Friday, August 22, 2014

Two Narratives In The Ferguson Unrest That Don't Add Up

There have been two major [consensus] narratives going on in the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri following the shooting death of unarmed 19 year old Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson. 

The first narrative is that the residents of Ferguson have held peaceful protests, and it is only the outsiders who have been violent-in rhetoric and actions.  Many of the residents [and political representatives] of Ferguson have expressed anger at those outsiders saying they wish they would stay out.

I actually agree with that narrative, and it has been shown in the statistics of those arrested for looting and committing violence.  The overwhelming number of people arrested have been from outside of Ferguson, many outside of the St. Louis area, and some even out of state.

The second narrative is that the so-called militarization of the police is responsible for turning peaceful protests into violent criminality.  Huh!  I thought the residents of Ferguson have been peaceful and non-violent and it is only an outside criminal element that has participated in the violence and unrest. If the people of Ferguson have been peaceful and not participants in the "rioting", then how can the militarization of the police be responsible for actions the peaceful people of Ferguson have not committed?  Did the outside criminal element coming into Ferguson really need an excuse to do their damage?  

Then you have an actual "elected" Missouri State Senator, Jamilah Nasheed, who said: "If you should decide to not indict this police officer, the rioting we witnessed this past week will seem like a picnic compared to the havoc that will likely occur."  

In addition to the gross irresponsibility of such a statement, who will be doing the rioting she is talking about?  The, for the most part peaceful protesters of Ferguson, or the outside trouble makers who have been doing the lawlessness all along and shown they haven't needed any excuses to loot and do violence?

To me, there is a big disconnect between the two major narratives that have been expressed.  You can't say the people of Ferguson have been peacefully protesting and at the same time say the militarization of the police is the reason they haven't been peacefully protesting.   


Anonymous said...

Personally, think this right out of Saul Alinskey "RulesFor Radicals" And the pot be stirred up. Nudge, Poke and now starting to shove! Sad πŸ˜’πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ
Krissy in ATX

Big Mike said...

Very sad indeed Krissy.
Sad for our country and the future of America. Please make these next two years go fast.