The news media reports that Ferguson is bracing for more ‘protests’. This is an inaccurate description. When the actions include threatening the police, screaming obscenities, hateful rhetoric, destruction of property, throwing bricks or shooting bullets at police, and looting, that is not protest. It isn’t peaceful or helpful to society.
I remember hearing about the civil rights movement during the time when peaceful/non-violent protests were the way. The protesters were actually taught how to take a punch without fighting back. That’s why people sympathized with them.
When ‘protests’ break out that have a high likelihood of turning into race riots, that does not benefit anyone. Except for a very tiny group of would-be racial leaders who want to scare the community with the threat— or the reality— of race riots. They want to make themselves important by being perceived as racial leaders who if placated can prevent the riots. But these would-be leaders need to let some riots happen so that the threat is feared enough that they can get the personal advancement that they want.
And the people of the communities have to live with the results— communities in which shops close and employers go away because of fear of riots. These people don’t deserve it. They need peaceful communities so that they can have the opportunities that they need to have a good life.
Pray for peace in Ferguson.