Being That Guy

Sometimes I *am* that guy on facebook

Take the excruciaiting social event known as #MikeBrown / #Ferguson

Everyone has an opinion, but most people don’t have time to read all the facts….

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shooting_of_Michael_Brown

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:Shooting_of_Michael_Brown

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Protests_and_unrest_in_Ferguson,_Missouri_(2014)

So they say things incendiary things on facebook and then I become “that guy” who tries to correct them without coming off like a total a-hole.

EXAMPLE:

My friend writes (on facebook):  “Support. Children should not have to miss school so a just and fair investigation into a killing can take place. A killing that if due process was being followed would not have occurred. Due process should just happen. Period. No more excuses. We need to work harder to protect all community members’ basic rights, their lives. If peaceful people are protesting in the street despite the threat of physical harm, it is because those basic rights have been violated repeatedly and the camel’s back has been broken. It’s not one incident, it’s a broken system that does not represent the community it serves in their neighborhood and in our country. Yes, unfair and unjust things happen to white people too, but they happen more often to people of color and they get justice less often. So, to be clear, I stand for mothers who want the best for their children and who’s children deserve it. 6 bullets. And those are just the ones that connected. I’m outraged. I can not tell you what I would do if someone put 6 bullets in my baby, especially someone who is supposed to protect her. It’s shameful and hateful. LINK TO “Here’s How You Can Help Kids In Ferguson Who Don’t Have Food Now That School’s Closed
I reply: people shouldn’t loot their own neighborhood.

Someone else says: In regards to the looting comment, manifesting the outrage these individuals feel, is inevitable. There is no pardon for looting of course, however letting out anger on materialistic things rather that human lives, as the cops are doing, seems much more condemnable. Needless to say, mentioning looting to take away attention to the matter at hand, is dissapointing.
Here is a link to what the media is not covering in terms of the situation of looters. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/16/ferguson-protesters-guard-stores_n_5684042.html 

I reply:  In addition to burning down a QuikTrip gas station, the most militant protesters have thrown rocks, glass, and Molotov cocktails at police. In the name of “justice” the mob defies the legal processes and takes the law into their own hands… where have you heard THAT before? Several police (aka human lives) were injured in the line of duty. no wonder the police are wearing riot gear They clear the streets at night to protect the peaceful citizens (and peaceful protesters) of Ferguson. Not trying to be “that guy” on facebook, but I bristle a little when people imply that it is police officers’ fault that little susie can’t go to school tomorrow. If there hadn’t been looting and burning of 16 stores on Sunday Aug 10, and if the violent protestors (most of them are not violent, but I am saying, if the VIOLENT ONES) hadn’t terrorized their neighborhood and the law enforcement, then school wouldn’t be cancelled. It takes two to create a war zone in the middle of Ferguson. I do hope for justice in Mike Brown’s case, but I don’t blame the entire police department for the melee in the streets. Peace.

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  1. Here’s another one: Hope in the Cities (https://www.facebook.com/hopeinthecities) posts a story on fb: “Important that the Washington Post has picked up this story. http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/storyline/wp/2014/09/02/former-capital-of-the-confederacys-all-out-plan-to-fight-poverty-and-confront-its-past/” [The story is part of Richmond: The legacy of poverty, an ongoing Storyline series on the city’s ambitious plan to combat poverty and confront its past. Quotes include “Richmond’s poverty rate is about 10 percent higher than the nation’s. The poverty rate among its children is 40 percent, and children now make up at least one-third of all those living in poverty. The overall rate is slightly inflated by the subsistence living of college students, but Richmond’s poverty is otherwise a product of cumulative disinvestment. About 80 percent of the city’s poor live in neighborhoods where the poverty rate is at least 20 percent and more than half live in neighborhoods where the rate is at least 35 percent…” AND “Richmond is a city in the flush of reinvention. It is a college and government town finding its post-manufacturing identity in art and food, in young creatives and empty-nesters drawn to the splendor of the James River and the architectural beauty of its midtown neighborhoods. Its population topped 210,000 last year for the first time since 1986.” ]

    I reply with the only comment –> Any story that mentions Richmond’s poverty rate in the context of a “210K population” should not draw comparisons to national averages. The fact that they don’t mention Richmond’s 1972 annexation moratorium tells me WaPo’s poverty statistics are skewed. The fact is, the Greater Richmond Region (metropolitan statistical area, or MSA) with 1.1 million population compares well with other per capita incomes around the country. (Source: http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/cats/income_expenditures_poverty_wealth.html … ) The only reason Richmond looks especially poor on paper is that other cities have been able to annex their edge city developments ($$$) while RVA proper has had the same borders for 40 years. In other words, ALL CITIES have concentrated poverty in their inner core, and Richmond happens to be unable to redraw boundaries. While poverty is a sad reality that should be addressed everywhere, poverty is not unique to, or uniquely suffered in, “the former Capital of the Confederacy.”

    and then I go on to say… “Just in case anyone doubts me on this… when you look at the 28 metropolitan areas between 800K and 1.6M in population, Richmond is ricght smack in the middle, above Raleigh, Louisville, and Nashville–>
    MSA // POPULATION // PER CAPITA INCOME
    Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT MSA 901208 74767
    Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT MSA 1195998 50675
    New Haven-Milford, CT MSA 848006 47387
    Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA MSA 802983 45908
    Honolulu, HI MSA 907574 45496
    Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA MSA 849517 42982
    New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA MSA 1189981 42705
    Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI MSA 1559667 42303
    Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY MSA 857592 42206
    Worcester, MA MSA 803701 42021
    Richmond, VA MSA 1238187 41161
    Tulsa, OK MSA 929015 40402
    Jacksonville, FL MSA 1328144 39376
    Rochester, NY MSA 1035566 39036
    Oklahoma City, OK MSA 1227278 38742
    Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin, TN MSA 1582264 38656
    Birmingham-Hoover, AL MSA 1131070 38592
    Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ MSA 816012 38505
    Raleigh-Cary, NC MSA 1125827 38007
    Louisville-Jefferson County, KY-IN MSA 1258577 37688
    Memphis, TN-MS-AR MSA 1304926 37623
    Salt Lake City, UT MSA 1130293 37500
    Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY MSA 1123804 37469
    Albuquerque, NM MSA 857903 35329
    Dayton, OH MSA 835063 35251
    Tucson, AZ MSA 1020200 33833
    Fresno, CA MSA 915267 30646
    Bakersfield-Delano, CA MSA 807407 29630

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