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Friday, July 3 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Ferguson: A nation of laws and a history of injustice

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For far longer than America has been a “nation of laws” it has been a nation of injustice. And in the absence of basic justice such laws can amount to little more than codified tyranny. It is through this chasm, between the official claim to an impartial legal system, and the reality of endemic racial injustice, that Darren Wilson made his escape, with the flames of Ferguson in hot pursuit. This was not a morality play in which a decent, black child was slain by a malicious, white cop. The inherent nature of the injustice was not systematic but systemic.  Wilson operates in an organization where few police are sanctioned for killing black youths; and in a culture where armed white men can cite their fear of unarmed black men as a defense.

Recommended Books Available in the Haymarket Room:

The Speech: The Story Behind Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Dream by Gary Younge

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Gary Younge

Gary Younge is an author, broadcaster and award-winning columnist for The Guardian, based in Chicago. He also writes a monthly column, Beneath the Radar, for the Nation magazine and is the Alfred Knobler Fellow for The Nation Institute. He is the author of The Speech: The Story Behind Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream, published by Haymarket Books.

Friday July 3, 2015 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Burnham A/B/C