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Beyond Ferguson: White Fear, Black Anger, American Rage


We don’t know exactly what happened in Ferguson, Missouri on August 9th when a white police officer shot and killed an unarmed black teenager. The facts may still be unclear, but the outrage from groups on all sides of the issue has crystallized on the streets of Ferguson and around the country.

That moment sparked weeks of protests, a federal investigation and calls for an honest dialogue about – among other issues – race, law enforcement and wider perceptions of young black men. University of Illinois professor Janice Collins hosts a conversation about what comes next:  “Beyond Ferguson: White Fear, Black Anger, American Rage.”

Guests are:Sundiata Cha-Jua, Associate professor of history and Associate professor of African American Studies, U of I; Donald Shelton, former Champaign police officer for 23 years and member of the Illinois Prisoner Review Board; and Aaron Ammons, social justice advocate and co-founder, C-U Citizens for Peace and Justice