PBS’s Gwen Ifill: ‘There’s a New Civil-Rights Movement’ Beginning in Ferguson

by Ryan Lovelace

On NBC’s Meet the Press, guest Gwen Ifill of PBS called the unrest and violence that erupted in Ferguson, Mo., the beginning of a “new civil-rights movement.”

“There’s a new civil-rights movement which has sprung up,” Ifill said. “These young people in the streets, these young people who created a social-media movement around Michael Brown, they’re not saying pass a law, they’re saying enforce the current ones.”

But some people have called for new laws, and later in the program, Reverend Al Sharpton said, “Our demonstrations must lead to legislation.” Sharpton went on to say that, “We must turn this moment into a movement,” and bristled at the notion that he has been identified as a surrogate for the White House. “It is not a surrogate, it is a customary traditional role,” he said. “I’m not a studio activist or someone in the ivory tower. I’ve been in this.” Sharpton has visited Ferguson, Mo., but was appearing in the studio after leading a march aon Staten Island, N.Y., on Saturday.

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