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Will the Ferguson Resistance Fade into History? (VIDEO)

Adolph Reed, Jr. on the Ferguson rebellion and its historical significance for the African-American community

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Adolph Reed, Jr., a professor of political science at the University of Pennsylvania specializing in race and American politics, speaks with the Real News Network's Sharmini Peries about the potential historical context of the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

"The fact that police, really, since the--through most of the postwar era, if not earlier, have operated more like an occupying army in minority impoverished communities in urban areas in America than they have operated in terms of the mandate to serve and protect. And that's I think, the real context of this, right, this kind of stress policing and the sense that policemen, of whatever race, actually, can beat up and kill poor people of color with impunity, as I've said." — Adolph Reed, Jr.

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