Small town student finds passion in social justice reform

In the one-stoplight town of Wilber, Nebraska, Louie Broz realized his political views were different from the other 31 kids in his class.

“I come from a really conservative town,” he said. “I was always kind of the liberal one.”

When the riots in Ferguson, Missouri, happened after black teen Michael Brown was shot by police, Broz became aware of social justice issues. The more he read about the history of race in America, the more he discovered about its injustices.

That same year, Broz became fascinated by writer Shaun King’s report on John Ehrlichman. In it, Ehrlichman, a former adviser to President Nixon, renounced the president’s War On Drugs because he felt it targeted minorities.

“That whole system was made out to be a public safety concern about health, but really it was just a masked racial caste system,” he said. “It’s super eye-opening when you study it.”

Broz recently added a public policy analysis minor to his journalism major. He hopes to use what he learns in this minor and apply it to a possible career in policy reform – specifically in creating policies that protect civil rights, like reducing the rate of mass incarceration and improving treatment of protestors.

“There hasn’t been enough public outcry about this stuff,” he said. “It would be cool to make progress with it.”

Louie Broz talks about an experience in his hometown
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