All Hell has broke lose once again in Ferguson, Mo. In 2015. Yeah. It breaks my heart to even write about this. But it is unfolding before everyone’s eyes.
From NBC News:
St. Louis authorities declared a state of emergency Monday as they prepared for a second night of protests marking a year since a police officer killed Ferguson teen Michael Brown.
The move was announced by St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger, who cited the violence that marred protests Sunday night in Ferguson.
“The recent acts of violence will not be tolerated in a community that has worked so tirelessly over the last year to rebuild and become stronger,” Stenger said in a statement.
The St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office announced criminal charges against a man authorities say exchanged gunfire with police officers Sunday night. Tyrone Harris, 18, who remained hospitalized in critical condition, was charged with four counts of assault on law enforcement, five counts of armed criminal action, and one count of shooting at a motor vehicle.
As authorities girded for another tumultuous night, police arrested non-violent protesters outside the federal courthouse in St. Louis following a noontime march through the city’s downtown.
Meanwhile, in Ferguson, it’s like a year was just one grain of sand down the hour glass.
A few miles away, in the city of Ferguson, business owners spent Monday morning cleaning up damage done by vandals overnight, when protests commemorating the anniversary of Brown’s death spun into violence, culminating with the shooting of a young man by plainclothes officers who said he’d shot at them.
“It’s stressful. It’s so frustrating,” said Dellena Jones, whose hair salon on West Florissant Avenue was ransacked. She had only recently begun to recover from damage suffered during looting that followed Brown’s death a year ago.
Last year, her young children were inside the salon when rocks and other objects came crashing through the windows, an experience that traumatized them. Jones said she had been crying all morning, trying to figure out how to reopen.
“I’ve been trying to keep going for my children,” Jones said. “So… failure is not an option.”
I should also note that there have been reports of protestors roasting a pig the day before the anniversary of Mike Brown’s death, and reports that a protestor was killed on the same day during a protest march.
It’s safe to say that not much has changed in Ferguson. Coincidentally, nothing has changed on Twitter either.
So here are the many reactions to the civil unrest in Ferguson that you will see. Remember, they were the exact same reactions from last year, so don’t be surprised.
You have the people who keeps bringing the subject back to Mike Brown. It’s clear that no one has explained to them that this is not really about Mike Brown.
Then you have the people full of sarcasm. Because, you know, there were no other options.
Then you have the people who wonder how they got time off of work.
Then you have people who are straight up assholes, and unapologetic.
Then you have Right Wingers putting in their two cents now. You know, because putting in your two cents before this was a problem was never an option.
Then you have the sympathizers, the prayer circles, and the freedom fighters.
Everyone has an opinion. But no one has love to offer. Imagine how much different this Twitter conversation would be if we would offer each other love, extend our hands, help people in need, and listen with our hearts.
But none of that is an option. It’s the world we live in. And as long as we live in this world where love is an after thought, we will continue to have this problem.
It is what it is.