For one local community college student, a research internship at Stanford sparked an intellectual journey that led them to transfer to the Farm and study how the media portrays police killings of black Americans.
Rarely does debating politics at the family dinner table end well. But just such a heated discussion led Stanford sociology major Atlanta Rydzik to the Farm, a senior honors thesis and soon, graduate school. Rydzik remembers the exchange over Thanksgiving dinner well. It was 2014, the year Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was fatally shot by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. Where and how often Brown was shot was a contentious point for many, including Rydzik’s family.