I like to laugh and write about funny things. What is happening in Ferguson, MO is not funny and has consumed me for the past week. I am a news junkie yet I am surprised when I find out how many are not aware of the unrest and racial tension in this town of just over twenty one thousand.
Cliff note version of what happened: Michael Brown, 18, and friend were walking in the middle of the street. Police officer tells them to get back on sidewalk. The story differs from here. According to police there was a struggle for his sidearm. According to witnesses Brown ran from officer and was shot in the back. Autopsy results have since shown the shots entered the front of Mr. Brown but that isn’t going to bring Mr. Brown back or squelch the pain of his family. Of course the media vultures Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton swarm on the city like vultures looking for meat. They are not there to help. They are there for self promotion and basically a can of kerosene introduced to a bonfire. They say they stand for civil rights but I concur and say they wish for civil unrest.
At the beginning of this unrest Ferguson police brought in TANKS and swat vehicles and shot rubber bullets and tear gas into the crowd of demonstrators including some news crews that were only trying to do their job. The wise move was then made by the Governor to put the State Highway Patrol in charge of security. So who is to blame? As usual I believe truth lies in the middle. There were characters of ill repute that demonstrated with violence and didn’t really care about the life of Michael Brown that was lost. I also believe there are a few police officers that view themselves as “soldiers with toys” that have no regard for the law that they were sworn to uphold. This is an example of the few ruining it for the many.
We all come from different ethnic backgrounds. We may differ in color. We may differ in religious beliefs but the one thing we have in common is that we are human beings. I hope we all soon accept that reality and act in a brotherly way.