Admittedly this is a much more charged subject then I usually tackle in my comics, but I couldn’t watch this moment in history pass and act as if nothing was happening. We have recently seen a number of high profile cases of institutionalized racism and subsidized violence that have lead to devastating consequences.

Instead of getting mired down in the details of this particular instance, we should recognize the patterns that have become more obvious as each controversial story evolves. Whether or not Michael Brown stole a cigarillo is irrelevant, unless we want to regress to chopping off the hands of thieves, and while the protesters have not all conducted themselves as if they were in the Queen’s court, the bad behavior of a few does not negate their very real concern of having guns pointed at them whether they are filled with rubber or lead.