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    Posted August 19, 2014 by
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    Black Lives Matter protests (2014)

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    Protests, Riots and Looting…The Solution to Civil Unrest?


    The people of Ferguson, Missouri are angry about the lethal shooting of Michael Brown by a local police officer. So angry in fact that the people have come together to protest the treatment of black people by the police.


    While there have been many peaceful protests, there have also been some violent and even criminal responses to the shooting. These criminal responses include shootings, throwing objects at police and looting local businesses.


    In response to the criminal activity, the police have mounted an almost army like response. This response has sparked a lot of criticism and seems to have inflamed the situation in Ferguson.


    All that being said, the story became less about the actual circumstances of the shooting of Michael Brown and more about the distrust that seems to exist between black communities and the police.


    So…are these protests helping the situation? When this is all said and done will it affect the change the people are hoping for between the police and this black community?


    I am inclined to think it will not. I am of the belief that this situation just creates more tension between the races and will not result in the change that would find the police being more equitable in their treatment of the different races.


    I suppose if the protests had remained peaceful it would have brought the right amount of attention to the issue and could have opened the debate on the issue. From reports on television, the protesting is peaceful during the day but seems to turn ugly once the sun goes down.


    Some are suggesting that many of the troublemakers are outsiders that are capitalizing on this community’s grief and frustration to gain attention for themselves and steal from the community.


    Again, does this help the situation or does it just solidify the stereotypes that persist about young black men, about the police, about how whites and blacks feel about each other?


    I figure this will end in the town of Ferguson being ravaged and not much else…hope I am wrong and this tragedy sparks positive change.

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