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….
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.
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.