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Russell Brand on Ferguson Unrest: There'll Be a Lot More of This as Society Becomes More Unequal

Natasha Hakimi Zapata
Assistant Editor and Poetry Editor
Natasha Hakimi Zapata is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Latin American Literature at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain. She also holds a Creative Writing M.F.A. from Boston University and both a…
Natasha Hakimi Zapata

The way comedian Russell Brand sees it, the two options the society is facing, not just in Ferguson but globally, are: “Shall we have a more equal society or shall we fortify and bolster our means for oppressing people?” To Brand, the current “disturbances” in the Missouri town are an “inevitable” result of the years of racism and poverty that make up American history, despite certain right-wing pundits’ attempts to decontextualize the conflict and “apply” compassion selectively to the police force and not the African-American community.

Watch as Brand continues his war against Fox News’ misinformation and provides his take on the Ferguson protests on his Web show, “The Trews.”

—Posted by Natasha Hakimi Zapata

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