I realize that in today’s atmosphere it is not prudent to speak out against any issue which is politically correct. However, I must take exception Rose Nolen’s column on Saturday Aug. 23, 2014, “Adding it up in Ferguson.” That article must be a product of the new math we have all heard about for the last several decades. Her first full paragraph points to the conclusion that “the young Mr. Brown was murdered.” That statement reflects the lynch mob mentality we have witnessed in Ferguson for the past two weeks. What happened to due process, innocent until proven guilty? Isn’t it that what all Americans are promised by the law” No one has the facts yet. No credible witness has spoken out. Shouldn’t we wait until the justice system, sans Eric Holder’s statements, has spoken? Mr. holder was out of bounds.
Once Al Sharpton and his minions imported from other cities and states for demonstration purposes left Ferguson, we finally have reasonable and peaceful demonstrations without violence. We can wallow in the past mistakes this country made or we can go beyond that time in history and work together toward a common goal. After all, we are perhaps the only nation in the world to abolish slavery. That includes Africa and the Middle East.
If you wish to address respect, then let’s do that. With rights come responsibility. No one has ever respected a bully. We are all responsible for our actions. Black, white, yellow and brown. Unfortunately, some people have forgotten that. The younger generation lacks respect for authority and they lack critical thinking skills. We are in trouble if those qualities are not in play. It’s all about “me.” Our country was founded as a Republic. Then, it went from a Republic to a Democratic Republic. Now it is almost a pure Democracy. A pure Democracy results in chaos (a state of utter confusion). Does that sound familiar? I challenge all who read this to check their dictionary for the terms mentioned in this paragraph. If you can find an accurate history book, check that as well.
What does the statement “When we are pitted against each other we come out as equals” mean? Do we have to be at odds with one another to be equal? What happened to all of us working towards a common goal of being Americans. We are fractured if we do not strive to realize that goal. There will never be a common bond among us if we are pitted against one another. Another challenge, what does it mean to be an American?
This issue is not about race. It is about behavior. The behavior of Mr. Brown and the demonstrations and the officer. Let the justice system decide without interference from the outside. Sad to say, it may be too late for that. The decision seems to have already been made.