I’ve been mostly silent here, but on my Facebook I’ve been posting daily updates on the situation in Ferguson as best I could. I hadn’t seen anyone posting about it, so… Yeah, figured I’d do a better job than some of the local news stations would.
Anyway, I haven’t really received much of a response. A few people telling me thank you for keeping them informed, a few likes… little stuff like that.
Today, someone commented that really didn’t have a good grasp on what was going on in Ferguson.
Here’s my response:
"The opportunists are those creating the riots."
I’m not debating this with you because I’ve already said this.
"Change will never be perpetuated through any form of violence."
American Revolution brought about a big change, namely the birth of a new nation. It accomplished this through a war.
"and why would a group want to violate their own neighborhood and people."
They’re not. I’ve already mentioned that the opportunists have no connection with the protesters; many of the residents of Ferguson have stated that most come from out of town (and over the past few days, a LOT of people have started to roll into Ferguson). A few white anarchists have already been arrested.
"If this were to happen here, I would want and expect a ramp up of our police force."
If you think this is a simple case of increased security in a town, you have NOT been paying attention. The reason it’s gotten so bad in Ferguson is BECAUSE the police have done such a terrible job; if it hadn’t been for last Wednesday night, I wouldn’t have been making these updates for the past week.
"Until the facts and forensic proof have been presented…..nothing should be happening."
One of the entire reasons people are still protesting is BECAUSE the police force hasn’t released these details. They conducted an autopsy on Mike Brown first, but they haven’t released it yet; it was a private autopsy that was released yesterday. And the ‘facts’ that have been released, such as the surveillance video? Completely irrelevant to the matter of whether or not Mike Brown was murdered in cold blood. The police haven’t taken Darren Wilson into custody, nor have they released information on the shooting. We have only gotten eyewitness reports and Wilson’s account of events, both of which contradict each other.
The FBI is investigating the matter right now, as well as another group that I believe is from the Department of Justice. A third autopsy is also supposed to be conducted soon.
And “nothing should be happening”? This is the third black male that I’ve read about in the past few months that’s been killed, and I haven’t heard ANYTHING about those previous two cases that would suggest the person responsible was held accountable - and THOSE ARE THE THREE I’D HEARD ABOUT. There’s probably more men out there that have been the subject of police brutality, and nothing happened. If these protesters didn’t start speaking out, it’s likely this case would have been swept under the rug, too. The fact is, these protesters are free to peacefully voice their objections to this case, just like the Westboro Baptist Church is allowed to protest whatever the hell they want.
I’ve been trying my best to keep a good understanding of what’s going on in Ferguson, but that doesn’t mean I’m always right. It’s possible I’ve made an error here or there; if so, I’d appreciate it if you’d point it out in a civil way. Thanks.