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On #Ferguson and Social Work

by Pat Shelly

 

“You are a black body first, before you are a kid walking down the street or a Harvard professor who has misplaced his keys.” Teju Cole

 

 

 

BLOG fergusonHandsUp                                            Lalo Alcaraz 08-21-14

 

It is now 18 days after Michael Brown, an 18-year-old African American man, was shot and killed by Darren Wilson, a European American police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. Protesters and social media adopted “Hands Up! Don’t Shoot!” as a meme. #Ferguson is filled with photos of people who march with determination to make radical changes so that another generation of young men – and women – will not be decimated just because they have black bodies. The juggernaut of racism is a constant issue in social work, but how is that particular form of deeply institutionalized oppression addressed by our profession?

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