Saturday, August 16, 2014

Here's Who To Follow On Twitter For Live Ferguson Updates

I first mentioned what happened to Mike Brown back on Tuesday, but it has blown up so much since then that I've been wanting to say more. As I said on Facebook last night, I'm full of opinions but can't really put them together to form a post yet.

Until I do actually know what I want to say, here's a list of people that I've been following on Twitter that have been amazing about keeping everyone informed about what's going on. I have so much respect for these people for being right there in the middle of everything and for the risks they're taking to make sure that we all have access to this information. Please keep in mind that anything that you see on the news, no matter which network it's on, has gone through some kind of filter of bias. That's why I've been glued to Twitter - when people are sharing everything in real time, there's less time to put any spin on the facts.

We have to start with Antonio French, because he is basically my new hero. He's the St. Louis area alderman who was arrested on the night of the tear gas craziness. I am blown away by this man's leadership skills.

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That's Antonio on the left, holding protestors back from taunting police last night. After things settled down, he turned in for the night, but as soon as he heard that things were heating up again he threw clothes back on and raced back to town.

Wesley Lowery and Ryan Reilly are the two journalists (Washington Post and Huff Post, respectively) who were arrested at the Ferguson McDonalds. They've continued to manage to write articles from the midst of the chaos, which is super impressive.

I think this tweet sums up why this live coverage is so important. 

Maria Chappelle Nadal has become somewhat famous for asking the Ferguson police chief "Am I going to get tear gassed again like I was last night? When I was peaceful? ...And I'm your state senator?"

I don't even have words for how much I love this woman. Favorite senator FOREVER. (Seriously, if you haven't seen the video of the police chief cringing when she says "I'm your senator"... it's amazing.)

I will confess that I have totally developed a crush on LA Times reporter Matt Pearce, mostly due to awesome tweets like this:

I should probably pick something more profound if I'm only using one tweet per person to represent them with, but oh well.

USA Today reporter Yamiche Alcindor has been great with updates from the thick of things, too.

Journalist Amy K. Nelson stayed on the scene last night long after many others had called it a night. It resulted in this amazing tweet around 5 am. (Couldn't resist including my response.)

There are dozens of others out there reporting live, both journalists and Ferguson residents, but this list is a good place to start if you want to follow along. And I really hope that you do want to, because if this can happen in a Missouri suburb, it can happen where you live next.


Lori said...

Wow, that's amazing stuff. I'll have to read more about that Antonio French. We had something similar happen here in Las Vegas about 20 years ago when the Rodney King verdict came out. North Las Vegas erupted into riots and looting similar to this. I had to take my 3 year old son to the emergency room that night because he fell off a ride-on toy and I thought he broke his arm. It was terrified to be out at night with all that going on.

Jenny B said...

Glad that you're posting about something like this. In my opinion this really didn't get enough media attention at ALL because what the police are doing is down right ridiculous. Even Obama's speech tried to sweep it under the carpet and he's a black man.
The thing is I don't think I would have even found out about it had I not been following the right people on twitter because only MSNBC had coverage and facebook had nothing!

Crystal said...

Thanks for commenting, Lori!

It has been fascinating, inspiring, and heartbreaking to watch, all at once. The vast majority of the protesters out on the streets have been peaceful, so it's sad that there's a small group continuing to cause trouble. Let's hope for peace and justice soon!

Crystal said...

Jenny - Agreed! Luckily I usually watch MSNBC most nights anyway, but it's sad that a lot of other news outlets haven't been doing much coverage, and many haven't exactly focused on the right things.

Carrie from Carrie This Home said...

This is a heartbreaking situation. Praying for that town and all involved that peace is restored quickly!

Ashliegh Jarzenski - The Darling Daily said...

I'm so glad that you are posting something about the Ferguson situation. Some of this news is crazy.