I thought about the Ferguson happenings all day yesterday. Debated whether to say anything at all about it on the public media. Tried to figure out what to say. Generally, was so pissed off I was afraid to say one word lest my words do more harm than good. But fuck it. I have to say something. Here are the two best things I’ve read about Ferguson so far. They are better than anything I have seen on big media and better than anything I could write about it. I consider myself fortunate to count these two bloggers among my friends.
And none could say they were suprised: on #Ferguson (Infinite Free Time).
Are you pissed? #Ferguson (Drifting Through My Open Mind).
I’m with Luther and Gretchen on this, and that is all I plan to say in public about the details of the Ferguson case. I will talk about what it means for the larger society now. In bullet points. Warning: Strong Opinions Ahead.
- The problems that set the stage for the Ferguson situation are the same old shit people were fighting against during the Civil Rights Era. We have made TON of progress on racial equality since the sixties and I am grateful for that. But how much progress have we made since the nineties? Ask yourself that question.
- We also have a rule of law problem. If you aren’t up on the political terms, this one is easy. ‘Rule of law’ means everyone is equal before the law. You shoot an unarmed person down in the street, you get tried, no matter who you are. A grand jury not indicting a policeman for shooting an unarmed person down in the street under ambiguous circumstances is a problem. Because the state gave that policeman his gun and the state also empaneled that grand jury.
- Riots. When your society is stricken by riots, that is a sign something is badly wrong with your society.
- Whether we like it or not, we still have a problem with racism in this country. We need to fix our shit.
I am so tired. This is not a post I wanted to write. It is a post I had to write. I am weary of living in a culture this awash in violence.
How do we fix our shit?