Thoughts on Ferguson

I generally try to keep my opinions on “Media Events” to myself, but this? It’s just stupid.

Justice, as this country sees it, has been served. There was a riot. Police officers were called in to attempt to protect the innocent from violence. Shots were fired. Police officers were shot. A civilian was killed. There has been a trial. This should be over. The Justice System has had it’s say. Let it go.

But no…….
Obviously the fact that the civilian shot was a human with a darker skin tone by a police officer with a lighter skin tone means that everyone who has a darker skin tone (and those that feel that it is a skin tone issue) needs to go out and once again bring more violence.

He was shot DURING A RIOT. A riot that he was participating in.

Oooooh! I know! Let’s have MORE RIOTS to protest the fact that a human being – a member of the HUMAN RACE was killed. Let’s go burn down businesses. Let’s go steal stuff. Let’s set the town on fire.

Ooooh! And hey, I don’t live anywhere near Ferguson, but I want to have fun raping & pillaging like the Vikings of old, so I’m going to start a protest wherever I live. I’m going to get my party on to “join the protest” and shut down freeways and bust out windows and bring violence to the streets all over America. Because it just looks like so much fun. (Apparently.)

Violence is not the answer. The system that is making people angry is not what is being harmed by this violence. Innocent people are being harmed, scared to leave their homes, having their livelihoods destroyed. People are being injured. Is this really the answer?

If you want to protest this ruling, do it peacefully. Leave the guns & Molotov cocktails at home. Leave those rocks & bricks on the ground. Donate those cans of food to a homeless shelter or food bank.

Mob mentality means that someone WILL get hurt. Damage will be done. Lives will very likely be lost.

Is more death the answer? Really?

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2 thoughts on “Thoughts on Ferguson

  1. It’s puzzling to me that no one seems to be able to find an effective way to protest racial profiling (including other abuses by law enforcement to include murder), that doesn’t end in more violence; and/or is futile.
    Isn’t there some way to exert economic pressure? Whatever happened to the art of boycott? Is there any way to deliver severe economic blows to any and all vendors and benefactors of offending law enforcement agencies?
    Boycotting would require serious strategy, and “high profile targets” in order to identify and track results.
    On a local level, what if the cops couldn’t get services and products without serious delays, inconveniences, and/or loss of access?; because, their vendors and benefactors were feeling the economic pressure of boycott., and/or put out of business. On a national level, it’s possible to boycott something as simple as the brand of tires worn by Furgeson police cars.
    If nothing else, boycotting is a way to promote widespread awareness (not just local), and bloodless penalties. In my lifetime, I seem to recall an effective boycott of the buses by Blacks in the south, grape and lettuce boycotts in support of farm workers across the U.S., Florida orange juice in support of gays , etc.. . . There has to be a way to stop the isolation that makes discrimination possible. There has to be a way to create wide spread loss in the face of it discrimination, to anyone and everyone, even remotely connected to racism, and for each and every incident brought to light. It’s time for people of color to realize their power and support through boycott; especially economic.

    • Boycotting is a great way to make your voice heard. And there are many ways to do a peaceful protest. Have a sit-in. Gather on the steps of the local governmental buildings. Send letters to elected officials. With the internet it is SO easy to make your voice heard. But this? Violence begets violence. It’s a never-ending circle until either everyone is harmed or someone finally says “ENOUGH!” and makes a change.
      Unfortunately, all they have done is prove that they want to cause harm. How does causing harm to the innocent around them serve to honor the memory? Unless that was his favorite thing to do, I can’t see how it would be a form of honor at all.

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