Understanding Riots, Race and Ferguson

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Race relations and injustice in America as opposed to discrimination on a large scale around the world. Not everybody sees Blacks in the same understanding light as white-guilt ridden-Liberal America does. This article is open for discussions in a civil manner.

Death of a Black Teenager in Ferguson and Its Aftermath

A Black teenager gets shot and Ferguson, his home town is an uproar; in fact Ferguson has seen full scale rioting and looting for days now. Chicago has one of the highest crime rates, most of which is Black on Black. No riots occur here over multiple deaths and murders; no Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson show up here to protest! Why is the death of this particular teenager making such waves? There is an uproar because this particular Black Teenager was shot dead by a White Policeman! Race has once again taken precedence over death. Forgotten are billions of dollars spent in uplifting the community; forgotten are innumerable attempts at rectifying injustice of past years; forgotten are other programs of affirmative action to help Blacks rise and shine like the rest of America!

Race, Riots and Ferguson

Where is the outrage that needs to be in place when Blacks kill other Blacks?So why is this death more important than senseless murders in other parts of the country; why has this death seen full looting and rioting by Blacks; why do Blacks not riot when they shoot other Blacks; why don't so-called civil rights leaders like Sharpton and Jackson not speak when Black on Black crime is the highest in the communities like Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit and others. Why is this so? Simplest explanation is white guilt and its efforts to assuage all the injustices of the past. What Blacks don't realize is what they went through for a couple of centuries, is still present in other parts of the world; there is generational slavery very much alive in the world!

Discrimination of every kind in the World

There is discrimination of every kind: region, race, religion, color; economically, socially, socially. Injustice for Blacks at the hands of Whites maybe over, but injustice is still rampant throughout the world; there's mindless killing over religion (Christians in Islamic Lands of Pakistan, Iraq, Iran, Saudi Arabia etc); merely thinking leave alone desire for freedom (North Korea); culture (rapes and bride burning in India); honor killing (Islamic lands), and political purging in communist lands of China and Russia! For many in America, we do not look at Blacks in the same way as White Liberals in America do; most come here without baggage and have no guilt!

Out of America is Not so Pretty

Another reason is the sense of entitlement that communities in America especially minorities have adopted. When you you grow up with a sense of entitlement, you take whatever you want without actually having worked for it, you expect it, you feel violated when you don't get it and most of all it, entitlement allows you to wallow in your own sense of oh-poor-me! Out of America is a book by a Black Journalist, Keith B. Richburg who confronts Africa and finds out how good Blacks have it America! So far, not too many Blacks have chosen to leave America nor could they manage with minimum in other parts of the world, where candidly speaking, nobody cares! This is the land that coddles them, much to their own detriment because coddling does not allow you to stand up straight without support; coddling also prevents learning hard lessons of life and that nothing is free; somebody somewhere is picking up the tab for you! In short, riots in Ferguson are uncalled for; they are nothing but hooliganism under the pretext of race outrage. The process of investigation has to play out and the guilty brought to justice. There is no reason for Ferguson to burn more at the hands of looters, rioters and thugs.

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Blacks, Ferguson Looting, Race As A Social Construct, Race Relations In America, Race-Relations, White Guilt

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Background in Literature, Films and Homeopathy. Interests in Politics & Human Idiosyncrasies. Humor is essential. Personal Blog at: http://joyce-iamwhatiyam.blogspot.com

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
18th Aug 2014 (#)

Black poverty begets black on black crime. This is a race which existes largely in desperation, thanks to endemic, institutional racism that pervades this country. Blacks have a fraction of the assets of whites. Their unemployment rate is through the roof compared to whites. There is a simmering rage in the black community born of the way the race has been oppressed for centuries in this country. The " sense of entitlement" you accuse the race of having? What about the sense of entitlement of the one percent? What about white privilege. Do you think that doesn't exist.

I must admit - I will never understand the workings of the right wing brain.

