The Aug. 9 killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri led to protests and civil unrest while becoming a symbol of racial inequality and heavy-handed police tactics.
The Missouri grand jury that began considering evidence today in the killing of the unarmed man won’t decide whether to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson until October “at the earliest,” a spokesman for the local prosecutor said.
Vauhini Vara looks at a Japanese company’s sixteen-billion-dollar purchase of Jim Beam and what it means when foreign companies acquire iconic American brands: http://nyr.kr/1aZVfcB
“Certain brands serve as especially potent symbols of American culture; Budweiser and Jim Beam, each more than a century old, are among them. When foreign companies move to acquire such brands, it naturally triggers a cultural anxiety about the decline of American influence.”