Archive for November, 2014

Sitting down to write this morning I am extremely saddened. Scenes from last night’s news coverage keeps running through my mind. I am extremely disturbed at what I saw. At the same time I cannot help but think that what I witnessed last night was the most ironic/hypocritical thing I had ever witnessed. Allow me to explain.

First let me start with why I was disturbed. I was disturbed because a young man has died. Regardless of where you stand on whether his death was justifiable or not, does not matter at this point. I believe the loved ones and friends of Mike Brown have a responsibility of remembering their friend and loved one with dignity and respect. Now, that will never happen. Michael Brown’s legacy will always include looting and rioting. How can a young man be remembered as he should when properties are being destroyed and police cars are being burned? I am disturbed for Mike Brown. I am saddened for his loved ones. I am saddened for Officer Wilson.

Secondly, allow to explain my above statement about irony/hypocrisy. The very thing that people are crying against in Ferguson, they are now perpetuating. There has been a cry that says injustices have been done. The responsible parties have been let off the hook and this is not ok. Truthfully there is nothing wrong with this viewpoint. I am not saying that is the view that I hold to but each person is entitled to their own opinion. So on the tv we see looters, rioters, burning police vehicles, burning buildings, rocks being thrown at police (who have done nothing but show up as ordered), windows being smashed, gunfire and I even heard screamed out expletives. These things are done in the name of justice? For the life of me I can’t figure out how if I think you are not just, I have the right to break any and all laws. Last night on the news I witnessed felonies happening in real time. Know what’s ironic? Most of those people will never get arrested or be punished for their crime.

Shooting at police and burning their patrol cars…Are you serious? How does that promote justice? How does that promote equality? It doesn’t! What it does is drive a deeper wedge into the underlying issue that has been brought to light in Ferguson: Racism is alive and well in America. Let me go on the record for saying that I do not believe that racism killed Mike Brown. What it did is pull the bandaid off the wound of racial injustice that has existed since the day our country was born. The moment this shooting was made public people started defending the white guy or defending the black guy. At that point we had no right to do either. We had no facts. Rather than trust the justice system “We the people” commented on social media and more times than not defended our preferred race.

So where do we go from here? Regardless of race, love on the Brown family. This family is grieving the loss of a son that was taken from this world prematurely. Support Officer Wilson. This young police officer will live the rest of his life questioning his actions. He killed somebody and he now has to live with that. Commit to to fighting injustice justly. We must not use injustice as an excuse to act unjustly ourselves. When we do we silence ourselves. People will not listen to a voice that is looting a liquor store. Speak from a place of respect for fellow man. Finally, acknowledge the reality of racism. It exists and is alive and well. It did not go away during the civil rights movement. Find a way to fight against this social injustice. Be the solution not the problem.

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