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author avatar Joyce Singha
18th Aug 2014 (#)

It's the unnecessary coddling, that's what my beef is. Believe me, there are worse troubles around the world and not too many have been given the amount that Blacks have been. They need to step up, take responsibility and do well. If immigrants especially refugees who come without anything to this country, can start their lives again and not remain on the dole for their entire lives, so can Blacks. This is the understanding of a conservative brain, not right wing; a brain that believes in self-improvement, responsibility, accountability and quitting whining and doing. Maybe all the billions to Black 'civil rights' leaders could be used for something constructive. BTW, they too are part of 1% as are most rich Democrats. Of course white privilege is there, but WHAT about it? All non-whites face this. Thanks Mark. It's always nice to hear from Liberals :)

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author avatar Mariah
18th Aug 2014 (#)

Hi Joyce.. we are talking about a race, who as Steve has already stated, have suffered extreme persecution for centuries and there are still major prejudicial issues against the black race nastily simmering away in the present day.
Many have their civil rights violated purely because they are black...how would any of us feel if our son was unarmed and gunned down in the street whilst on his way home from buying some sweets to watch a ball game, and the so called law allowed his murderer to walk free with a smile on his face after a verdict of not guilty as due to self defence..and still it goes on young unarmed black people are being shot in cold blood because apparently there's no other way to deal with it is there!
These people have had enough, their is no law in their eyes, how could there be when it doesn't apply to them, to just shoot them down is the acceptable method of intervention in the eyes of trigger happy cops..who can blame them for fighting their cause in this way..if young Scots were being gunned down without due cause because they were Scottish, then let me tell you what is happening in Ferguson would look like a picnic in the park compared to how the people of Scotland would protest against that ..all people of all races have the right to the protected by the law, no exceptions and cold blooded murder is not part of that agenda.

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author avatar Joyce Singha
18th Aug 2014 (#)

Mariah, you've missed some points I was trying to highlight:
1. reaction of looting and rioting for days for Ferguson shooting, zero for other murders by blacks on blacks or others.
2. matter is being investigated; the cop in question is in hiding
3. sense of entitlement and violence and destruction.

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author avatar Joyce Singha
18th Aug 2014 (#)

Forgot to say thanks Mariah :)

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
18th Aug 2014 (#)

Here, Here...Mariah.
If I may add my two pennies worth ...I see it as this ..
If people are kicked down , like dogs , for long enough ,they might yelp and cower to begin with ...but , when opportunity arises for them to get up and better themselves the memories of past actions against them , with its hatred and bitterness , make them rise cautiously with bared teeth and a low growl, ( in some cases ) for fear of further attacks ...sadly there are those who have lorded it over them for so long ...they see this as offensive rather than a defensive stand ...and try to keep the upper hand with continued force ....even against those who do not want any conflict ever.
Jesus was asked the once .
' Who is my neighbour ? to which He told the story of the Good Samaritan ( a people hated by the Jews of His day ) who helped one of their fellow men when he was kicked down and robbed .
There will always be bad people in this world ,who do need to be brought to account ... but we must learn to be like the Good Samaritan , and help others no matter what colour their skin is , or their background to rise up with dignity and freedom that we all crave for .
Sorry for waffling on .
God bless you Joyce
Stella ><

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author avatar Joyce Singha
18th Aug 2014 (#)

Yes, that's exactly what's happening. Repression has turned into anger; for some it will not allow any movement forward. Thank you Stella. God bless.

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author avatar Retired
18th Aug 2014 (#)

There are a number of black on white crimes that are rarely reported, as well. I waited for President Obama (since he is also half white) to state that if he had an older brother, he'd look just like the elder white veteran who was beaten to death in New York by black youth not long after the Trayvon Martin melee.
Murder is murder. I believe all murders are hate crimes. How dare any of us call a murder of one human being "more important or significant" than the murder of another human being, based on skin color, gender, sexual preference, etc.
I understand generational rage, but I do not condone violent acts labeled "payback." Perhaps this is because I've spent a lifetime, through my career, in the company of African Americans, Hispanics, and Native Americans. They were and are my friends. They used education and counseling and compassion and accountability as their "weapons" -- in teaching, mentoring youth and families, in instilling in people that no one takes away our power as individuals.
Do some have it tougher than others? You bet your butt they do. People from all walks of life, race, gender, etc. Some choose the easy way out, give up, and stay bitter. Most that I know use their troubles to motivate change, to empower, to spread encouragement. And they do it every day, one good work at a time, and they take time to listen -- to listen. Something rare these days. And some get called horrible names by their own people, but they carry on, and they make one hell of a difference. May they never stop...

