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Beheading…you can not negotiate with Barbarians

You can not negotiate with anyone who would behead a human being. James Foley did not deserve to die this way. The act alone let’s you know that you are dealing with someone devoid of humanity. To post the act on http://www.youtube.com only makes the act more heinous. You can’t negotiate with terrorists and these people have shown us they have no mercy, and we have to show them we have none toward them.

You’re going to know her name-Mo’ne Davis, on Sports Illustrated cover

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Someone you should know.

Does Ferguson showcase the generational division in the black community?

Who is leading the young people in the black community? As we watch the conflict in Ferguson we see young people willing to risk tear gas to get their point across. To these young people Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton are icons from the past. They are not really relevant figures to the young people. This is the social media generation. They are more comfortable texting than listening to leaders from the past recite rhymes or platitudes. So where do we go from here? What is victory? Will an arrest quell the violence? Since an arrest is not imminent will the unrest simply go on unchecked? No it won’t. The city has to return to normal. People have to go work, children have to go back to school. This has to come to an end, and it will, it will be interesting to see how it ends.

What should the President say about Ferguson?

Has the president said enough about Ferguson? Today black and white pundits are saying that the president simply did not say enough yesterday. The president took a measured approach at his press conference yesterday, but should he have said more, and if so what? Is he damned either way? Share your thoughts.

Is the Press a problem for Ferguson?

Michael Brown’s death is a tragedy. We need to find out the facts and then we will know what the next steps should be, but is the excessive press presence hurting or helping Ferguson? Does the presence of the press lead to more information or does it lead to more mis-information? Share your thoughts.

Is this what civil unrest looks like?

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Civil unrest and criminality are not the same thing


Yesterday the name of the police officer who killed Michael Brown was released. The video tape shown above was also released. The tape according the police shows Michael Brown stealing cigars prior to his death. So how does this relate to the shooting of Brown? Does it show that he was a bad guy? It might, but was the stealing of cigars worthy of a death sentence? No. Last night there was more looting in Ferguson and that does not help the situation. Criminal behavior will not yield positive results. The police are being very careful, but their patience will only last for a season. Business owners are now taking arms to protect their businesses and who can blame them? Earlier this morning I heard a reporter say he saw two looters carrying an industrial saw to their car. What does this theft have to do with Brown? Nothing. This is criminal behavior not civil unrest. They are not the same thing.

Unarmed black man or unharmed black teen…it makes a difference

While watching the CBS Evening News I heard the anchor refer to Michael Brown as an unarmed black man. The term stopped me. I actually used it in an earlier post, but was Michael Brown a man? He was a teenager. He was a boy with a future that was violently destroyed last Saturday, but when you think of teen you realize this was a conflict between a man and a boy. It’s easier to accept the situation if you view Brown as a man, but an eighteen year old is not a man. It is interesting how black males are frequently given labels that the majority find appropriate for the time. My grandfather was called a boy for most of his life. He was the patriarch of our family, a respected deacon in his church and a boy on his job. Big Papa was a man but he was not called man until he was close to the end of his life. How Brown is defined makes a difference. If you see him as a boy you will view the conflict as a fight between a man and a boy and that is rarely a fair fight.

Is the president responsible for the looting in St. Louis?

This morning I decided to watch Fox and Friends, and they did not disappoint. They were interviewing some no name ex-DC cop. He was giving his take on the looting in St. Louis. I was actually waiting to see how could they possibly make a connection between the looting and the president, and the cop did it. He said that most of the people doing the looting and the rioting probably voted for the president and since there is big unemployment in the community they are frustrated, and that is in fact the president’s problem. Now part of his statement is true. The president did receive the majority of the black vote, but frustration does not turn you into a criminal. Frustation might breed apathy and maybe contempt, but it does not make good people commit criminal acts. The reality is the riots are not the fault of the White House. Everything is not President Obama’s fault, but for some folks everything is a reason to attack him, but if something good happens it happened in spite of him.

No Excuse for Looting in St. Louis…None

An unarmed black man Michael Brown was killed by the police in a St. Louis suburb. This is a tragedy and it is being investigated, but his death does not give license to lawlessness. Breaking into stores and stealing is not an act of protest it is a crime. A few minutes ago I saw a woman appearing on CNN talking about the frustration of the community, but that is not an excuse for looting the stores that actually serve the community. We do a disservice to the victim when we attempt to justify criminal behavior.

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