There hasn’t been much cause to write about it on a website like this, but over the past couple weeks the situation in Ferguson, Missouri has bounced between terrible and terrifying pretty consistently. The mainstream media has been slow to pick up on many aspects of the story, but next week’s cover of The New Yorker magazine shows that maybe that’s going to change.
The cover is by The New Yorker cover artist Eric Drooker, and it shows, in expressionistic bold strokes, the citizens of Ferguson raising their hands in peace against an ominous police force. Even though it’s a painting, it captures the dynamic as well as many photographs could, and also alludes to the stance (hands raised, unarmed) that Michael Brown was reportedly in when the police shot and killed him, setting off the tensions in Ferguson that are still going on now.
You can see the cover of next week’s The New Yorker below, courtesy of this tweet. And watch for the issue to hit newsstands in the next few days.