The Monitor's View Why rage lingers after Ferguson jury decision

Protests over a grand jury clearing a white policemen in the shooting of an unarmed black in Ferguson, Mo., may reflect a nationwide mood that the 'system is stacked against me.' President Obama can address this popular alienation, as he has in the past.



After a grand jury decided Nov. 24 not to indict a white policeman for killing a black 18-year-old in Ferguson, Mo., President Obama asked a divided America to respect the “rule of law.” The legal system must work its course, he urged, even if people disagree on evidence in the case. What accounts then for the continuing protests and sharp debates – and not only among African-Americans?