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Baltimore and the New Civil Rights Movement: Learning the Lessons of Ferguson

Posted by Timothy McBride on Friday, May 1, 2015, In : Ferguson 

Today marks another milestone in what we here in St. Louis have been calling the “new Civil Rights Movement.”  Here, for those of us who lived through the tumultuous events surrounding the tragic death of Michael Brown, we feel that this event last summer sparked a new, urgent emphasis on the underlying issues brought up by that tragic event, and everything that followed.

The Baltimore City Attorney’s decision today to charge all six officers involved in the death of Freddie Gray, afte...


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A holiday wish for St. Louis and beyond

Posted by Timothy McBride on Thursday, December 25, 2014, In : Ferguson 

These past few months have been difficult ones for the St. Louis region. On Christmas morning I find myself reflecting on that, as well as the gifts I personally have, but also my thoughts and prayers for the future for our region.

While there are indeed many people in the St. Louis region who have been hurting these past few months -- from the victims of the violence, to law enforcement officials, to concerned citizens -- that very visible pain and suffering can often mask the real story.

Perh...
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Why all Civil Libertarians should agree on the Garner and Brown cases

Posted by Timothy McBride on Thursday, December 4, 2014, In : Ferguson 

There has been, to a great extent, a partisan divide over the Michael Brown case, and Ferguson issue.  I don’t think there should be, but sadly, that is the world we seem to be in these days.

But today, as we heard about the sad results from the Eric Garner case, and one more incident where officers’ actions led to the death of an African-American man, I heard reaction to Garner's case on a so-called "right-wing" station. I was struck by the comments, and it led me to these thoughts, which...


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Leadership and Ferguson

Posted by Timothy McBride on Sunday, November 30, 2014, In : Ferguson 

Challenging times like this in the St. Louis region (and Ferguson) call for leadership among those we have hired to lead us, or those who have stepped up to lead.  We search out for these leaders, like thirsty people searching for stream. 

As Martin Luther King said:
“A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.”

One of the tragedies that unfolded after Michael Brown’s death at the hands of Officer Darren Wilson is that few of our leaders have stepped up to ...


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Understanding the Response to the Grand Jury decision: "Two Americas"

Posted by Timothy McBride on Thursday, November 27, 2014, In : Ferguson 

Martin Luther King's famous quote -- "a riot is the language of the unheard" -- has been often cited in recent times to help explain the turmoil that has gripped Ferguson and St. Louis after the Grand Jury's decision in the case of Michael Brown.

We now know that the looting, arson and other violence that took place in Ferguson was quite limited over the last several months and by all means did not broadly characterize the protests that happened in the wake of Michael Brown’s death.  While l...


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The decision to declare a State of Emergency, call out National Guard

Posted by Timothy McBride on Tuesday, November 18, 2014, In : Ferguson 

Many people in the St. Louis are (including Ferguson) and across Missouri were taken aback today when Gov. Nixon decalred a state of emergency exists in Missouri, and he also called out the National Guard.

It seems quite unfortunate that this step was taken, now.  Why? Because:

  • this is a pre-emptive all, even before the Grand Jury decision has been announced; thus it seems to presume that no matter what happens with that announcement, there will be civil unrest, violence and a need for addition...

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A short commentary on the Michael Brown Grand jury

Posted by Timothy McBride on Tuesday, October 21, 2014, In : Ferguson 
I feel compelled to make a short comment, that is probably obvious to many people, but seems to have been missed by others...

The Grand Jury is meeting now to decide whether to indict Darren Wilson in relation to the death of Michael Brown, in Ferguson, and has been meeting for about two months now.  Reports are that the Grand Jury may make decisions on the case soon, perhaps this month -- or maybe it will still take a while.

There has been much debate, much of it heated and emotional, about wh...
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Timothy McBride Timothy D. McBride, Ph.D. is a Professor at the Brown School, Washington University in St. Louis. Here you can find musings on health policy and other issues. Opinions are mine and not those of my employer. Contact: mcbridetd@gmail.com