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    Ferguson Protesters Call Out Systemic Racism in US Society: Experts

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    The Ferguson protests have indicated the issue of institutional racism grounded in the American society and culture, according to experts on race relations. The US media and government tried to undermine the cause by portraying the protesters as violent, experts say.

    WASHINGTON, December 4 (Sputnik) — The Ferguson protesters have shined a light on institutional racism prevalent in the American society, experts on race relations have told Sputnik.

    "Ferguson protestors are on the cusp of a steadfast movement calling out the systematic racism embedded within U.S. society that allows for Black lives to be unjustly taken at the hands of law enforcement with little to no reprimand," multicultural media specialist Jessica Ann Mitchell told Sputnik Wednesday.

    Mitchell, who is also the founder of OurLegaci.com, an online journal that celebrates African-American culture, said the US press and government have tried to undermine the cause by portraying the Ferguson demonstrators as violent.

    "The protests have in no way been marred by violence. To believe this is to believe anti-Black propaganda spread by local officials, agencies and media in hopes to discredit the movement," Mitchell said.

    According to Mitchell, the lives of black people are not valued on the same level as other races.

    "Ferguson protestors are putting the U.S. on notice that Black lives matter and there is going to be a consistent push to make sure Black lives are protected and valued," Mitchell said.

    Professor of Sociology at Portland State University, Randy Blazak, expressed similar sentiments about the systemic nature of racism in the United States in an interview with Sputnik Wednesday.

    "Race is a complex issue in America. It is woven deep into institutions like the criminal justice system. Because it is so complex, many white people do not see it, but minorities see it every day. The Ferguson protests are a reminder that we have not solved this problem," Blazak said.

    Although some measures on the part of authorities may indicate that individuals are less racist, state institutions are actually hard to change, the professor explained.

    "Many white people see less personal racism so they think the problem has been resolved, when it is festering in education, housing, prisons, and other complex systems," Blazak said.

    In August, Michael Brown, an 18-year-old African-American, was shot dead by white police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri. A grand jury decision on November 24 not to indict Wilson sparked nation-wide protests that US police responded to with tear gas, batons and flash grenades.

    The views and opinions expressed in the article do not necessarily reflect those of Sputnik.

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