Eleven-year old Marquis Govan digs deep within the dynamics between police aggressors and their victims. When asked why none of his fellow classmates aspire to be policemen, he breaks it down plain and simple, “From the beginning we’ve felt abused by these people, why would you grow up to serve among the abusers. It doesn’t make any sense.” At a meeting of the Saint Louis County Council, Govan approaches the microphone and – within a two minute speech – fights for the rights of the people of Ferguson by outlining the issues of unemployment and lack of diversity amongst policemen. He says, “I would just like to say that the people of Ferguson, I believe don’t need tear gas thrown at them, I believe they need jobs. Govan’s speech lead me to speculate on media representation of protestors (the people of Ferguson) and police forces. If this eleven year old can pinpoint the issues behind instances of sickening prejudice why can’t others?
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