On August 9th, in the town of Ferguson, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis, eighteen year old Michael Brown was shot at least six times and killed by Darren Wilson, a member of the Ferguson Police Department. An innocent black person had just been murdered by a white member of the local police department, something most people would call a blatantly racist act. After a candlelight vigil the next day, members of the community became unruly and began looting local businesses and starting fires. Things settled down but quickly returned, this time more aggressively. The next night, police responded to the unruly citizens with teargas and rubber bullets. Riots and protests began. There was a media blackout. Ferguson was declared to be in a state of emergency.
The murder of Michael Brown sparked discussion around the world. In the Middle East, victims of the Israel-Palestine conflict were reaching out to victims of the police in Ferguson to help them recover after being attacked with teargas. Exiled Tibetan monks came from India to join in peaceful protests. Many national newspapers discussed how poorly the United States were handling the riots. And within the country, there were discussions of how these sort of racial murders happened too often (another recent example would be the shooting of Trayvon Martin in 2012).
A simple, but unrealistic, solution would be to end racism. But, of course, that is impossible, with many people unwilling to open up their closed minds. Perhaps, though, there are other achievable solutions, such as America implementing stricter gun control laws and requiring law officials to wear some sort of recording device while on duty. Even these solutions will prove difficult in a nation as divided in the United States of America.