Ferguson, Missouri, has been the scene of some of the most violent protests in recent history.
But a new report suggests that the most powerful thing the city has accomplished is helping the people who have been there for decades to start over.
The New York Times reported on Tuesday that the “franchise that gave Ferguson its name” has been transformed into a “community of community activists, artists and entrepreneurs who want to change the city’s reputation as a place where the police can kill without fear.”
In fact, the report found, “the new franchise is being led by people who had no part in the city before the protests erupted in 2014.
They are mostly young black men, but some are white, some are Latino and some are black.”
The Times reported that the community of entrepreneurs has been “infiltrating and turning the city into a destination for young professionals and young professionals with money.”
It’s been a year since the first protests erupted.
The city’s economy is struggling and unemployment is above the national average, but the people of Ferguson have been resilient.
A lot of the people have already started over, according to the report.
“They don’t know how to move on,” said Mikey, who works in marketing for a clothing company and said he and his friends have been “rebuilding.”
“We have a lot of work to do.”
The report came from the Center for American Progress, a left-leaning think tank.
Its findings are a stark contrast to what many people have been seeing about the city.
The Times report noted that “federal prosecutors have indicted at least 11 Ferguson police officers in connection with the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner,” while a grand jury declined to indict white police officer Darren Wilson in the death of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson.
But the city is also a symbol of the nation’s deep divide.
“People who live here have a hard time thinking of a place that they would ever want to call home,” the report said.
“It’s a place of crime and injustice, and a place to be ashamed of yourself.”
The people who were there before the Ferguson protests have been largely forgotten, but they are helping to create a new Ferguson.
We have come together in a way that’s not seen before.” “
The people of the United States have never known us this well.
We have come together in a way that’s not seen before.”
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