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Ifill States the Ferguson Crisis Extends Beyond Just Racial Bias in Policing

Sunday, November 23, 2014

In a USA Today op-ed, Sherrilyn Ifill looks beyond the issue of race and policing in Ferguson, Missouri to those of leadership and governance:

Ferguson's challenge goes beyond race: Column

No matter the grand jury ruling, change will only come with an overhaul of government.

By now it should be apparent to anyone paying attention that Ferguson, Mo., may be a metaphor for the long-ignored national problem of racial bias in policing. But Ferguson is also a place with its own very real crisis of leadership and governance — a crisis afflicting suburban communities across the U.S.

As the nation braces for the decision of the grand jury reviewing charges against the police officer who killed an unarmed black teenager, much of our attention is focused on how law enforcement and the political leadership of Ferguson will respond to community protests that may develop if the grand jury declines to indict officer Darren Wilson.

Regardless of the outcome, Ferguson residents will have to demand even broader accountability from their local government if real and lasting change is to be realized.

Read the full op-ed in USA Today