So last night a 19 year-old St. Louis University student named Lexi Kozhevsky placed herself in front of Ferguson police officers in an attempt to "protect" them on the one-year anniversary of Michael Brown's death. Because apparently violence isn't "the way to make progress."
For the record, I'm not happy to be putting a naive girl who is obviously extremely sheltered on blast, but this bullshit reaches levels of tone-deaf I can hardly fathom. And the fact people are commending her for being "courageous" and "wise beyond her years" is just deeply WTF.
It takes a crazy sense of entitlement to think that people want to hear from you, a 19-year-old with zero stake in race-related police brutality, about issues that directly affect black lives. Especially when it comes to her explanation for protecting a police department that's gotten in hot water over sending emails referring to Obama as a "chimpanzee" and for mockingly using bastardized examples of African-American Vernacular English. Because according to Lexi, fixing this whole deeply fractured race relations thing is as easy as just attempting to "reach out to government officials, start petitions, make a change. But don't be violent. It hurts the community more than anything."
After all, is it likely that the police officers who have consistently fucked up for the past year are going to take a Change.org petition seriously? Then there's the sad irony that this entire thing went down with Kozhevsky wearing a Fall Out Boy with a cringe-y Native American dream catcher on it. Because guess what other group is also disproportionally killed by police? Yep, you guessed it, Native Americans!
And while it's good for young people to be socially active, in the wise words of Twitter celebrity Mr. Pooni: