Riots Work: How Riots in Ferguson, Missouri, Were Able to Transform the Discourse of an Entire Nation

(by: Daniel Gutiérrez)

The images are brutal. From armored personnel carriers, to sniper’s perched on rooftops, clouds of tear gas billowing down streets, the sudden sparks of flash-bang grenades — it is no wonder that the web is in an uproar and drawing the immediate response that Ferguson has become a war zone.

In less than two weeks, an unknown blip on the North American map has become the central debate of a superpower. One that thought it answered the question of race decades ago (at least, for those that are white).

While sociologists and government analysts are most likely scrambling to formulate theories as to why the killing of this unarmed black male created such uproar, the elephant in the room is quite clear.

Riots work.

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