A microcosm of modern America, of sorts, is playing out in the small town of Ferguson, Missouri. It’s an ugly — if all too familiar — story. Ferguson is a suburb of St. Louis and its population is overwhelmingly African-American, while the municipal government — including the police department — is overwhelmingly white. The racial tensions inherent in this situation boiled over one week ago with the shooting of 18 year old Michael Brown.
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