Maybe, just maybe some goodness will happen from the lessons parents can teach their children and adults can share with one another about what is happening in Ferguson, Mo.; there are many lessons I can see from it, but I will stick with just three to keep the post somewhat… short (I know many will not read past this point and it is ok).
No 1: We all have bias on what one WANTS to believe when situations like what happened in Ferguson, Mo happen. Try to hold back your personal bias; do not jump to conclusions on what happened on hearsay from the media. By letting your emotions and bias take control of you, you may be the one who is the “racist” or the one seen as “hate filled” or a “bigot” or many other negative terms in which you are accusing others of being! If you have said or written these things of HATE… say you are sorry… it goes a long way! This goes for those that jumped to conclusions and helped make a situation worse by repeating the HATE that is really a HATE that lives within you and not from others!
Situations like the death of anyone does take time to figure out what happened. It is not like on T.V. and immediately within a 30 min to an hour show; when the whole crime scene, motive is known and criminal charged and prosecuted. Witnesses lie, tell the truth, half truths and some who seen everything will say nothing at all or even have different perspectives and points of view! Allow the police and the justice system to do their job. More times than not, the first “story” is incorrect and there is MORE to it than what it appears! Stop jumping to conclusions based on your own bias of hate (and hate in this case seems to be hatred towards the color of someone’s skin or the police).
No 2: The people who try to make money off tragedy need to be labeled as what they are and not praised by anyone and called a leader. Adults need to educate their children about thieves like this. When their children become adults, thieves like this will appear all the time when there is a tragedy that the thief can benefit from! The thief will not be there when they cannot benefit.
Despite the misinformation campaign waged by the few, the majority of the USA sees through the fear message trying to be used in situations like what happen in Ferguson, MO. A select few try to make money off of a tragedy and take advantage of someone’s loss. They drum up a hate message that even if the facts of the case prove counter to why they are there, they will remain there trying to raise money for themselves; passing a hat. They are not leaders; they are thieves who take advantage of those in emotional stress and in time of need in which they use in order to profit from.
No 3: Communities, themselves, are the best defense against crime, mischief and outright criminal behavior.
As we seen, real leadership comes in many forms, shapes, ages and colors. Church leaders, community leaders, police leadership and so on all working toward the same goal… protection of the people and lawful obedience and order. Crime and disrespect towards authority (parents, teachers, police and so on) in any form tears down the fabric of the community. A strong armed robbery for a pack of cigars, vandalism, using drugs, truancy in school, fighting in school, cursing at your parents and so on does not make any community stronger.
It has taking a while but we are starting to see some of the community of Ferguson, Mo start to say enough is enough. This is not what we stand for, destroying our community is not the right answer; it only hurts us more. They are starting to realize, allowing outsiders to act independently and on their own agenda is taken away from a message they wanted to say even if the facts of the case may prove this situation was not what was drummed up to be; there still IS an issue that needs addressed. They have decided that they need to take their community back away from the Anarchist and those who just have HATE and nothing else in their veins.
Ok, I can add a whole lot more, but you get the point. Parents and adults have a good chance to teach their children very good lessons here. Many have already tried to teach their children to “watch out for the police because the color of their skin”, but do not tell their children that this may not have been the case in Ferguson, Mo. How about teach them the things above, now that more and more things are coming into the picture as to what happened? Are you continuing the lie or saying I was wrong, swallowing a little bit of your pride and teaching your children about obeying the law, not robbing people, being a good neighbor, not doing drugs, being respectful towards adults and so on? How about start taking pride in your community, your school and where you live and stop hating? Believe it or not, the world is NOT against you… more people love than hate in America if you would just open your eyes and ears to it and try to put your bias aside. But then again… maybe it is my bias from keeping me from seeing that it is the other way around. Living in a military community is a melting pot of people and you cannot help but be raised a certain way to love one another as God has love you. This is all I have known for almost 40 years. My neighborhood is a melting pot, but I know not everyone is as fortunate or may only choose to segregate themselves to only a one color neighborhood.
As always, Thanks for reading,