Peace After Mike Brown

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Brandon Woods, Editor-in-Cheif

advocating-peaceBy Brandon Woods/Editor-in-Cheif

Activism was broadly and boldly showcased on the streets of Ferguson as the sequence of events unfolded within the crisis. Hundreds of people from all over the St. Louis area, and even some from other states in the nation, came together in numerous protests and marches to stand up for something they believed in: justice. Standing in the midst of it all was junior Dominique Hanson.
It was almost certain for Hanson to participate mainly because her mom is an advocate of peace herself. She owns her own business but has been freelancing for many corporations such as CNN. Within her freelancing, she finds areas of unrest and tries her best to obtain amity in that certain area. Ferguson happened to be one of these areas of unrest.
“At first I wasn’t interested in going but it was very different because it was very different than what I’m used to being around,” Hanson said. “I enjoyed going however.”
Hanson also felt that it would have been wrong for her not to go down there and protest against the acts of injustice because her mom knows the Brown family on a personal level.
“I felt that I needed to show my support,” she said.
Hanson, alongside her mother and older sister, Gabrielle, were present on the streets of Ferguson, whether it being on South Florissant outside of the Ferguson Police Department, or on West Florissant where most the protests were taking place. They were down there every day after the shooting of Mike Brown until the police started the deploying of tear gas. She said they marched along with other protesters and gave out water and food.
“We would be down there all day,” she said.
Hanson described the atmosphere as emotional simply because everyone was showing a sign of empathy and sympathy for the family but at the same time a positive vibe was felt because everyone was coming to together for the same effort. She says that it was not as nearly as dangerous as the media portrayed it to be.
“It seemed as if the media picked out certain things they wanted to cover and they all happened to be bad,” Hanson said.
As a teenager participating in the fight for justice, Hanson felt a little odd because there were a lot more adults than there were teenagers, but she felt good because she was apart of something that would later be considered history.
“It just felt good to be on the good side of history,” she said.
Hanson says that her experiences with the Ferguson crisis taught her to be more careful and observant in everything that she says and everything that she does.
“It truly opened my eyes up to some of the realities in our society,” she said.