When Activism Is Worth the Risk

Academics who champion causes may be gambling with their careers. But for some dedicated activists, the choice is clear.

Whitney Curtis for the chronicle

Justin Hansford, assistant professor at Saint Louis U. School of Law: “When the Mike Brown situation happened, there was no time for me to say, ‘Well, I’ll wait a year until I get tenure.’”
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Justin Hansford lives 10 minutes from Ferguson, Mo., where last summer a white policeman shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager. The incident set off months of protests, as people from all walks of life took a stand against police...

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