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    Posted August 19, 2014 by
    St. Louis, Missouri
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Black Lives Matter protests (2014)

    Police, not protesters, engaging in "senseless violence"


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Washington University postdoctoral research scholar Peter Cabrera-Nguyen has lived in St. Louis for the past decade and frankly, he’s tired of news commentators calling out protesters for being violent. “This so-called senseless violence is anything but senseless,” he said in his video. “The true senseless violence has been coming from the militarized police forces across this country. The true senseless violence is the routine execution of black, young men.” He also made a point of saying that he does not advocate violence.
    - zdan, CNN iReport producer

    My comment as a resident of St. Louis, MO who has witnessed the protests firsthand: The (mostly white) commentators in the media have been decrying the "senseless violence" of protesters in Ferguson, Mo. What we are witnessing in Ferguson is not "senseless violence". It is a rational reaction to the actual senseless violence perpetrated by the cops on innumerable young black men. Black people have the right to fight back against those who are killing their children, and white people do not have the right to tell black people how they should feel or react to being repeatedly being victimized by the senseless violence perpetrated by racist white police.

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