The Anger Eating America

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by Cheri RobertsChallenging the Rhetoric & Guerilla Media Network

When a group of individuals has a righteous soap-box for legitimate discourse over racism and abuses that soap-box should never be burned to the ground by their own hand; yet this is what we saw happen last night in Ferguson, Missouri after the ‘no’ indictment decision was announced by St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch. Passions and angers pushed to their limit over a man’s death, a man most never knew in life, were unleashed on an entire community instead of at the problem.

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Tipping points do little good if all that tips is a police car. Just sayin’. In fact, as angry Americans lash-out at objects and places versus those in power the point that gets tipped is never in our favor as citizens nor for the betterment of our country. And to be clear, this is not an endorsement for violence against authorities and instead is a caution to re-think your positions and aggression in order to better direct them in a way that creates positive dialogue and real change.

A handful of protesters in Ferguson failed that test, in real-time, while the world watched via LiveStreams.

What we saw in Ferguson  isn’t how it’s done. From the moment the initial protesters took off running away from the courthouse after the Text announcements were sent out — which was several minutes before McCulloch ever publicly uttered the decision, to the wee hours of the morning, all that protester’s misdirected actions have accomplished thus far is to provide local and federal officials more ammunition to take away more of our rights and a reason for people to stop caring and lending support to the cause of race equality and excessive force. Those that supported justice and truth for Michael Brown, Jr. did not sign-on to support the chaos Ferguson protesters wrought on their own city. The damage is done and the many-faceted costs to an already poor area is not only substantial, it is going to hurt.

The damage caused by few was incited by many from all sides of the issue and here we are no closer to, and possibly even further from, justice and an end to racism in America.

*More images of last night’s damage can be seen here.

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9 responses to “The Anger Eating America

  1. On the radio here in New Zealand they are saying the violence isn’t justified but the reason for the violence is. Violence is not the answer. It only aggravates the situation and makes any progress towards a more tolerant society very difficult. 😦

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