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Dick Gregory Compares Ferguson to the Civil Rights Movement

St. Louis native and Civil Rights activist Dick Gregory describes the pain coming from the Ferguson community.

Correction appended: Aug. 12, 2014, 12:05 a.m. E.T.

Activist and comedian Dick Gregory was shot in the leg during Los Angeles’ Watts Riots in 1965. Almost 50 years later, he says the anger and frustration felt by the Watts rioters then are the same sentiments felt by the community in Ferguson, Mo., now.

The only thing different this time, Gregory says, is the ability to show the images across the world instantaneously.

“All over America, they’re saying this situation is happening ‘in St. Louis,'” Gregory says. “But people that don’t live in America say, ‘Did you see what’s going on in America?'”

Additional reporting:

Jon Lowenstein
Nicholas Weissman
Jeremy Levine

Correction: The original version of this story misidentified the state Ferguson is in.

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