One year after Mike Brown’s death, Run The Jewels tell the BBC that the chaos that took place in Ferguson beginning on that faithful night was worthwhile. “Riots work. And I’ve never said it in that way before. But I’m an American because of a riot,” Killer Mike says in reference to the Boston Tea Party.
The point of all of this: to keep an eye on our posts and tweets, intimidate protesters before they hit the streets, pen them in on those streets, and ensure that they pay a heavy price for exercising their right to assemble and speak. The message is loud and clear in twenty-first-century America: protest at your peril.