(CBS) — When the protesters head home, and calm settles replaces chaos, will we see any changes in Ferguson? That’s a question some are asking. CBS 2’s Dorothy Tucker talks to those offering answers.
When the smoke clears, the anger must be replaced with action.
“We need to be focusing on the underlying things…from which that arose,” said Andrea Zopp, president of the Chicago Urban League.
Those issues in Ferguson, unemployment, lack of educational opportunities and
according to Andrea Zopp, a community that must turn out to vote if they want to see change.
“67 percent African-American, community, but white mayor. The last election the prosecutor that people have issues with ran unopposed,” Zopp said.
Ferguson community organizations like the Urban League have turned their attention on Ferguson. Zopp says the St. Louis chapter recently started a jobs program that focuses on the youth and says, “they’ve gotten a lot of corporate response.”
Zopp adds confrontations in Ferguson highlight the need to improve relationships between the Black community and police there and around the country. She says police need to stop assuming the worst and youth need to respect the uniform. Jourdan Sorrell, the local president of 100 Black Men, agrees.
100 Black Men is an organization that mentors Black teens in Chicago and chapters across the country. The St. Louis chapter is now focusing on young Black men in Ferguson to channel their anger and energy into community service.
“We have weekly mentoring program…we have business plan competitions…we will be providing support,” Sorrel said.