This past weekend, an unarmed black teenager named Michael Brown was shot in Ferguson, Missouri. What lead to the shooting is being disputed. Police say it was the result of a physical confrontation in which Brown reached for an officer's gun. Witnesses say otherwise. Regardless, people took to the streets in protest in the coming days looking for justice. The city has at this point descended into what can only be described as a war zone.
It escalated to a new level tonight when two journalists, Wesley Lowery from the Washington Post and Ryan Reilly from the Huffington Post were arrested. You can find Lowery's recounting of the arrest here.
I don't want to make this post about what my personal feelings about this situation are but whether you are American or not, this is something that everyone should be aware of. Areas like Gaza and the Ukraine seem so far away to a lot of us here but what do we do when this is happening on our front lawn?
There is obviously a ton of information out there about what's going on not included in this post and you can do your own research and come to your own conclusions. But no matter who are you, this is something you should be thinking about.