So what do we do now?
We have a tragic event in Ferguson where one American was killed by another. We have a tenacious multi-racial Grand Jury carefully selected to ensure the correct percentage representation of each race. After a lengthy deliberation where witnesses presented their testimony under oath, where forensic evidence was presented and where the police officer was interrogated, they concluded there was not enough evidence to indict the officer.
While some will disagree with this conclusion and process, the final determination whether this was proper is a function of the judicial system. Fortunately, the Brown family has some excellent legal expertise to assist in this effort.
This is how our system was designed to resolve justified anger. It is not perfect, but it is the best in the world.
However, a group mostly outsiders decided Third World anarchy was appropriate. In the end, as one commentator said, When its all over, what do you have? You dont have a resolution. You dont have businesses, tax revenue, jobs. You dont have people wanting to visit and spend money in the formerly unique town. You have an ash heap.
I dont doubt there were some underlying civil issues. And I found the police response, as reported, to be different than I thought it should be.
Further, I question the wisdom of releasing the findings at 9 p.m., which put the police at a disadvantage.
However, these could and should be corrected at the ballot box, by the legislative process, by reviewing and improving procedures, or by reporting to the plethora of activist civil rights organizations within the local, state and federal governments, which have more power than any demonstrator at Ferguson.
Reports show the demonstrations (destruction) would have occurred regardless of the outcome; that the demonstrators were bussed in from various locations and trained for action.
One has to ask whether this shooting was really the reason for all that happened, or an excuse for an outside group to raise havoc on the community, to burn, loot and destroy, while using peaceful demonstrators as a cover.
Justified anger has always been experienced in our society. Sometimes it is the tragic, senseless loss of a loved one, such as a high school pageant queen killed in gang crossfire.
Sometimes, it is a court ruling we know is wrong, possibly resulting in imprisonment of an innocent.
Should our society begin burning down homes and businesses when this happens? Or do we recognize that we have the most fair government and judicial system in the world. And while it is imperfect, there are safeguards. Therefore, shouldnt we respect it and work within it to address our grievances, correct problems, improve our community?
Lets stop viewing Americans in groups, allowing some to pit one against the other. Lets never forget we are all Americans who are blessed to live in the greatest country in the history of mankind. Lets remember that grievances can be resolved through peaceful processes, without destroying lives and property.
This, I believe, is what we should do now.
So what do we do now?