Bassem Masri, a prominent live streamer of Ferguson uprising, latest area activist found dead
This past Tuesday, 31-year-old Palestinian American Ferguson activist, Bassem Masri, died. Most well-known for his live streams of the Ferguson uprising after the murder of Michael Brown, Masri’s death struck a chord with many activists commemorating his life.
According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Masri was declared dead after he was found unresponsive in a bus. He is yet another prominent Ferguson protester to die after Edward Crawford and Darren Seals. Many local Ferguson activists remember them all as committed community organizers in the wake of Brown’s murder.
According to the St. Louis County medical examiner’s office, there was no foul play or trauma suspected in Masri’s death. Currently, the cause of death is listed as a heart attack.
However, the circumstances and death of many Ferguson activists has disturbed the local community and aroused suspicions. Others note the importance of caring for tireless activist-organizers who may burn out after fighting in the deeply segregated St. Louis community, stark socioeconomic anxieties, and the political unrest that follows.
Masri is remembered as a fierce anti-racism organizer. He consistently was at the forefront of Ferguson protests and connected his Palestinian identity to the local struggles of Black freedom.
Umar Lee writes for the St. Louis American, “While many business owners were satisfied with making money off the black community and not reinvesting, Zuhdi (Bassem’s father) donated tirelessly to the community and became very politically engaged. It was in this environment that Bassem AKA Lil’ Zuhdi grew up.”
— Umar Lee (@UmarLeeIII) November 28, 2018
Rest in Power #Bassem. This is from the first days of the #Ferguson uprising, when Bassem was live-streaming. He is the reason many of us learned about #Ferguson. He grounded us in awareness of our shared struggle with #Palestine. We lost a real one today. pic.twitter.com/R8peFDdJV0
— Sabaah Folayan (@sabaahfolayan) November 28, 2018
After Ferguson activist Melissa Mckinnies’ son was found hanging from a tree, Masri wrote on Twitter, “If they ever say I suicided myself, it’s not true.”
If they ever say I suicided myself it’s not true I would never put my family through that. If I get murdered I get murdered and really nothing can be done about that besides paying attention at all times https://t.co/x7WuqnbBp1
— Bassem Masri (@bassem_masri) October 29, 2018