The Ferguson protests seized the attention of people all over the world and gave them a sense of the unvarnished truth of Black American life.
The film "Nightcrawler" is garnering rave reviews and is indeed beautifully photographed, well made and entertaining - but the reviews, like the movie itself, erase entire chunks of our society and its reality.
Jay Walljasper is the author of The Great Neighborhood Book and All That We Share: A Field Guide to the Commons. He chronicles urban life for a variety of publications. His website is: www.JayWalljasper.com.