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'Vote or die': In Ferguson, the answer isn't that simple

Would increased voter engagement in the black community be enough to prevent what happened in Ferguson, Missouri? Some say it’s a good place to start. Others say the problem runs a lot deeper than that.

“You all have got to start voting and showing up. Twelve percent turnout is an insult to your children,” Rev. Al Sharpton said while addressing the black community in Ferguson.

We know the argument: “No voting, no representation.” But are we getting it wrong? Could the answer be the other way around? That’s the question posed by Dr. Jason Johnson in his piece, “Vote or Die in Ferguson, Missouri?” In it he writes, “African Americans could turn out at 100 percent in Ferguson but it wouldn’t change the fact that the city’s political problems begin and end with the basic kernel of all political action: Candidates.”

But even when candidates get a seat at the table, that doesn’t guarantee much. Missouri State Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal was present at the protests and was gassed as a result. She expressed her frustration with Governor Nixon via Twitter.

Fusion’s Alicia Menendez spoke with Dr. Jason Johnson and Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal about the next steps moving forward in Ferguson, Missouri.

Watch the full interview here.

Credit: Andrea Torres and Bianca Perez

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