Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Ferguson, Missouri

It's time to comment.
Truth is that I have been commenting on the ridiculousness going down in Ferguson, Missouri...here and there, on Twitter...I also just added an interesting commentary to the SCW Facebook Group.
That said, here's the deal:   
It's time for the Police to be able to act like Police and take control of the mess that is now Ferguson.
It's time for the Top Cop in charge to stop pandering to the Media and say what needs to be said: the boy that was shot was not, in fact, a choir boy...and that the people's actions following his death make the whole community look bad.
Rioting and looting do nothing to bring the boy back. If anything, they flame prejudices that already exist and perhaps exacerbate the problem. The truth is that most of the people busy rioting and looting have nothing better to do. I'm quite sure a good portion of them do not have jobs and already hate the police. Therefore they add nothing to the debate, and they only subtract from the general sympathies of those of us on the outside looking in.
It's time to wrap this whole thing up; to pray for everyone involved and to move on. That may sound callous, but it's not meant to be read that way.
I found a Scripture that seems to sum it all up perfectly: 

A time to kill and a time to heal; A time to tear down and a time to build up. A time to weep and a time to laugh; A time to mourn and a time to dance. A time to throw stones and a time to gather stones; A time to embrace and a time to shun embracing.…
Ecclesiastes 3:4

It's time.


  1. I completely agree. I am ready for the higher ups to stop throwing Officer Wilson under the bus and to stick up for their officer. This whole things is definitely making race relations worse in this country and the dialogue does not seem to be justice or peace seeking at all.

  2. @Heather...I always believe the truth will come out in the end...call it silly, but...I believe there's more to the story!
    :) Stella

  3. Yes, Stella, the truth will come out, and there is certainly more to the story. We still don't have it all. For instance, time has already revealed that many of the looters were opportunists from elsewhere. Most of the black community in Ferguson were as disgusted with them as the rest of us.

    Like Heather, I was appalled when they exposed Officer Wilson's name in the thick of the disturbances. I immediately began praying for his safety. All the political grandstanding was enough to make one ill.

    But I think to some extent the uproar in Ferguson (or in a neighboring town) was bound to happen sooner or later. History set us up for it.

    I know the area. I’ve been there, talked to many people in that part of the state, and I am here to tell you that while Ferguson may not have been a "sundown town" in the classic sense, there's always been a lingering sense of regret over the passing of the Jim Crow era among far too many of the area's white residents. If the black community felt resentment, about it, that's not surprising.

    This history, combined with the racial disparity between the community and the police force and the resulting deep distrust on both sides of the color line, resulted in overreactions on both sides.

  4. @Jan: I hear you, loud and clear. I can somewhat compare it to my husband's South Bronx precinct, and though I've never been to Missouri, it seems that there are nights in SoB when the air is just teeming with bad energy, and the stances are so adversarial that nothing good can happen on either "side."
    Of course, here we have people like Al Sharpton to thank for a whole lot of shit stirring!


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