While a debate over professional football players kneeling during the national anthem consumed much of the nation, demonstrators in St. Louis protested the acquittal of a white former police officer in the fatal 2011 shooting of a black man, marching inside a mall and through the streets in daily protests for more than a week. Racial justice activists are concerned that the essential issues they have spent years trying to highlight — police brutality and systemic racism — could get lost in . . .
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