Rich Paxson

Can you think of any stories from your nation’s history that are being told differently because the perspective of the victim is being included? What other stories might be awaiting revision? Perhaps you can think of stories now in the news that are blaming the victim or excluding the victim’s perspective.

Michael Brown’s name comes immediately to mind. Michael Brown was an eighteen year-old Black man who was shot and killed August 9, 2014 by Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson. Whether he was lynched by thinly veiled racist policing; or a young man whose death was warranted by his criminal actions depends on who is telling the story.