We are pleased to announce the official launch of The Ferguson Decoded Project: A Translation of Medical Language in the 2014 Ferguson Grand Jury Hearing. This collaborative effort began in the wake of the events surrounding the Ferguson grand jury's non-indictment decision in the shooting of Michael Brown by Darren Wilson on November 24, 2014. When the evidence provided at this hearing was released to the public, we, the authors of this project, took the opportunity provided by National Public Radio to look through some of these documents. Reading the medically related evidence, we soon realized that the large majority of these documents were filled with highly complex medical terminology. As medical students, we know from personal experience how difficult it can be to understand the anatomical terms and clinical abbreviations used in these documents without prior knowledge. We felt it was important that our country have access to these medically related reports and records in plain, straightforward English.
Consequently, the nine of us decided to "translate" the medical jargon within these documents into everyday language. We worked together to paraphrase three of the medically related documents used in the hearing by combining our respective knowledge and experience. After writing many drafts and consulting experienced faculty members, we are honored to present our final work to the American public, which is currently engaged with the imperative national conversation concerning the interplay between race and justice initiated this year following the highly-publicized shootings of young Black Americans by police officers. Many thanks to all of our contributors and supporters across the Brown community who made this website possible.
Finally, although we acknowledge that any work in translation may be open to interpretation and bias, throughout this project we sincerely tried our best to remain as "neutral" as possible, with the goal of adding clarity rather than new discord to the issues surrounding the events in Ferguson this year. We hope that The Ferguson Decoded Project will provide all visitors to our site with valuable information for their own personal inquiry and goals, regardless what their views may be regarding this issue. Most importantly, we hope this work may spark interest among students of all backgrounds to contribute their respective knowledge in a similar manner, so that we all may have transparent access to the thousands of pages of evidence from this hearing.
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The Authors of The Ferguson Decoded Project:
Rian M. Yalamanchili
Hyunwoo June Choo
John R. Williams