It has been almost five months since the death of Michael Brown. There have been numerous protests, walk-outs and other public demonstrations. However, for one University of Missouri – St. Louis student, it has always been about more than just taking to the streets to protest.
Paul Poposky, senior, anthropology, has spent years protesting injustice. In the days following Michael Brown’s death, he and a number of individuals, all belonging to Food Not Bombs – St. Louis, a non-profit organization that focuses on engaging the public to participate in social change, took to the streets of Ferguson with a mission – protest injustice and feed their fellow protesters.
After the QuikTrip on West Florissant Avenue was burned, Food Not Bombs set up camp in the parking lot and began feeding the protesters. Those who were in the streets protesting welcomed their generosity. Poposky estimates that they fed thousands during the days following the shooting.
As for Poposky’s individual view of the events taking place in Ferguson, he shares the same goal as others protesting, bringing light to injustice, but few share the same passion and vigor as Poposky. “I don’t think there should be peace with the police. They should stop killing us! We want an end to racism!” These words, though viewed by some as extreme, are exactly how Poposky feels about the situation in Ferguson. He has spent decades trying to end injustice and will not let the shooting death of Michael Brown slip under the rug.
When asked about the opportunity for progress in the community, he took to quoting human rights activist Malcolm X. “You don’t stick a knife in a man’s back nine inches and then pull it out six inches and say you’re making progress.” Poposky feels as though it will take a serious revolution to ever bring real change and progress to the community.
In regards to whether body cameras would help bring such justice and put an end to police brutality, Poposky worries that cameras would have little impact. “I see them [the police] using body cameras, but Eric Garner was killed on camera and that didn’t stop them.” Last week the Grand Jury decided not to indict the New York police officer involved with the death of Eric Garner.
Though the media is winding down their coverage of Ferguson, Poposky and Food Not Bombs have no intention of ending their involvement. They will continue to support the movement in Ferguson and others nationwide.
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