Scenes from Ferguson, Mo., in August 2014, captured by some of the reporters I spoke to for this story. Courtesy of Trymaine Lee, Wesley Lowery, Gene Demby and Yamiche Alcindor hide caption

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Comedian Wyatt Cenac performs onstage at the Vulture Festival Presents: Comedy Night at The Bell House on May 31 in Brooklyn, New York. Bryan Bedder/Getty Images hide caption

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A man displays a Confederate flag tattoo as he participates in a rally to show support for the American and Confederate flags on July 11 in Loxahatchee, Fla. Organizers of the rally said that after the Confederate flag was removed from South Carolina's Statehouse, it reinforced their need to show support for the Confederate flag, which some feel is under attack. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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Dylann Roof, the man who is charged with killing nine people in a mass shooting in Charleston, S.C., is a "millennial." But when that term is used, it's usually describing a very different subset of young people. AP hide caption

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A policeman stands guard on Pine Street in West Philadelphia near the remains of 61 row houses days after they were destroyed by fire on May 13, 1985, when police dropped explosives into a house occupied by members of the radical group MOVE. George Widman/AP hide caption

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Connie and Gerald Renfrow outside their Osage Avenue home. April Saul for NPR hide caption

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The neighborhood where the compound of the radical group MOVE was located. Peter Morgan/AP hide caption

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