Those who applauded Marilyn Mosby's actions on the Freddie Gray case can thank themselves for showing up at the polling place last November and checking that box. (Similarly, those who disagree with her decision can tell themselves, "Next election.") Mosby's announcement is a reminder that votes do have an impact; they can affect day-to-day lives.
This cultural shift is obviously significant. But where we go from here is just as important. There are 93 million of us in America right now, and as a result, we have the potential to be the most powerful voting bloc in the country. Imagine what we could do if we harnessed that number, and the power that comes with it, into action at the ballot box?
Let's cheer for Ferguson -- but keep our eye on the bigger truth that our representative democracy is weakened when voter turnout is so low and so poorly reflective of our citizens. But before we rush to make any sweeping conclusions, keep in mind that "argument by anecdote" is dangerously seductive.