All I can do is sigh. Ferguson was like Agent Smith said in The Matrix – inevitable. The Black community wants justice. The Grand Jury wasn’t instructed to deliver justice. They were instructed to follow the law. These two things should be the same, but in this case they are not.
An encounter between Officer Wilson and Michael Brown went very wrong. Both were at fault. Only one person ended up dead. This is the reality.
Officer Wilson lacked understanding but is alive to hopefully learn to understand. MIchael Brown didn’t understand that confrontations with the police can end up very badly.
Once the shooting happened and Michael Brown ended up dead, the rest of the this story became very predictable. We have seen it dozens of times in the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s. We have seen officers who felt threatened and did things that made a community gasp. There are marches and calls for calm, but to little or no avail. The anger explodes. Violence. Stupid violence. Arrests. More people hurt or even killed. Nothing has changed except that some innocent bystanders have been hospitalized and property has been destroyed. (more…)