governmental officials I will primarily use direct quotes from governmental officials. The government is often perceived as concealing essential information about events and not taking into consideration several factors that have impacted communities to make final decisions. As a result we are attempting to see if followers on our Twitter account will be more objective to comments made by my stakeholder over others. I will attempt to make two tweets per day to get the attention of people who are currently following the events taking place at Ferguson.
Currently, it has been difficult to find governmental sources that have direct responses to events from the mayor, governor, and other figures involved with the events taking place at Ferguson. As a result I had to rely on media sources, that are known to edit several portions of governmental figures speeches. My hope is that I am able to find more quotes. I also hope that people are still watching fervently as Ferguson and other regions that suffer from injustices even past today’s verdict of the no-indictment of the officer Wilson. An event like this makes its mark into a social issue only so often that once again brings people’s attention to major issues within society that are still yet fully addressed and resolved. I hope this event is not forgotten and brings more activism to this social concern, so it becomes more than an “event.”