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author avatar Joyce Singha
18th Aug 2014 (#)

Thanks Susan. Good thoughts here. There should be some kind of time limit; it cannot go on forever, otherwise this will be never ending.

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author avatar A.M>CrewsAnita Crews
18th Aug 2014 (#)

I have friends of all racial backgrounds and the one thing we all agree on is that most whites today are not bigots! If the blacks would stop pushing us in a corner we do not belong in and accusing us of something we are not guilty of, there would be less bigotry! Having said that, murder happens every day in this country and if the victim had been white, you wouldn't know about it at all! If the victim had moved to the sidewalk out of the middle of the street as the officer asked him to, he would be alive today. However, that is no reason to shoot him! It's the tussle inside the car that is the mystery to me. Did the kid do something to the officer to enrage him? Even so, this does not excuse shooting an unarmed man. There is blame on both sides here.
If the Al Sharptons and the Jesse Jacksons of this world would mind their own business, this wouldn't have been a riot. I agree with the Mayor of St. Louis and Governor Nixon who told them to go home. They are always there inciting everyone to violence.
Again, Joyce thanks for a very good piece, keeping us aware of the world around us.

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author avatar Joyce Singha
18th Aug 2014 (#)

Thank you Anita. I talk to many people especially outside the country; many cannot believe how 'race' allows people to get way with things! There will always be atrocities in the world, that is the nature of the world. Much has been corrected and much will continue to improve.

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author avatar David LeFever
18th Aug 2014 (#)

This 18 year old black man was absolutely physically huge. After the killing he had been described as a "gentle giant" by friends. Then the police released a copy of the security camera video footage which showed how he had engaged in a strong armed robbery. The black lawyer for his family was calling this action "shoplifting" not robbery. But in the video one can clearly see how the 18 year old forced the stealing and pushed and intimidated and employee. This is a felony in the USA not a misdemeanor.

The friend who was in on the crime at the convenience store never mentioned the robbery when he initially told CNN news his eyewitness account of the killing of his friend by a police officer. He also mentioned that at least one of the shots fired by the policeman struck his friend from the back. The autopsy report that came out today concluded that six shots hit the teenager but they all came from the front meaning the officer did not shoot at the youth while his back was turned. This directly conflicts with the statements of several witnesses.

Then there is the reported injuries to the police officer which is not being discussed yet. After the incident he was sent to a hospital for treatment. Hopefully, as in the Trayvon Martin case with regards to George Zimmerman, photos will be released showing the alleged injuries he suffered likely due to a struggle he had had with the 18 year old robber.

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author avatar Joyce Singha
18th Aug 2014 (#)

Thanks David. You're right, the matter is still being investigated. Condemning in the media is not going to help and speculation will lead nowhere. What needs to stop is the reaction of rioting and looting after specific killings, specific verdicts etc etc.

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author avatar M G Singh
18th Aug 2014 (#)

This is a nice post. Its acomplex subject, but you are right the whites are ridden witha guilt complex. Lets face it as John Wayne said, the black man never had it so good anywhere except in America.

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author avatar Joyce Singha
18th Aug 2014 (#)

Thanks Madan G but then Wayne was a white man! Author and Journalist quoted in the article above is a Black man; it would make more sense coming from a Black and I am of course not white so I can say it too :)

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
19th Aug 2014 (#)

Great article. I've read all the comments which were very good and all I can add is that I pray for humanity.

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author avatar Retired
19th Aug 2014 (#)

There is no racism in this country. We elected a black president, even the whipping boy, Bush, had a black female, Condi Rice, as Secretary of State. The list goes on about the equal treatment, opportunity, and progression of blacks and all races in America. The people who blame race on our fellow Americans are part of the problem. Racism does not go on in America, despite what the liberals say about it.

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author avatar Joyce Singha
20th Aug 2014 (#)

Thanks LeRain for stopping by and clearing this in no uncertain terms. BTW, this article got me slammed with being 'racist'!

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