Monday, August 10, 2015

Ferguson looting

The name of my blog, reminds me that I sometimes do not know everything.  Hence the name 'crayonsandfingerpaints.com' However, I simply can't understand why there is looting and property damage as a way to remember the killing of a young man in Ferguson.
I don't believe this is the true face of the people of this city.  Is this a small gang who are taking the opportunity to have their fifteen minutes of fame?
Is this an unruly gang who simply use this as a means to validate their need to steal and destroy?
Where are the people of Ferguson who should be standing with their police force in objection to this violence?
Does this wrong cancel out the death of the young teen?  No, it simply makes the world look away in disgust.
You can't expect your city's police force to work alone against such hate and violence.  I personally think this is a time for the people of Ferguson to rise up against the looting and breaking of personal property.  It is people who own businesses who are suffering now.  This violence is taking money out of the pockets of the city of Ferguson.  This means the supply of goods will lower, the value of the city will lower, the people will live with fear of the next anniversary of this killing.
It is one thing to remember this young man, but not with this sort of violence.
Should our innocent police officers forever pay the price of what happened here?  There will be much fewer men and women who will put the uniform on if the fear of being a target for killing is the new norm.  Some of these people risk their lives each day to protect and serve.
Will the police look the other way when a black person commits a crime for fear of reprisal?  Perish the thought.
For every dirty cop there are many honest ones.  For every mistake a cop makes, there are many good calls that protect us.  For every bigot inspired filthy cop, there are many more cops who love their country and ALL the people in it that they have sworn to protect.  Imagine our lives without police.  Imagine our lives when we live in fear of an anniversary where looting and violence is expected on our main streets.  Our shop owners wake up to their business trashed and looted.  The streets littered with debris from an angry mob who perpetuate hate.
This is revenge and hate in it's ugly form.  Lives have been ruined and fear is being toted as the weapon of choice.  We overcome evil with good, not this looting.
Let the death of one young man serve as a reminder to love and forgive.  Let the word of God ring in our ears.
'If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.' 2 Chronicles 7:14
This is how to remember an unarmed young man who died.

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