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Ferguson: The Night After

First of all, thanks to everyone who read and shared my last post. I appreciate this, as the message behind it at least the way I see things is an important one. As for todays post: it will be a short one. I do not want to monopolize the tragedies that have occurred in Ferguson and use them to get attention, so unless situation dictates otherwise, starting tomorrow I will resume my usual blogging nonsense. But for today I feel the need to address the Ferguson Rioters. Shame on all of you who have partaken in this. You have made the death of Michael Brown about you and your anarchy, and not about the loss of life that took place months ago. Regardless of whether or not this particular shooting had anything to do with race, you have taken the voice away from all those who wished to peacefully demonstrate and call for real change. Your actions were more damaging to the world than that of the Officer who did the actual shooting, and for that you truly should be ashamed. No more needs to be said. I’m done.
Thanks for reading,
Paul Durante
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The Social conundrum that is Ferguson

I’m not thrilled to have to write this because honestly, I don’t know the facts of the case. But here’s the truth, the real truth. No one does. Well strike that. Two people. Mike Brown, and the officer that shot him. So this post will not be about who should or should not go to jail. Instead lets talk about what should happen tonight, because I know a whole hell of a lot of people in Illinois and Missouri who are afraid to leave their houses. First, I’m going to ask you to read this article with two principle truths. First: Regardless of what Michael Brown did or did not do, he should without a doubt still be alive today. Second, regardless of what tonight’s verdict reveals, nobody else should be hurt either. Ok with that out of the way lets continue.
The death of Michael Brown is a tragedy that, in light of public response cannot be forgotten, and that is exactly how it should be. Regardless of what he did or did not do that day all those months ago, he did not deserve to die for it, and now an entire segment of the population has yet another reason not to trust the police. It’s easy to side with protesters and rioters and those who have been hurt by this event, because indeed, the entire world has been hurt by the violent death of Michael Brown. Anytime an officer of the law has to use his or her weapon in the line of duty it is a tragedy, anytime a child is killed by a grown man with a gun, it is a travesty. This I think is something that most people can agree on. It doesn’t matter if Brown was a budding college student, or a pot smoking wannabe rapper, his life mattered, but now his family will be preparing one less spot at the dinner table this Thanksgiving, and that is tragic. There is an answer to this tragedy, though it is not one that our societies response has given.
Regardless of the intentions of Browns shooter, it is an undeniable truth that the African American population has been victimized by the same people whoa re supposed to be protecting. Unfortunately, racism exists everywhere. If you feel as though the response we have seen is an over blown ploy for justified anarchy, you are thinking foolishly. An entire race of our countries population is screaming outward to let the world know that they are in pain, and that they are afraid. Unfortunately, that pain and fear has given way to more pain and fear, and that is not ok.
Like I said, I know a lot of people who are afraid to leave their houses tonight. People have been hurt, and unfortunately, by the time the night is over that statement will most likely be all the more true. It easy to cry out for Michael Brown, in remembrance of him and everyone else who has been hurt seemingly because the color of their skin, but what is difficult is erasing stigma. America is saturated with social binaries, an “us and them”, mentality that divides us by gender, race, social class, and sexual orientation. If we are to end this binary, we need to do so with words, documents, speeches, litigation. We need to show the world that there is no difference between “us” or between “them”. The chaos that has ensued in Ferguson these past months is indicative of a grander problem that we will not able to end with violence. The world needs to understand that black people are not dangerous, and neither are white people. The danger comes from the believe that there is a difference between the two.
Thanks for Reading,
Paul Durante
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