About the last few days’ events in Ferguson, Missouri.
WHAT A DIFFERENCE A DAY MAKES. August 15, 2014
I will stand by that statement whether we talk about recent events in Ferguson, MO following the police shooting of unarmed teen Mike Brown, which caused 5 days and counting of continuous protests, mostly non violent, or the recent Cliven Bundy ranch ‘Militia’ Showing, which had private citizens surrounding and pointing live ammo firearms at Government employees confronting Mr Bundy with back taxes… All of these incidences Overreactions of one sort of another.
In my humble, estimation, Violence opposing violence, solves nothing. Martin Luther King said of Nonviolent resistance: “Hate begets hate; violence begets violence; toughness begets a greater toughness. We must meet the forces of hate with the power of love… Our aim must never be to defeat or humiliate the white man, but to win his friendship and understanding.”
As we have seen in the past few days and in the words of various leaders, including the President both the People having a right to protest for ‘redress of grievances’ do NOT have the right to do violence or destruction, but neither do the Police have a right to overreact, throwing innocent bystanders and reporters, just doing their jobs in jail. “”There is never an excuse for violence against the police or for those who would use this tragedy as a cover for vandalism or looting. … There is also no excuse for police to use excessive force against peaceful protests or to throw protesters in jail.” (August 14, 2014)
The violence in separate acts leading up to and after the Bundy Ranch Affair of this year, present another view of overt violence in this nation, and the threat of such.
David C. Williams (“Mythic Meanings of the Second Amendent”) says of the Militia groups and others, (who, let’s be honest , live in a different America than I do), regarding ‘outgroups’ and others, “To disagree with the militia, … is to be outside the VOLK (my caps) .
I am only an observer as anyone else who blogs, sees and comments, in any social media, I am not a professional sociologist, philosopher, only a citizen trying to educate myself and learn from our People’s mistakes.