Not the sort of thing I wanted to write about, but some comment is required IMHO.
‘Sundown towns’ were once widespread throughout the South, which required non-whites to NOT BE PRESENT after dark. Very Jim Crow. And this is Missouri, not Alabama! Ya could’ve fooled me!
The apparent Police execution of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown 9 days ago precipitated this unrest, but clearly, trouble between the nearly all-white police force and the 2/3 African-American residents has been brewing for a long time.
The St. Louis suburb’s PD and Mayor and the Missouri Governor (ironically named Nixon) have handled this crisis in the worst possible way. The ludicrous over-militarised police force (another issue which requires address) very nearly caused a violent general uprising amongst the citizens. Tanks, APC’s and other ‘over the top’ military hardware and firepower trained on citizens can NOT be justified. Cops in camos with automatic weapons likewise is just the OPPOSITE of what is required to de-escalate the situation.
Only the standing down of the local PD and handoff of policing duties to the State Highway Patrol, under the command of local resident Capt. Ron Johnson prevented the whole thing from going up like a bomb around last Wednesday. Johnson has spoken and behaved in exemplary fashion…
Then a curfew was enacted this last weekend and now the Missouri National Guard has been called in…
Sheesh! SOMETHING’S GOT TO CHANGE! and SOON!
Hey, you know something people? I’m not black, but there’s a whole lots a times I wish I could say I’m not white.
— Frank Zappa
‘AMEN’ to that!