Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Ferguson Erupts - As Expected

Last night the Grand Jury in Ferguson, MO. announced it's verdict in the Darren Wilson case. Wilson is the white police officer who shot an killed a young Black man, Michael Brown. I can honestly say that I did not expect and indictment in this case, so I am not surprised. The Grand Jury was made up of 9 white people and 3 Black people, so both races were represented.

I am not going to say this decision was right or wrong. I studied what transcripts were available and could see that there were many discrepancies on both sides. I don't feel as though I can form an honest opinion on right or wrong, as I was not there in the Grand Jury and I was not a witness to the shooting. I don't know if justice was served or if the truth ever really emerged, because there have been so many rumors, untruths and outright lies spread around by so many people not involved in this case.

The case no longer involves the friends and families of the officer and the deceased, or the community of Ferguson, MO. In the past few months since the shooting, people and groups have come out of the woodwork to support either the shooter or the victim. The Klu Klux Klan, Anonymous, Rev. Al Sharpton and members of white supremacist or other right wing groups have become part of the fabric of demonstrations in this small community. Their purpose for their presence, in my opinion, is debatable. Most of them are there for their own self serving reasons or to push their own agenda. There are also people there for the best of reasons, supporting the families involved or the seeking racial harmony and justice.

Of all of these protesters there seems to be a minority who resort to violence to make some sort of point. It makes no sense to riot, burn and destroy in response to what may be perceived as a crime. This type  of behavior does nothing to ease racial tensions in the community. It only feeds the hatred and fuels the flames of discontent.

I do not feel for one minute that Ferguson does not have a race problem. For sure their are racist elements in the law enforcement agencies, as their are probably everywhere. There are also racist elements in both the white and Black communities. For sure the police department did not handle the shooting and ensuing demonstrations and riots with intelligence and professionalism. Ferguson will not be the only American community to suffer these types of situations, as it is only a matter of time before it happens again in some other community. Each community has to come face to face with racial problems that may or may not be apparent. They must work on understanding their minority communities and become aware of the sensitivities of all of their citizens.

I am not going to take sides, but I am going to place some blame on what has happened and is happening in Ferguson. I am going to place a very large percentage of blame for the riots and bloodshed on the people who are inciting this violent behavior - the MEDIA! Since the inception of 24/7 news channels, such as CNN and Fox News, it has become apparent that if these stations have no news, they will invent it. Watching reporters from CNN, FOX, CBS, NBC ABC and others one can see that when it comes to covering the riots and demonstration they are actually firing up the radicals on both sides in order to make news. When they have stoked the flames and created a violent street scene they become shocked and incensed when one of their reporters gets verbally attacked or even injured. In situations like this they believe that if there is no news, they can create their own.  I believe Fox News is the main culprit in flaming racial hatred. For six years they have attacked the President on one basic fact alone and that is because he is Black. In so demonically attacking him because of his race, they have set a new low standard for news broadcasting where it is acceptable to attack anyone of color, anyone of a different religion, gays or anyone who is not a white, male Christian.

The people of Ferguson and any community, where there are problems related to racism, bigotry and inequality, riots and violence are not the answer. You must register to vote and vote, not only in presidential or national elections, but in small local ones too. This last election was an example where people were lazy and did not vote their own personal interests, thus allowing right wing and fringe candidates, who are anti-immigrant and anti-minority social conservatives, to become elected.  Violence will not bring about change, people and their votes will bring about change!

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