The Shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson and The Aftermath
This is how much we can see clearly.
There are no clear facts except for bits and pieces.
A white cop shot a black young man. That is what we know for certain. We know approximate time and we know the actors involved. We know about where it happened and that it was centered around a police car. We know that there were words exchanged between the officer and the person shot. We know they were in very close proximity to each other. We know six shots were fired. We know that two were to the head of the person shot. We know the officer is alive.
We know there were peaceful and violent protests following the shooting. We know that there was looting and homemade incendiary devices used in the rioting. We know rubber bullets, tear gas and batons have been used by "policing" forces.
We know that huge politicos like Jesse Jackson are involved. We know that the very best of the best came and did an autopsy. We know that state police were called in and replaced local police and now the National Guard is on scene.
We know that one rally was called to start at 4:20 and people were urged to wear/flash red colors. We know that most of the protesters are peaceful. We know that some reporters have been shabbily treated some days ago.
We know that many if not most the reports coming out of Ferguson are horribly biased one way or another.
It is not raining all over the world. It just feels that way.
Stormy clouds bring a clarity.
So who would act violently over something with so little facts on which to base actions?
We understand a candle light vigil and a prompt memorial type service and some talkers talking about the situation.
Or is just one fact important --- it was a white on black shooting?
I hope that Ferguson is not that racist going in any direction. But it looks like they are. Whites hate the blacks and the blacks hate the whites. Otherwise rational minds just cannot act like they are acting. How do you "police" hatred. You cannot.
Can it be a matter of hatred of cops? We expect that from gang bangers or radicals from the 70's but today? It really does look like a situation where citizens just hate cops and cops reciprocate. We really are talking about hate actions here and not like a clash between intent forces.
I surely did think I saw black cops.
(Just to set the record straight -- we use "black" here because there is no evidence of any "African Roots" except maybe 400 year old type but that is too far removed. Clearly these are Americans of long heritage)
I surely did see white protesters. (again I have no idea about ancient heritage -- they are clearly Americans that look white)
But would president Obama look black or white under a gas mask and face shield? Was Michael Brown, Cajun, Jamaican, Puerto Rican or Hawaiian or California type black man?
It seems like color is a small part of identifying someone nowadays. Is my Amerasian son just a white guy or is he an Asian guy or is he just a So. Cal. guy. Is Obama now a D.C. Black man?
In case it slipped your attention we do not even know the complexion of the Michael Brown and just what he looked like at night.
If these people are all really hating each other because of skin tone --- I have my doubts about the water supply in that area. Seems like some kind of mass poisoning.
I dare you to take this poll with what you now know.
Was Michael Brown shot because he was African American?
Side by side -- Oh Lord why don't we?
What would he make of such madness.
Why do the pictures look like hate -- please excuse we mean Gaza.
Gaza is complicated in the sense that hatred flows for almost a full century now with little or no progress in that regard. Gazans really are second class citizens and they really have lost their homes and they really are treated badly and their religion clashes with those in power in the region. Their violence is just about almost darn near justifiable in certain regards.
Is it that bad in Ferguson? Do they really need to resort to violence to be heard? The films really look a lot like Gaza. Is it justified?
No people it is not. And do not start believing that a Molotov Cocktail is justified in this country and that looting is justified and that violence against our police is justified. It just is not justified here and certainly no longer in Ferguson.
We have a great system of justice. We have rules and by law all are treated in our system the same. On the street it is personal. And we will have to wait to see how that plays out. If the cop was wrong we will know and he will be dealt with accordingly.
If someone stands and decries the system and then stands side by side with a looter of an innocent woman's property they are fakes and should be heard as such. What did the female store operator due to be looted by the fine people of Ferguson? Why did the black clerk loose here job because the store was burnt down? Ferguson people need to get it together quickly and send publicity garnering carpet baggers' back to DC and the like.
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