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The Light Inside the Ferguson Darkness

Untold stories of courage amid the chaos.

by
Janine Turner

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August 21, 2014 - 10:00 am
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Tragedy has befallen Ferguson, Missouri. It is the type of incident that tests the resiliency of a republic, the cohesiveness of a community, and the laws of justice. The ensuing protests, after the fatal altercation between Michael Brown and Officer Darren Wilson, exhibit the intricate balancing act of First Amendment rights — freedom of speech and the right to peaceably assembly — that takes place under terrible stresses.

A blazing spotlight is shining on Ferguson’s predicament — maintaining safety amongst protesters that range from peaceful, concerned citizens to egocentric agitators.

Meanwhile, a mother and father have lost a son.

Images blast into American living rooms that reveal swirls of tear gas and shrills of angry protestors mixing with the urgent, deep-throated commands of police officers fervently straddling the gulf of freedom and mob mentality.

Passions and pursuits for justice drive the fervent desires to find meaning to the devastation that has encompassed a family and a community. Complicating this process are the many protesters who have besieged Ferguson with their own agendas. They are frustrating many in the community. As they stir up trouble, they consequentially hinder recovery, reason and relief.

Josh Levs of CNN reported the frustrations: “‘We don’t need these antagonizers out here,’ said protester Jerrell Bourrage, who said he grabbed a bottle-hurling demonstrator and told him to stop. ‘We need people who can stand out here to the side and still let your word be known.’”

In such darkness, however, it is worth noting that goodness always permeates evil and this is taking place in Ferguson. Amongst the throngs of pulsating tempers, a beacon of light prevails. Many level-headed members of the Ferguson community walked in front of the masses Monday night attempting to temper the crowd and keep the peace. Heroically these men and women fought to maintain dignity for themselves and their community in the midst of tumult by trying to speak reason to the lawless instigators. They sought a peaceful assembly.

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Of course the parents need some empathy for this tragedy but that had to know he was a thug with his juvy record. You have to ask yourself what did they think was going to happen if his behavior continued? This police officer, protecting their community, from the likes of their son, lives on but he will have to give up his job and move far far away. This is the narrative that the media wants people to believe--gentle giant murdered by white cop. Well I hope the gentle giant doesn't come to their home. Or maybe I do. The message from all this is loud and clear. Don't try and stop me when I come to your neighborhood or I will get more thugs to tear the place up. You can't touch me I am in a protected class.
16 weeks ago
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I do not understand why there is rioting and mayhem in Ferguson. Even if Officer Wilson had shot Brown in cold blood - which he hadn't - why the rioting?
16 weeks ago
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I wouldn't waste much time trying to find some empathy with the parents of Brown or the residents of Ferguson. Slowly, but inexorably the narrative in Ferguson is changing; we were first told that a "Black Child" had been gunned down in Missouri. Then we find out that this "Black Child" is a 6'4" 292 pound hulking giant of a man. Then we're told that Brown was just innocently walking down the street and was confronted by Officer Wilson; and so we find out that Brown and his companion had just come from a strong arm robbery THEY COMMITTED. Other parts of the narrative are changing; he wasn't shot in the back, he wasn't surrendering with his hands up and he was using drugs. More information comes out that Officer Wilson had been badly beaten by Brown. So yeah, the residents of Ferguson are trying to sweep their phony anger and rage under the rug and cleaning up the broken glass and rubble from destroyed businesses is one way for them to do so. The Grand Jury is now looking at the evidence; they say it might take a couple of months to come up with a conclusion. I think it would be a safe bet to say that Officer Wilson will NOT be indicted. He will, however, suffer for the rest of his life from the attack on him by the race baiters.
16 weeks ago
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And Ferguson citizens will have to pay high insurance rates for a lifetime. What win-win situation! Geniuses! /sarc
16 weeks ago
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There are still men and women of goodwill out there. The news just doesn't like to report on them. It's not enough to be a decent person looking out for your neighbors and your town. No tragedy is complete unless you've started a non-profit to "raise awareness" about whatever happened to you. Unless you become a full-time, exhibitionist, do-gooder, the newsies don't want to hear about you. In our culture, the Activist is king. Never mind the people who deal with stuff like this and then get on with their lives.

Plenty of decent people in Ferguson. I hope somebody focuses more attention on them.
16 weeks ago
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The Pro-Regressive media, Jackson, Sharpton, and our fearless leader Barry the Horrible are doing more damage to black Americans than anyone has ever done since the Arabs started selling West African slaves to the Portuguese ... Think of this: by feeding the flames of conflict for their own selfish purposes the media helps to fix in the minds of simple people that Michael Brown represents ALL BLACKS and that ALL BLACKS are like him or at least sympathetic to that kind of behavior. In the same manner they have been pressing the issues of illegal Mexican immigration to the point that -- no matter how legal a Mexican American is -- he or she will be always suspect of carrying a forged ID and will have to struggle to be accepted as a decent citizen. From now on every black youth dressed in the manner of Michael Brown will be suspicious no matter how many times they repeat the mantra of "police profiling" etc. This is a clever way to tag those "undesirables" that survived the abortion mills in the ghetto. But the evil genius of the Liberal Pro-Regressive media is to make their victims believe they are among friends when in reality they are among bitter enemies and traitors. Margaret Sanger (an egregious Democrat and a friend of Adolph Hitler) considered blacks and brown-skinned people "undesirables" that had to be driven into extinction. One cannot but marvel at the sinister efficiency of the Media, Hollywood, and creeps like Sharpton and Jackson to carry out the program of black America's self extermination.
16 weeks ago
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Why all this empathy for the mother and father?

The kid was a thug and brought his demise on himself.

100% of the empathy should go toward the police officer, whose life is now ruined by race baiting demagogues and the media (but I shouldn't repeat myself).

Unless of course, a lone 26-year old police officer with no negative citations whatsoever callously executed with SIX shots a harmless black man who was surrendering to him with his hands high in broad daylight in front of dozens of witnesses......like happens, you know, all the time.
16 weeks ago
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I understand any empathy for parents who've had a child gunned down but it's not like they raised a decent kid. They had 18 years to do so and they failed that 18 yr. old more than society did. How can you raise a son and not know he was the type of person to ruthlessly strong-arm a store in broad daylight with an unbelievable bravado and arrogance? Where did that come from? Wh_tey?
16 weeks ago
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Ferguson is an opportunity for race baiting white hating poverty pimps like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson to make money off the body off a dead man. Nothing less.
16 weeks ago
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I think black people have been on to those two for a while. Every incident they poke their noses into, people seem to be less eager for them to participate.
16 weeks ago
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There is hope. Imagine if Jackson would have been elected President when he run for office years ago.
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