With a heavy heart, I’ve been watching the “blowback” from the ruling against the Cop who killed Michael Brown.
I wasn’t in the courtroom, I wasn’t privy to the details that exonerated the cop.
But I have seen a zillion videos. So here’s my 2 cents.
First off, the video of Michael Brown STEALING cigars from the store, and then ASSAULTING the owner. (Stealing and assault are crimes, and the person who commits them can be arrested.)
How would you feel if you were the store owner?
We know someone called the police because the the robbery and assault. We know the police were looking for Michael Brown.
Now we have conflicting stories on what happened next. Some say Michael Brown attacked the cop, punched him in the face, and there is a picture of the cop with black and blue on his face. Some people say Michael Brown put his hands up and said, “Don’t shoot.” I don’t know if we will ever know the FULL truth.
I don’t believe Michael Brown should have been killed. Arrested, yes. Killed, No.
Personally, I feel the cop should be expelled from the force, and find another profession.
But someone PLEASE explain to me how looting and destroying other peoples’ businesses is helping to solve the race issues in this country? Why are Sharpton and Jackson allowed to stir this up?
No, I don’t know what it’s like to be African-American. But I have known LOTS of African-Americans who are GOOD PEOPLE, EDUCATED, AND HARDWORKING.
There seems to be a sub-culture (both White and Black) that does not value education, and that is where a lot of the problem starts. Without an education, how can you get a good job? How can you lift yourself out of poverty? You can’t.
Once again, our president has chosen to talk out of both sides of his mouth, at once saying he has “no sympathy for those who destroy businesses in their own communities” but at the same time saying he understands the frustration that drives them to do it. (Wink, wink, it’s okay.)
We thought that having a “half-white/half black” president could open up conversations, education, and bringing together of the races in this country, but sadly, he has decided instead to push us further apart.
Yes, I’m white. There are probably LOTS of things I don’t understand.
Here’s a few stories that I have experienced in my lifetime:
1. Two years ago, I worked with a woman at a church to collect hats, scarves and gloves for inner-city youth.(She lives in the inner-city and works at the Rec center.) She told me of one young African-American man (17 years old) who had to WALK to school because the bus would only pick up if you lived *further* than a mile and a half from school! I had no idea. I stopped and tried to put myself into his shoes: Would I be willing to WALK a mile and a half at 8 am when it’s 0 degrees outside?! What an obstacle to overcome. ** This should not be. In this day and age, they can’t get the school bus to pick up kids who live that far away.
2. I worked with an African-American woman who was very dark. She was a really nice person and helped me very much when I took a job in a department that she worked in, and she trained me. She told me terrible stories of prejudice that she had endured in her life. One instance was after she bought her house and was trying to get a home improvement loan to add a sunroom. The bank officer came over and evaluated her house, and said, “You have all this, what do you want more for?” That was pretty rude. She told me stories of being picked on in school. As an adult, she went to night college, and the professor told her, “You shouldn’t be here.” (He was a Pakistani man.)
Can someone explain why they think LOOTING is going to solve the problems?