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On August 9, an unarmed black teenager named Michael Brown was shot and killed by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, under unclear circumstances. The killing sparked massive protests and a nationwide debate about the state of race relations in America. Who do the two men holding the sign represent?
Why are the police officers asking the black man whether he has a permit? What’s ironic about the situation depicted in the cartoon?
What point is the cartoonist trying to make? Do you agree or disagree?
Some Americans see Brown’s death as emblematic of the discrimination African-Americans face. Do you think equal justice exists across races in the U.S.? Why or why not?
In the aftermath of the events in Ferguson, President Obama said that “we’ve made extraordinary progress” in race relations in America, “but we have not made enough progress.” Do you agree? Why or why not?