Quick note regarding yesterday’s post and the continuuing story coming out of Ferguson. I will post my “real” Nablopomo moments after this one! TWO IN ONE DAY! JUST LIKE YESTERDAY!
Some of the rebuttals I’ve seen around the web toward people expressing support of those upset in Ferguson lead me to believe some points may not be clear.
Sympathizing with protestors does not mean I believe all cops are evil. Just the opposite. Thanks to some really positive childhood experiences I’ve always tended to believe cops are awesome by default. It did not make me popular during my hippie college days.
It also doesn’t mean I think Darren Wilson is guilty of murder. It just means I understand the hope for a trial in a case with murky circumstances.
It also doesn’t mean that I think the biggest problem in the African American community is cops and not same-race murder. One of the people I’ve been following on Twitter wrote about this back in August. This is my favorite part: “When cops are killed the outrage is always different than when citizens are killed. Likewise when cops kill under questionable terms, more scrutiny follows directly from the logic of citizenship. Great power. Great responsibility. Source” There was also an article written in response to this issue addressing specific things leaders in the black community HAVE been doing to address these issues.
It also doesn’t mean that I think all of the violence and looting and vandalism is justified. I think the GREATER issue is seeing the “Great For The News” photos and clips and assuming the fires and aggression represent the protestors as a group. PEOPLE ARE ANGRY. Protests bring about conversation. Even in my own home with my own family – we’re discussing race. Peaceful protestors in Ferguson have been working for 108 days, and they’re angry and now feel like maybe they didn’t make their points strong enough. I’m sad at the images of violence and vandalism because I know that’s going to be the story. But I also worry that if there was no violence and vandalism – there would be no story. It’s a tricky territory because some people just like to be aggressive and violent and this is their opportunity. Others are angry at not being heard when they were quite. And the VAST MAJORITY are not doing anything destructive. So I’m try to stay focused on the message and I’m praying with all of my heart that people on all sides comes home safely to their families every night.
Here’s some great things written yesterday:
Here is another great piece from August
Let me know if you have anything to share.