One can imagine how some Ferguson residents would conclude that they have no form of influence except taking to the streets each night. Yet given the passionate mobilization that is taking place each day, it is realistic to imagine the protesters successfully ousting the whole leadership structure of the city. Even observers who are critical of the street activism following Michael Brown’s killing agree that Ferguson’s leaders have been egregiously incompetent in their response. They’ve clearly lost the confidence of the people they represent, and only in part because, as the New York Times puts it, “Although about two-thirds of Ferguson residents are black, its mayor and five of its six City Council members are white. Only three of the town’s 53 police officers are black.” […..]
This is a historic failure of leadership. Recalls were created for moments like this one.
So recall the mayor. Recall the city council. Elect new officials who will fire the police chief. Success is not guaranteed, but it is quite plausible and perhaps even likely. The whole lot of them could be tossed out.
Conor Freiedersdorf, "Stop Night Protests In Ferguson and Start Recalling City Leaders" (via holygoddamnshitballs)