Yesterday afternoon, author and activist, Cornel West was arrested along with more than 50 others while protesting in Ferguson, Missouri.
Organized in response to the August 9th murder of 18-year-old Michael Brown among others, people from all over came to protest the institutional racism within the justice system. According to the St. Louis Dispatch, 43 people, including West, offered themselves for arrest in the name of Brown and Vonderrit Meyers an 18-year-old that was shot and killed last week by an officer.
This event was part of “Ferguson October” demonstrations and is part of multiple planned “Moral Monday” protests. West joined the protests on Sunday and planned for such an occasion. During a discussion at the mass gathering he stated that he was hoping for it. “It’s a beautiful thing to see people on fire for justice, but I didn’t come here to give a speech,” West said “I came here to go to jail.” The group was arrested for peace disturbance and taken to the St. Louis County Justice Center.
No one from his camp has issued any statements on the arrest.
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