What is going on with Ferguson county? Yesterday marked the one-year anniversary of Michael Brown’s death and a peaceful demonstration by 200 attendees breaks out into heated arguments and violence looking exactly like last year’s violence! The violence started after the police shot an African-American man whose name has been released as Tyrone Harris Jr. who is being held on a $250,000 cash-only bail bond. In a telephone interview Monday, Tyrone Harris Sr., who identified himself as Harris’s father, said that two girls who were with the younger Harris before he got shot said he didn’t have a gun. The police is claiming that they heard 40-50 shots from the group Tyrone Harris Jr. was around.
Dozens of people were arrested today in Ferguson. “The recent acts of violence will not be tolerated in a community that has worked so tirelessly over the last year to rebuild and become stronger,” Steve Stenger, the county executive, said in a statement. “The time and investment in Ferguson and Dellwood will not be destroyed by a few that wish to violate the rights of others.” Today, the office of Robert P. McCulloch, the St. Louis County prosecuting attorney, charged Tyrone Harris, 18, with 10 counts of assaulting law enforcement, shooting at a motor vehicle and armed criminal action as a result of this incident.
I think Ferguson has not healed like a lot of communities across America. Time goes by and people continue what they are doing but they never have a serious conversation about the real issues which causes situations like Ferguson! Racial hatred is growing in alarming numbers across America and people of color are even in more doubt of law enforcement these days. When an African-American mother has to train her kids to never question the police and say nothing so they can get home safely than we have a problem! When race and skin color has to be reminded to your children everyday, we have a problem! We don’t live in a green and purple world! We live a diverse country with different shades and cultures! Until we can sit down and have a real life conversation on race than we should plan on seeing more uprisings like Ferguson! We need all of community leaders, government leaders, church leaders, and of course our civil rights leaders to all come to the table with the communities that they service and have real conversations!
Racism and hate is real! Just look at South Carolina; another example of sweeping it under the rug! I have not heard much about Dylan Roof since the victim’s families forgave him! Again, the media and government should be communicating regular updates on him and letting us know that they are seeking justice for those victims. I even think President Obama need to be addressing these racial issues across the nation. If you think racism doesn’t exist than you are in denial! I believe we each should be held accountable for our actions; I don’t support anyone burning down communities to make a point or shooting at another human being to solve an issue! Besides demonstrations, we need to see more people of color siting on city councils across this country, voting more in local elections, and running for city council positions to really see the needed changes. We also need to have children of color realize that they are equal to anyone else and that they should not feel any lower because of their skin color, hair texture, or where they come from! Ferguson is one example of you can’t just try to sweep things under the rug and move on!