National Guard Called On in Missouri

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National Guard Called On in Missouri
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Mon, 08-18-2014 - 8:28am

The Missouri National Guard has been deployed to help get the situation in Ferguson under control after protesting turned violent. Have you been watching the news coverage of this tragic situation? What are your thoughts about what has transpired.

Karla
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Registered: 05-09-2010
Mon, 08-18-2014 - 11:17am

I have been watching and it is indeed very tragic. Nobody wins here. A trouble youth was shot and killed by a (scared or angry-whichever he was) police officer whose life will never be the same. The families of both will suffer. The victims of the rioting and looting will suffer. Anger, hatred and resentment are going to continue to grow because it has very deep roots in that community.

Nancy
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Registered: 03-03-2009
Mon, 08-18-2014 - 4:00pm

I know the St. Louis metro area very well, having lived here for almost thirty years.  There has always been racial tension and anybody who suggests that discrimination only takes place against African Americans either is clueless or lying through their teeth.  

The media, unfortunately, immediately jumped to conclusions and made judgments which stoked resentments and gave opportunistic looters a better chance to wreak havoc.  It's infuriating.  After the first episode of looting, police asked the crowds to protest during daylight hours.  Reasonable request, IMHO.  Instead, crowds formed after sunset and under cover of darkness, criminal elements AGAIN looted businesses and threatened police trying to keep the peace.  Small wonder that St. Louis County police resorted to more repressive measures when the same thing happened night after night!  Then, many media outlets had the unmitigated gall to yammer about "militarized police". 

Much of the narrative and commentary has focused on judging law enforcement officers as though they were most culpable.  Nobody came out with a voice of caution that justice needs time to work through set procedures.  Instead, the mob behavior was condoned, defended.  Damn shame.  

I am a liberal.  A thinking liberal.  It doesn't seem to have occurred to most of my fellow liberals that they play right into the hands of the NRA and RKBA.  If the police are rendered unable to do their job, business owners will be forced to shut their businesses, hire private security or arm themselves.  

I cannot see ANY benefit for communities if laws cannot be enforced by public servants.  Moreover, Ferguson's residents have a miserable voter turnout rate.  Less than 15%, supposedly.  Rather than riot, they need to nominate candidates who both represent constituents and have integrity.   Then vote for those people and hold them accountable for true community service.  Lynch  mobs, regardless of ethnic makeup, are not democratic and they are NOT just.

Jabberwocka

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Registered: 08-25-2013
Tue, 08-19-2014 - 11:13am

I have been watching the news coverage and I want to know exactly what is it that the rioters want. It's out of hand and I can't for the life of me understand how fighting, looting and vandalism changes what has happened. I do think it rather interesting that the so called African-American "leaders" are not calling for an end to the violence but rather seem to be egging it on.

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Registered: 01-25-2010
Thu, 08-21-2014 - 6:00pm

Because it entrenches their position.  They gain for  the perceptions of discrimination.

chaika

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Registered: 02-14-2013
Fri, 08-22-2014 - 1:04pm

One would think that at some point intelligent African Americans would get sick and tired of being exploited by the likes of Revs. Jackson, Wright and Sharpton and would stand up against them and start calling them down. The continual stiring of the racism pot isn't getting anyone anywhere.