Ferguson: This is not ‘Protest’

FergusonPigThe 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.

2 thoughts on “Ferguson: This is not ‘Protest’

  1. Roland, we live in an age of name-calling. And the name-callers don’t even bother to learn anything about the person the are attacking. I am often accused of hating gay people— and when I point out I have same-sex attraction (gay orientation) myself, the insults usually keep on coming. I used to be hurt and feel like crying over things like this. But I have toughened up and realize that it is the attacker’s problem and not mine.

    I did my student teaching and worked two years as a teacher in Lutheran schools with mostly black students. One year I think we had 2 Caucasian girls and one boy. I walked to my student teaching through a black neighborhood. I think the lives of black people are not perfect but they are very much handicapped by a society telling them they can’t get ahead without more, more, more government programs to make them ‘equal’, and by the subculture that tells young black men they are weak if they don’t defy police officers and other authority figures and pretend to be ‘gangstas’.

    What saddens me most is the idea that the sweet black children that I taught to read might have grown up to be victims of this subculture instead of realizing their full potential.

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