On Sunday evening, there were acts of civil unrest in Ferguson, Missouri. These disturbances were in response to the killing of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, who was shot multiple times by a police officer and whose body was left laying in the street for several hours. Witnesses to the event reported that Michael was shot without reason. The officer apparently shot him many more times once his body was on the ground. The police, have as expected, concocted a wildly ridiculous story to cover up the misdeeds of one of their own.First, I want to say RIP Michael Brown. You were taken too soon, and I sincerely wish horrific, bloody vengeance upon the waste of skin who killed you.
In response to the civil unrest, the commentariot class issues the 1) requisite condemnation of the "rioters" and 2) acts as though there is some great mystery for why people would take to the streets, "confront" the police, and "loot" businesses in their own community.
And of course, there will be an obligatory quote from Brother Doctor King that is taken out of context in order to condemn the "bad blacks" in Ferguson, Missouri.
The pressure to follow this public script is especially heavy for black and brown people.
I choose to deviate from those trite rhetorical norms.
Black people are not allowed to be angry. Black people are also not allowed to show the full range of righteous anger and indignation that is common to the human experience.
The outbreak of unrest in Ferguson was predictable and understandable. In fact, I am surprised that more communities which have been subjected to onerous, tyrannical, racist, classist, violent abuse by the police do not erupt in protest. (Source)
Secondly, I want to say, "WTF, Missouri???" Eric Garner ain't cold in his grave and some pig had to sent Michael Brown to join him - the fuck???
I don't support the death penalty, but I think we should make an exception in the case of cops. They violate their oaths to protect and serve, they abuse their power while hiding behind a badge, and just when I thought my opinion of them couldn't get any lower, this had to go and happen.
Last but not least, I want to give a shout-out to BrothaWolf who put into words something which I think most POC are thinking in America today.
For those who are turning around and condemning the rioters of Missouri, understand this: if the law does not respect the people, the people will not respect the law.