CNN PRODUCER NOTE "When I first read the CNN Breaking News tweet about Michael Brown’s death on Sunday, August 10th, I was shocked but not surprised," says jesminor. She no longer lives in St. Louis, but came back for Labor Day weekend and planned her trip around this demonstration. "I wanted to take part in this movement so that people will stop seeing this as a case of black people ‘acting out’ or ‘overreacting’ and instead view this as an example of systemic racism and criticize their condonation of that system. I was born with the privilege of fairer skin and, in our society, that means people might allow me to speak before dismissing my words. If outsiders see white people standing in solidarity with black people in Ferguson, I hope they will realize that this affects them too."
- rachel8, CNN iReport producer