Thanks thugs. I now have to fight with Mr. Moonhowler over some issues that I consider fairly important. I have had to defend Al Sharpton, I have had to explain why the teen death rate in Chicago is a separate issue from Ferguson. I have had to talk about proportion–why your life isn’t an even exchange for a box of cigars.
I am not sure who all is rioting, looting, and shooting in Ferguson. It might not even be local folks. All I know is, when rioting, looting and shooting starts, the city of Ferguson loses. People stop listening to real problems and focus on behaviors that have become icons of “otherness.” Seriously, we shouldn’t be talking about the murder rate in Chicago among black youths, why Al Sharpton is down there or any of those things. We should be talking about process.
Do cops make mistakes? Yes. They are human beings. However, the problem seems to be how this tragic situation was handled. I am still not ready, in my own mind, to declare guilt or innocence to any of the parties involved. I need more information. Why the hell is it taking so long?
We now have the highway patrol, (I am assuming the equivalence of the Virginia State Police.) and the national guard called out. This situation is serious and there will be NO winners.
What have the protests done to advance Michael Brown’s “cause?” Can violence and looting EVER help a situation? I say no. It does quite the opposite. It makes us lose focus on the real problem and all to quickly focus on race and “other.”