KU students reacting to Ferguson ruling

LAWRENCE (KSNT) — After months of waiting a 12-person grand jury has decided not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for killing 18-year-old Michael Brown in august.

As the community of Ferguson is at unrest — the students at the University of Kansas say it’s a day that will go down in history.

“I think back to Rodney King in the 90’s,” said Joshua Robinson, President of KU’s Black Student Union. “I think it will be similar to that. That is not something that we want or pushing for.”

The Brown case has been a national debate on race and law-enforcement. These students feel that history is once repeating itself.

They say the controversy in Ferguson mimics the civil rights movement of the 19-60’s.

“Without a complete revolution or a complete revisit of root causes these things are going to continue to repeat themselves,” Jameelah Jones, KU Black Student Union member. “It’s like if you chop off a tree, if you don’t get the root the tree is going to grow back.”

Since the august shooting, some KU students have been holding numerous awareness events.

“This is a time as the KU black student union to come together as a fellowship to support each other. We will be fundraising, doing programs to educate people on topics like this,” said Robinson.

The KU Black Student Union will be holding an open forum November 25th at noon at the Subatini Multicultural Center for students who would like to express how they feel following the Michael Brown decision.

The Topeka Center for Peace and Justice invite the community to come out and pay respects to Michael Brown and his family tomorrow night at 5 PM on the front steps of the St. John A.M.E. Church.

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