Posts Tagged ‘Ferguson’

John Beckett ~ I’m Not OK With This

Here’s another thought-provoking post from John Beckett — this time discussing Michael Brown, Tamir Rice and Eric Garner. I have to say that I agree with him. This is a time for changing hearts, one heart at a time. That’s why I have largely opted to post stories of individuals connecting with other individuals, seeing beyond race, creed and color. Like John, I don’t hold high hopes for change through the venue of mass protests. They’re fine, so long as they don’t get co-opted to become an excuse for rolling out martial law; however, as he says in the comments section:

“I’m an engineer. If a design meets the specifications then it’s a good design. If it still doesn’t do what you want it to do, that’s a bad spec.

“The core problem of our society is bad specs – the wrong values and the wrong priorities.”

All the laws in the world won’t save us from ourselves. Until people learn to treat each other with respect and to respect themselves, we will continue to witness and experience abuse. Until we learn — as a culture — to see through media race baiting, and double standards that cut both ways, we will continue to view each other as Other and not worthy of respect or basic human decency.

In our own homes and in our communities we need to address poverty, food deserts, and learned helplessness. We need to teach people to fish instead of telling them they need to depend upon governmental fish. We need to create a culture of individuals who take responsibility for their own lives and their own communities so that we can decisively reject the encroaching Police State. We need to reclaim our education system, reinsert the Trivium and eject the Statist propaganda. We need to teach people — black, white, yellow, red, purple and green — to think and discern for themselves again. We need to address actual root issues, not put band-aids and happy stickers on top-down authoritative solutions.

I just typed “soulutions,” and that’s more like it. Soulutions aren’t quick or easy, but they’re thorough. Here’s John’s post.

Ferguson Protestors Guard Stores from Looters

Thanks again to Mitch for providing a counterbalance to all the negative, discouraging news from Ferguson. I’ve not really been following Ferguson much myself — just praying, chanting and creating beauty where I can. I appreciate these glimmers of awakening and change. Click here to see photographs, videos and tweets of Ferguson protestors guarding stores from looters and telling the looters to back off. Burning stores and destroying people’s livelihood does not bring justice. Kudos and blessings to those courageous souls stepping up in this time of crisis. May the awakening and calls to compassion and responsible change continue!