Posts Tagged Ferguson
Darren Wilson’s personal demons may have been what caused him to kill Mike Brown, but this is not over for him just because 9 people said so. There is a bigger spectre coming towards him now in the form of dark and very angry bad karma. Justice will not be denied in this case. Too many people have prayed. Too many people have poured their lives and love into making it happen.
No one can disagree that Wilson was afraid of Mike Brown. The grand jury evidence pouring into the public domain has shown that to the world. Yet eyewitnesses clearly disagree with points in his version of what happened. How does this not constitute a reason for a trial? One also has to ask the obvious question: Was race a factor in this decision? 9 white jurors, 3 black and only 9 votes needed for an indictment?
“The police say the officer shot Brown after the teen shoved the officer and tried to wrestle the officer’s gun from him. But a number of witnesses, including Johnson, refute those claims. And in the wake of the shooting, the Ferguson Police Department has asked the St. Louis County police to step in and take over the investigation ” -bold and italics mine-from August 12 http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/eyewitness-michael-brown-fatal-shooting-missouri
The system has not failed or succeeded in Ferguson. The system was misused. The improper, biased, and racially inequitable use of the system has now become the central subject for any thoughtful person. When people begin to ask how, why and by whom, the answers will finally lead to real change.
In a pivotal scene from the movie, The Devil Wears Prada, style powerhouse Miranda dresses Andy down for not caring that the fashion carefree blue sweater she wears is ultimately the result of decisions made by people in that room. Point taken, Andy changes both her perception of fashion and her behavior. The story then moves on in an entirely different direction.In the same manner, many of your immediate life/work choices are determined by decisions made in rooms mostly invisible to you. Decisions being made at higher levels of local and non-local government.
In the US we are seeing unbelievably huge problems in our cities, St Louis’ racial unrest, Detroit’s water wars, to name two. Cities, by their very nature, reap the concentrated effects of politics, economics, and social order from larger groups. Although felt only at immediate human levels by the people who live there, some of these problems are so big that the world is paying attention. The UN is denouncing Detroit’s social policies and Amnesty International is speaking out about policing in Ferguson.
It’s easy to become overwhelmed by the enormous scope of these events, yet it becomes easier to find solutions if you have a handle on their causes. Blogs, tweets, and social media sites are ways people are beginning to see connections between what goes on at the top and how that shakes out at the bottom. They have allowed us to see into the decision-making “rooms” of the powerful.
Instead of unfortunate apparel, the decisions made in these rooms design life and death experiences for the rest of us. Solutions can be swift though, once we perceive what is responsible for the problems. These perceptions can move us in entirely new directions as well, as we change things up for a much, much, better looking future.
My answer is in this quote from Walter Russel:
“The world divided unto itself–half master–half slave–cannot stand. There has never been any other kind of world. Call it lord and serf–conqueror and conquered-rich and poor–exploiter and exploited–privileged and underprivileged–or employer and employee–it makes no difference. All are master and slave when the interchange between the two is unbalanced.” “…people are watching for the approach of an enemy from outside our borders. The enemy may not come that way, nor may he need come with guns. The enemy is already here–in every country of the free world–and his stronger than guns armament is fanatical hate–deep hatred in the heart of the slave who has arisen to slay his master.” Walter Russell
The economic masters of the modern world are afraid. Afraid of the slaves. That means you and me because the answer to oppression is always liberation from oppression. That see-saw dynamic is played out everywhere, from Ferguson to Syria, Wall Street to Walmart. It may take centuries, it may take days but history proves this is true, over and over and over.
Seen through this clear perspective, one looks out on governments desperate to spy on and then control their own populations and sees one reason only, to maintain the status-quo. Have you ever stopped to think who really benefits from the way things are right now?
Call it the fatherland, the motherland, the homeland, doesn’t matter-all names for the same thing. We got it. We want to keep it. From Them. The war on terror will never end as long as those who “have” are terrified of those they took it away from.
Look behind the ebola propaganda and scare tactics and you will see continual and speedy attempts at building more infrastructures of power and control. Ask yourself again, who will really benefit from all that centralized power?
Hard questions. Hard answers. The truth will set you free, but first it may make you mad as hell.
Practical steps for every community to take to insure there is not a repeat of what happened to the Ferguson Community