Hedy Epstein, a 90-year-old Holocaust survivor, was arrested on Monday during unrest over the death of Michael Brown,KMOV reports.
Epstein, who aided Allied forces in the Nuremberg trials, was placed under arrest in downtown St. Louis, Missouri “for failing to disperse” during a protest of Governor Jay Nixon’s decision to call in National Guard into Ferguson. Eight others were also arrested.
“I’ve been doing this since I was a teenager. I didn’t think I would have to do it when I was ninety,” Epstein told The Nation during her arrest. “We need to stand up today so that people won’t have to do this when they’re ninety.”
What with this news and the Houston Gay photo on Twitter, I was mistaken about how disheartened and furious I could be about the escalating events in #Ferguson. This is one of the most important civil rights events of our time, and to witness people who have already lived through such atrocities having to stand up against the same injustice so many decades later is utterly infuriating.
#Ferguson is one of the many sparks that’s lighting up the world’s injustice. For the sake of all affected and involved, and for the social-and-political darkness this flame could dispel, please, don’t let its fire go out. Spread the word.