The people in Ferguson seem to be upset

What the hell is it that makes them so angry?
Were they expecting anything different from the grand jury?
In a brief conversation with a fellow in the afternoon he asked me if I would feel the same if it had been a black cop shooting and killing a white teenager? I replied “Hell yes!”
For me this is not about race. This is about a cop shooting and killing an unarmed teenager.
Later in the day I was at an American Legion here in Florida. The place was occupied by cigarette smoking, beer drinking veterans and their spouses. The television came on with talk of the Ferguson grand jury decision coming soon.
As I had already decided the cop would not be indicted, a quick look around the room convinced me this crowd would be cheering the results.
For a moment I thought back to many years ago when I had been in a room full of blacks and the OJ verdict had been announced. At that time I personally silently shook my head in disgust with the American judicial system. One or two young black ladies let out cheers but most of the room was silent.
Since that day there have been other verdicts that makes one wonder. The Casey Anthony trial and the Travon Martin case are two that come to mind.
Those cases and last night’s decision enforce my feelings that we are a long way from being “One nation under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all”.
The rioting and looting by the oppressed masses will continue until a time comes when the grizzled veterans in the legions join hands with the urban victims of police brutality and demand equal justice for all.
The divide and conquer policy of the plutocrats continues to wield its ugly power over the masses, and that continues to be a shame.


One thought on “The people in Ferguson seem to be upset

  1. Ferguson is certainly a racial issue, but I think it’s a lot broader issue. The US government’s decision to sell military equipment to local police departments and schools is the only real comment we need on where the law stands on Ferguson and other civil protests. President Barack Obama has ordered a comprehensive review of the government’s decade-old strategy (since 9/11) of outfitting local police departments with military-grade body armor, mine-resistant trucks, silencers and automatic rifles, but it’s doubtful anything will change. God help us if the GOP get in 2016.

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