This Powerful Photo Is the Perfect Response to the Michael Brown Shooting

Days after 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot by police in Ferguson, Mo., years of racial tension have finally come to an explosive head.

Peaceful protests against the St. Louis suburb's police force turned violent on Wednesday night, with the Associated Press reporting that some people began "lobbing Molotov cocktails and other objects" at police. According to the AP and many journalists on the ground, heavily armed police officers responded with smoke bombs, tear gas and rubber bullets. For the second time this week, Ferguson looked more like a war zone than a small suburban community.

Half a country away, Twitter user Megan Sims posted this incredible photo from Howard University, the historically black university in Washington, D.C., echoing the "hands up, don't shoot" rallying cry of Ferguson residents.

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This isn't the first time Howard students have staged a powerful protest after the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager: The Howard University College of Medicine took the photo below in response to the death of Trayvon Martin (it was posted by actor George Takei in July of 2013).

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