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The Ferguson Report: An Erasure

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A meditation on our times, cast through a reconsideration of the Justice Department's investigation of the Ferguson Police Department

In August 2014, Michael Brown--a young, unarmed black man--was shot to death by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. What followed was a period of protests and turmoil, culminating in an extensive report that was filed by the Department of Justice detailing biased policing and court practices in the city. It is a document that exposes the racist policies and procedures that have become commonplace--from disproportionate arrest rates, to flagrant violence directed at the Black community. It is a report that remains as disheartening as it is damning.

Now, award-winning poet Nicole Sealey revisits the investigation in a book that redacts the report, an act of erasure that reimagines the original text as it strips it away. While the full document is visible in the background--weighing heavily on the language Sealey has preserved--it gives shape and disturbing context to what remains.

Illuminating what it means to live in this frightening age, and what it means to bear witness, The Ferguson Report: An Erasure is an engrossing meditation on one of the most important texts of modern time.

ISBN-13: 9780593535998

Media Type: Hardcover

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf

Publication Date: 08-15-2023

Pages: 144

Product Dimensions: 9.13h x 7.00w x 0.28d

NICOLE SEALEY is the author of Ordinary Beast, a finalist for the PEN Open Book Award and Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and The Animal After Whom Other Animals Are Named. Her honors include a Roma Prize from the American Academy in Rome, a Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University, and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. She is a visiting professor at Boston University and teaches in the MFA Writers Workshop in Paris program at New York University.