Wednesday, October 15, 2014

15 Signs You're a Ferguson/Shaw Protester

Posted By on Wed, Oct 15, 2014 at 9:15 AM

You might be a Ferguson or Shaw protester if... - STEVE TRUESDELL VIA
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  • You might be a Ferguson or Shaw protester if...

The last two months have brought wave after wave of protests and demonstrations to the city of St. Louis. What started as an outpouring of grief and anger over the death of one black teen has grown into a movement known around the world.

But as the protests move from Ferguson to Shaw (to South Grand to political fundraisers to Walmart stores), Daily RFT has noticed a few overlapping consistencies among protesters young and old.

See also: PHOTOS: Ferguson Protesters Hit Rams Game, Steve Stenger Rally, Walmarts: 50+ Arrested

Want to know if you're a *real* Ferguson or Shaw protester? Here are fifteen tell-tale signs:

1. You have someone else's phone number written on your arm. 2. You've asked a stranger to memorize your name and date of birth. 3. You know all the words to the "Indict, convict..." chant. 4. You've peed behind the automated car wash on West Florissant Avenue.

5. You've slept outside on a college campus without being drunk.

6. You've made a fake press pass. 7. You carry Maalox, but you don't get heartburn. 8. You've told someone that you saw the notorious "undercover cop." 9. You'd rather spend money on a phone battery extender pack than on food.

10. You carry milk, but you're lactose intolerant.

11. You're big on UStream.

12. You've asked a cop where his or her name badge is.

13. You've tweeted from inside a police van or ambulance.

click to enlarge A selfie Mya Aaten-White took in the ambulance on August 12, 2014. - COURTESY OF MYA AATEN-WHITE
  • Courtesy of Mya Aaten-White
  • A selfie Mya Aaten-White took in the ambulance on August 12, 2014.

14. You know how to pronounce Osagyefo Sekou.

15. You've signed up for more email newsletters and text alerts in the last two months than you ever have in your life.

Any signs we missed? Let us know in the comments!

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