Georgetown Reacts to the Ferguson Ruling

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On Nov. 24, a grand jury decided not to indict Ferguson, Mo. police officer Darren Wilson for his August shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown. St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch announced the decision in a press conference around 9:20 p.m. that Wilson will not face criminal charges of any kind.

Despite urges from Missouri Governor Jay Nixon and President Barack Obama for people not to protest, Ferguson erupted with riots, invoking a police response of smoke and tear gas in an attempt to clear the protesters. In D.C., people marched from U Street to the White House. Georgetown students, who have previously travelled to Ferguson and marched in the streets, and professors, who have led conversations among the campus community about the shooting, responded on Twitter to the decision.

Professor Responses

Sociology professor Michael Eric Dyson drew national attention on Sunday for his debate with former NYC mayor Rudy Giuliani about race relations and police brutality on “Meet the Press.” Dyson challenged Giuliani’s criticism of the protests about the shooting of Brown. Giuliani claimed that there was not as much focus on black-on-black crime, to which Dyson responded, “Black people who kill black people go to jail. White people who are policemen who kill black people do not go to jail.”

Dr. Marcia Chatelain

Dr. Marcia Chatelain is an assistant professor in the department of history. She started the hashtag, #FergusonSyllabus as a way of getting people to share information, articles and resources that related to the societal issues surrounding the Ferguson protests.

Student Responses

https://twitter.com/YupitsTate/status/537070684996788224

https://twitter.com/crookedcrown_/status/537069393604509696

Georgetown Professor Debates Rudy Giuliani on ‘Meet the Press’

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Michael Eric Dyson, a well known sociology professor here at Georgetown, appeared on “Meet the Press” this morning. Joining him and host Chuck Todd was former Mayor of New York Rudy Giuliani.

The two debated the media’s coverage of Michael Brown’s shooting by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo., an incident that has sparked debates not just by politicians but also by students across the country, including at Georgetown. Dyson and Giuliani had a contentious discussion regarding the relationship between race relations and police activity. Video of the debate, which has since gone viral, can be seen below.

Michael Dyson teaches multiple courses in the sociology department on campus, including “Hip Hop Culture,” “Barack Obama and Race” and “Sociology of Hip Hop: Jay-Z.”

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