November 26, 2014

Dear Ferguson


#ferguson #michaelbrown #officerwilson #stlferguson

Hash tag it however you want..it doesn't really matter at this point.

The entire nation (and world if you want to put it in to perspective) is watching a group of people NO MATTER THEIR COLOR use race as an excuse to vandalize, assault and now murder in their own community.  There is no amount of justification in what has happened.  You have burned your own community and allowed politics to fuel violence and anger.  Local businesses that others have fought hard to have, some their entire lives...gone in the blink of an eye.  Local businesses of your very own family and friends.

At this point the entire world is watching people (black...white...ALL RACES) act like animals and ignorant asses.  I wasn't going to give in to the sensational reporting, or even write about it at all.
Even after watching Michael Brown's stepfather scream "Let's burn this mother fucker down" to a group of people with a mob mentality.  Why?  How could you feel good about burning your own town down? I won't link the video because it was disgusting and embarrassing for the rest of us who live in Missouri to witness.  That isn't the mentality of anyone I know, and no, they are not just "white folk".  Anyone who knows me, understands that the use of a derogatory name under my roof is absolutely not allowed, that racism is the one issue that bothers me in the depths of my very core.  I'd rather hear my kids drop the f bomb than hear them use a racial slur, even if they were repeating a "joke". EVERY SINGLE PARENT (no matter your ethnicity) has the opportunity to raise their children to overcome their adversities.

I wasn't going to write about it at all, until this morning.

I read a news story in regards to the murder of a young man just two short blocks from where Michael Brown was shot by officer Wilson.
This is taken from the Springfield News-Leaders Facebook page link to the story.  You can find them here.
It was this line that infuriated me:

"As police towed Joshua's car, his grandmother Renita Towns said she had little hope that police would investigate and learn the cause of her grandson's death.
"Police don't care — he's black," Towns said."
Mrs. Towns, how in the world can you feel good about that statement?  Even in a moment of grief and tragedy.  How can you assume that all of us mothers, sisters, grandmothers, and women would support that statement?  How can you assume that the wives and family of these officers would begin to support that statement?  I was saddened by the implied assumption.  I have sons.  I can not imagine that poor young man being murdered and if it is tied to the rumors of him being a key witness, that makes it even worse.  Because in a race fueled argument, if he were a witness, he would have stood as an example that this was not in fact, a race or hate crime.  What courage he would have had to have inside of his heart to stand up for what was right, regardless of the color of another man's skin.  That to me defines a hero.  
The police DID investigate the death of Michael Brown and to imply that they have not, is just simply wrong.  The media and the actions that followed are what have tainted this case.  

My next statement I will direct at Michael Brown's mother. 
Ms. Brown, I can't imagine your pain.  I can't imagine your suffering.  But what I can tell you is that I understand the love a mother has for her son, and that has NOTHING to do with race.  
To stand by and encourage violence in  your own community and use the cover of justice is wrong.  WRONG.  It wasn't just stated to a few people.  You stood by an angry mob and allowed those who supported you to listen to someone scream "Burn this mother fucker down".  Innocent children, elderly, families...they were all put in the risk of danger.  That has nothing to do with race.  That is a character choice.  No amount of prayer or anger or sadness can justify the amount of violence that has came from this tragedy.  The most important words in this paragraph are "innocent children".  Innocent and beautiful children who are now watching adults behave as if they are wild animals.  I can only hope that the love for the communities youngsters can overcome the violence they have been shown.  Because that is not the humane lessons we should be teaching them.  
There are thousands and thousands of mothers, of all nations, who would have stood by your side and held your hand, even if Michael was in the wrong.  No matter what the color of his skin is.  Because we all understand that we can "never say never".  Our children choose paths and there comes a point when they are old enough to stop using their circumstance as an excuse to be violent and make bad choices.  Because we all understand the love a mother has for her child.  Because in the end, you lost your son.  And regardless of our color, our history, our upbringing, as mothers we understand your pain.  How can you allow it to continue on a race basis?  How?  Because I can assure you that my children would wrap their arms around you regardless your skin color because you are in pain.   
When this happened in August, I prayed for you. I prayed that they would find the answer. That you would heal and this would not turn in to a racial unrest that would hurt anyone else.  And I prayed that the truth, NO MATTER WHAT IT WAS, would be revealed. 
Do you vote, Ms. Ferguson?  And Mrs. Towns as well?  
We live in a nation that allows us the luxury of a grand jury.  OUR peers,  I repeat...OUR... peers could not find enough evidence to even consider a trial for Officer Wilson.  And if they had, there still wouldn't be any justification for the violence that would have ensued with that decision.  
And to the violent Ferguson protesters, 
How can you justify the behavior?  How can you justify the lessons that were taught to your children in your community over the last few days?  How did you explain the burning buildings, the violence?  
I am upset by the amount of ignorance that we have resorted to as a state.  
It isn't just the black side of this coin, but the white side too.  The hateful extremists who use it as an example to sit back with their disgusting opinions on another race.  Uneducated and deliberately ignorant people who are using it as a soapbox to fuel their propaganda.  
Racial profiling, sexism and stereotyping happen on a daily basis.   I get it.  But it doesn't just happen in black communities.  It happens every time you step on a plane now, it happens every time you drive through a reservation, every time a woman shows up in an emergency room with her face rearranged by her abusive husband and every time we see a same sex couple holding hands...it happens every single day in this country.  And it isn't just white people who do it. It is our entire nation.  
I don't believe the entire community of Ferguson supports the violence.  I can't.  
The race baiting should stop, and it should stop with the residents.  The media fueled it, and the black reporters were just as guilty of it as the white ones.  
I don't believe that every person in Ferguson is racist, nor believes that this was a hate crime. 
The sad part is that freedom of speech and the right to protest have now been tainted and turned in to something ugly and violent.  Anyone who would dare stand up and support you, yet disagree with the behavior will now be afraid to do it.  The story for the history books is being written, and sadly, innocent PEOPLE, were caught in the crossfire.  
I have faith in the residents of Ferguson, no matter what their color or nationality is. I have faith that there are residents who will stand up and help rebuild a community that greatly needs love and support, and that those residents will prevail and teach their youth that race baiting is not the answer. 
Stop the violence.  
Because in the end, the only ones watching that are being affected are the children of our future.    
My child, and yours.  
Martin Luther King's words have been twisted and contorted to fuel agenda in all of this, and that may be the biggest crime of all.  Because he was a beautiful man who stood for equality and love and peace.  I'll leave you with a quote that cannot be twisted or taken out of context.
Cowardice asks the question - is it safe?
Expediency asks the question - is it politic?
Vanity asks the question - is it popular?
But conscience asks the question - is it right?
And there comes a time when one must take a position
that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular;
but one must take it because it is right.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


I will provide you with a link to another blog that has links to help the community of Ferguson.  No matter your beliefs.  There are shelters, churches and food banks that are in need of help, whether it be financial or by donation of goods.  


There is also crisis counseling available to those who are in need of it.  You can visit the link here.  The website reports that it is being provided by the county.  
"For immediate mental health assistance contact the St. Louis County Youth Connection Helpline at 314-628-2929. The Helpline is staffed by mental health professionals 24 hours a day, seven days a week."




   









  


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