The Don’t Shoot Coalition, a mix of radical far left grievance groups, they held a press conference yesterday and answered questions from concerned St. Louis residents.
The entire St. Louis region is on pins and needles waiting for the court to release their decision on the Mike Brown case. In August protesters looted and vandalized over 100 local businesses. These protests have cost the city of Ferguson $5.7 million dollars so far. The city and the police are burnout after three months of continued protests.
The protests have been 99.5 percent nonviolent. But we are also being purposefully militant and disruptive. Change has not come through the courts, through politics or through gentle persuasion. We cannot wait any longer for whole segments of our society to gain freedom from abuse. Civil disobedience exposes tensions that already exist below the surface. Our society will not heal if we do not address issues that many people want to keep buried.
Excerpt from the St Louis post-dispatch:
What good does it do to disrupt businesses and people’s lives, when these people are not part of the problem?
Your question does not reflect the whole picture. This involves all of us. It’s wrong to simply draw arbitrary boundaries around issues like fair policing, and decide that most folks are not involved. Many people — especially white folks — feel they can ignore the problem. People who benefit from or are not impacted by this unfair system have a duty to speak up and not be complicit. Ferguson has shifted the boundary line. It is not enough to say, “I’m not racist” just because you have suppressed your conscious biases. The protests are designed to make people feel uncomfortable and spur us all to end society’s structural biases.
Will you be happy (and go home) if Darren Wilson is indicted?
An indictment would be the first step in a long journey. But jury trials have been used before to put on a “show trial” that is destined to end in acquittal. So, we certainly aren’t putting all our eggs into one basket. The cause protesters are fighting for goes far beyond this one case. We are fighting for “No more Mike Browns.” That means an overhaul of the system — and many more battles till victory is achieved.
What will it take to make you stop, then?
We want justice. The Don’t Shoot Coalition has a list of recommended systemic reforms that includes effective civilian review, more state oversight, decertification of police departments, a revised Missouri racial profiling bill, a strengthened Police Officer Standards and Training Commission, and much more. But if you want to see the system work, take action to make it work. Don’t put the onus on the protesters. Your involvement makes the difference. If you want peace, work for justice.
Commentary: Will the weather play a factor in how many protesters pour out into the streets? Remember this is not a 90 degree sunny day in mid-august not only do the protesters have extreme weather to deal with they will also have municipal, county, state and national guard troops to contend with, they have been feverishly preparing to counter whatever the mob throws at them.
Photo by Robert Patrick of the Post-Dispatch
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