Why I Cannot be Silent About Ferguson

I’m very upset today. Upset isn’t really the word, though. Outraged? Pissed? None of those truly convey how I feel about what is going on in Missouri. I don’t think the English language even has a word to clearly convey the emotions I feel as I read about the riots in Missouri, about the destruction of property and callous disregard for others that has been shown there. I just don’t really have a word to accurately portray the depth of anger and horror I feel as I read the news stories and watch the videos and even read through comments sections on these protests. Read these beauties from the blaze.com.

Wow! Stay classy folks! I’ll let those comments speak for themselves. I don’t think there’s much I need to add to that hatred and racism. And yet they want to sit there and claim there’s a “war on whites?” Seriously? FUCKING SERIOUSLY?!

It’s a sad day when I, as a white woman, will say I’m thankful I’m white. It’s upsetting and disturbing on every level to watch these heinous actions by cops dressed to the teeth in military gear stomping all over fellow citizens’ constitutional rights just because they have no one there to physically stop them. For instance, last night two journalists, an alderman, and a state senator got arrested for merely being at the protests.

I found an excellent live feed by an independent radio station, KARG, broadcasting from the protests, so I was able to form my own opinions regarding what occurred last night before reading any news stories about it. News reports from certain outlets (read Fox News and their lying ilk) declared protestors were shooting at the police and throwing molotov cocktails. I never saw that in the live broadcast I watched and neither did reputable reporters there, either. I only witnessed a protestor return a smoke canister back to the police line. One even went so far as to tweet regarding these allegations.

If the police in Ferguson, Missouri, really want a de-escalation of tensions in that city, instead of showing force and dressing in military gear and pointing guns at peaceful protestors, they should apologize to the family and community for Michael Brown’s unnecessary death, release the identity of their killer officer, provide support to the protestors instead of resistance, and show through actions how they will work to change their policies so this never happens again.

But, they don’t really want a de-escalation. These cops believe the angry citizens are “animals” and that Ferguson is a “war zone.” This is not the way they “serve and protect” their citizens. This is the way they continue to abuse those citizens and cause them more anger. Is it any wonder that these people in Ferguson are only getting angrier and more upset. NOTHING is changing. These people are only seeing more of the same from their abusive police force and have had enough of it.

This morning both the President and the Chief of Police held press conferences regarding the protests.

(I can only find this clip at this moment, but I will hopefully be able to find a more complete video and will update when I do so.)

Meanwhile, on Twitter, users from Gaza are advising the people in Ferguson as to how to handle to police and tear gas being shot at them. I find it slightly ironic but very heartwarming to read these tweets. It reaffirms the idea in me that at the end of the day, the whole world over, we are still all one big human family and that human compassion still exists. Read some of the tweets from Palestinians to Americans:

So, if you want to do something about what is happening in Ferguson, Missouri, please sign this Whitehouse.Gov petition demanding the “Mike Brown Law”, in addition to calling your state and federal Senators and Representatives and demanding they introduce/stand behind this law in Congress. Also there are solidarity protests happening around America and a National Moment of Silence scheduled.

 

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