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Photos From Ferguson And 1960s Protests Show How Little Has Changed

A young black man in sunglasses holds a sign with bold print in full view of the camera: “I AM A MAN.” The word “am” is underlined. The iconic Builder Levy photograph captured during the 1968 wildcat sanitation strike in Memphis, Tennessee, the year Martin Luther King Jr. was killed. A few days ago, people found a second photograph far too similar. Michael Brown, 18, was walking in his grandmother’s neighborhood in Ferguson, Missouri, on Aug. 9 when he was fatally shot by a police officer. A crowd gathered around the site, as did a flock of police cars. The militarized police response to the protests that followed set armored vehicles, tear gas, and rubber bullets against civilians. For many, the scene in Ferguson looks like something out of the 1960s. Internet users across the country soon began uploading photos of the police response to civil rights protests and photos from Ferguson and comparing them side by side. The similarities are striking, as are the questions they raise. For more from the HuffingtonPost.com’s photo gallery click here . The Civil Rights Act is 50 years old. These two pictures were taken 50 years apart. Behold our progress. #Ferguson pic.twitter.com/8PNn8eteO2 — Jackie Summers (@jackfrombkln) August 13, 2014 The #Ferguson police look more militarized now than the actual National Guard, here from the 1967 Newark riots: pic.twitter.com/qk3CKqSp8o — Mike Konczal (@rortybomb) August 13, 2014 Someone please remind me what year it is again? #ferguson pic.twitter.com/33cebmojwV — Brenna Muncy (@brennamuncy) August 10, 2014

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