I don't post or share articles here all that often. When I post anything on a thread, I'm usually short and to the point. But I came across a post written by a friend of mine on Facebook regarding the current unrest in Ferguson following last night's Grand Jury decision. I know, how cheesy of me to share a Facebook post. But this really sums up what I (and no doubt others) are thinking about how some people are looking at this situation from the outside.
"I have seen many posts about Ferguson from the past 12 hours or so, ranging in varying degree about where they stand, most mourning the loss of life, but a sadly noticeable trend I see is people (white people) chastising the rioters for committing acts of violence (mostly towards objects and goods with only economic value mind you), or wondering why they are destroying their own community because it does only harm to themselves - a few have even thrown around the words "savages" and "animals" (thankfully not most).
These sentiments, if not hypocritical (did you also chastise the police officer who used deadly force when other non-lethal means exist? Yet this damage to non-life is enough of an affront to you?), are a bit misguided. Sure, riots in your own town - your own community (one that has repeatedly let you down and disproportionately represents you, mind) - may not be the best course of action. Unless you live there though, you don't really know; unless you are a person of color or are willing to look beyond the scope of your own perspective, you don't fully understand how the system we as a country live in still permeates with the air of racism. people are very hurt, very angry, it is common human reaction to lash out in these instances, and it is very easy to judge when you are not affected by any of this.
I don't condone rioting in itself, especially in this case if it includes destroying property and businesses owned by black people who are hurt and angry right next to you - but I certainly do not chastise, belittle, or think I know better than they do about their own community - I am fairly certain if I lived somewhere that ignored my humanity, I would be pissed off and do some things I may later regret, but that would be my world that I live in and your armchair judgments of a place far from you (and not just physically) is arrogant. America in itself is a country that uses violence abroad to get what it wants, so is it a surprise that American people would do the same thing?
I just want people to think a little more about the country we currently live in, the systemic trends that exist, our culture and our history, before reprimanding humans who it seems you know very little about. And if you can't think about that stuff, cause you don't know anything about it, Google is your friend, and there are a myriad of articles coming out hourly that can help you out."