© Media Watch 7 (3) 354-362, 2016
ISSN 0976-0911 e-ISSN 2249-8818
Ferguson: Returning to Popular Sovereignty through Rhetorical Protest
MARK GOODMAN, FRANK BRADFORD & SHANE WARREN
Mississippi State University, USA
Riots broke out in Ferguson, Missouri (USA) after a white police officer shot and killed a black citizen of Ferguson. We explain how a breakdown of popular sovereignty in Ferguson contributed to the preexisting hostility in Ferguson. The rhetorical appeal of “Black Lives Matter” will hopefully lead to the restoration of a democratic municipal government in Ferguson and trust among its citizens.
Keywords: Popular sovereignty, Ferguson, surveillance, Black Lives Matter
4We have posted the preambles at http://188.8.131.52/preambles.pdf
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15A grand jury concluded that Brown did not try to surrender. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ post-partisan/wp/2015/03/16/lesson-learned-from-the-shooting-of-michael-brown/
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23http:/ / w w w. justi ce . g ov/si tes/ defa ul t/ fi l es/ opa / pr ess – r el ea ses/a tta chments/2 0 1 5/0 3 /0 4/ ferguson_police_department_report.pdf
Dr. Mark Goodman is a professor of communication at Mississippi State University, USA. His research interests include media effects and media law.
Dr. Shane Warren is a researcher within the Office of Research at Mississippi State
Frank Bradford is working on his masters degree in Political Science and Public Policy at Mississippi State University, USA