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The Tragedy of Being Michael Brown
Did Brown have to be a college-bound angel to have his death matter?
by Mina Khanlarzadeh September 18, 2014
ImageMichael Brown, an unarmed African-American teenager, was shot dead
by police in Ferguson, Missouri on August 9. Two of the more problematic
reactions to the tragedy of Michael Brown’s death rest upon a shared
association between the value of the “raced” victim’s life, or lack
thereof, and his supposed “success” or “failure.” These reactions, which
I call the “no-angel” and the “degree” approaches, although different,
both stem from the dominant worldview of today’s capitalist societies
which judge people’s life worth on the basis of their success or
failure, of being good or bad people.
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