Weeks ago when the initial uprising in Ferguson was not yet an international news story, a white person whom I follow on Twitter declared that ‘Nothing like Ferguson has ever happened before‘. My response was one of bafflement. I asked how one could say such a thing. The dialog that followed was less than constructive, to say the least. No conclusion was forthcoming, yet I can’t seem to get their assertion out of my head.
Obviously Twitter is a terrible place for discourse. Without having the time and space to fully understand their point of view, I’m left to ponder a couple different assumptions listed below in regard to what makes Ferguson unique, having ‘never happened before‘ in the mind of this person.