The Ferguson Debate

I usually don’t comment on particular bits of news but this one has really caught my attention. There are so many opinions circulating around what happened. I’ll be brief sharing some of my thoughts. The truth of the matter in my opinion is that there is a lack of value on human life. This is a problem that happens all across the world. However it became especially apparent this past week. The fact of the matter is that we still live in a racial society. We are divided by class, economic status, education, skin tone, and a host of other things. Black people have been killed by people in authority of other races for centuries. Literally centuries. This stems from a lot of things and also mindsets that have not changed. It’s not a problem that’s getting better despite some claims that we live in a post-racial society. We don’t. Stories like this should serve as proof positive that society still has a huge problem with blacks. There is no reason why someone who has sworn to serve and protect to shoot someone who is unarmed 8 to 10 times. Driving, walking, running, playing music, or being out your house at night while black should not be an offense punishable by death. Ever. However, while the solution involves bringing attention to these murders, it also involves holding people accountable for their actions. Not excusing them because of some flimsy excuse about being threatened or reporting that the person killed was a “thug” or some other type of  evil person that apparently did not deserve to live. A black man who is pulled over by the police should not have to wonder if he’s about to die for some petty reason at the hands of the officer. It’s unfair, it’s inexcusable, it’s wrong and sadly, it’s becoming normal. This satirical article demonstrates a snippet of the experiences that black males face at the hands of some in authority. 

One thought on “The Ferguson Debate

  1. carol vickers says:

    Going back thirty years ago, I was taking some classes, I wrote an essay for school, and the teacher asked the class to write an essay about one of our fears! The topic I wrote about was “Fear for my black son in this racist society”, I just knew that my beautiful innocent black son would one day be judged by the color of his skin…at the time I wrote the essay, my son was less than a year old….

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