On Ferguson

This is an open thread to discuss Ferguson, but I’d ask anyone participating to please:

1) Watch the video.
2) Don’t be a jerk.

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103 Responses to On Ferguson

  1. 101
    Myca says:

    Yeah, I’d like to see the stats for Missouri, but I’d not be surprised if fivethirtyeight used the federal stats because the Missouri ones are unavailable.

    My assumption (which may well be wrong) is that more liberal states (like New York, say), will return fewer indictments than more conservative ones.


  2. 102
    Myca says:

    Myca: “Do you crash strangers’ funerals …?”

    That video isn’t a funeral. It’s someone attempting to make a political point based on false premises.

    I’m addressing specifically responding to “black lives matter” with “Well, yeah, but all lives matter…” The context this exists in is, as I posted earlier, young black men are killed by the police at a rate 21 times that of young white men, and often with less reason.

    This is a specific thing that you are misinformed about. There’s a reason “black lives matter” is used as a political statement, and that’s because “white lives” don’t face the same kind of opposition.

    Regardless of the factors leading up to Brown’s action, Wilson’s life was in danger and he had to act.

    We don’t know if that’s true. The inaccuracies in Wilson’s account have not been given a thorough airing or investigation, and, thanks to the actions of the prosecutor, they may never be.


  3. 103
    closetpuritan says:

    Thinking some more about the issue of rioting, I’m reminded of the famous Audre Lorde quote

    Audre Lorde
    “For the master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house. They may allow us to temporarily beat him at his own game, but they will never enable us to bring about genuine change.”

    Relevant history: Tulsa race riot, Red Summer.

    Caveat: I do think the impulse to riot is understandable. But it’s also sad that it’s happening.