As Americans and the world continue to keep a watchful eye on the racial unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, a thread on the user-submitted, bulletin board website Reddit has offered a unique opportunity: actual insight from a Redditor, MrDominus7, who lives near where the slaying of Michael Brown took place. MrDominus7’s post has been gilded 5-times and has received 2402 points (or upvotes), meaning it’s a beneficial contribution to the Reddit community.
In his post, MrDominus7 touches on points that the media has neglected to report: where the looters came from, the historical racial unrest in Missouri, and much more.
The quotes are his, and interjected are tweets and links he’s referring to to back-up his stated facts.
I’m from St. Louis, and am actually surprised at the representation of the situation locally vs. nationally. For some reason the national reaction has been largely one-sided as depicting cops as being out of control militants; locally I think they’re showing more of the story from both sides.
Ferguson is a smaller city (~20,000) and much of the rioting that has been happening has been a result of sketchy people from the city of St. Louis surrounding communities taking advantage of the situation there.
The police have repeatedly asked individuals to protest during the day and stay indoors at night, for everyone’s safety. The past few nights, tear gas has been used to disband the crowd as a result of cops getting fired at, having rocks thrown at them, or molotov cocktails being tossed. Cops in and around Ferguson are now working 12-hour days with no days off. Many are receiving death threats, are spit on and cursed by protestors, and I can understand why they’re uptight.
On the other hand, the people of Ferguson have a right to be angry and many have been peacefully protesting with no problems whatsoever. They’ve been walking around with their hands up, chanting “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot.” From what I’ve seen, the cops have rarely been pointing weapons at people (especially in the daytime) except to clear out certain areas. I imagine that’s what’s going on here.
Sadly, a small group of idiots has made the entire situation into a shitstorm with looting and violence, causing even more tension between police and citizens. The other night police responded to four masked men with shotguns in the street (one of whom was shot by police after pointing his weapon at them) and a woman was shot in a drive-by shooting (which never happens in Ferguson).
It’s disheartening and infuriating to see the situation spiral out of control like this. A recent twitter movement revealed a number of individuals claiming that individuals should “attack rich white neighborhoods” rather than attack their own city, which has resulted in fighting and the lockdown of stores and malls in surrounding areas.
@Salute_DeezNutz gonna have to loot the white neighborhoods then
— Pound Cake Killa (@JP_Izzzz_Me) August 11, 2014
Smh they tearing up their own neighborhood instead of terrorizing the white neighborhoods..loot,burned down and rob them,not your own
— Madam Nori (@JamaicanHoney) August 11, 2014
The New Black Panthers recently sent a letter to the FBI promising violence, which has only added fuel to the fire.
You can view the website for the New Black Panther Party here.
It’s worth noting that it is not an official successor of the original Black Panther Party.
This entire situation has been a distraction from what’s important. An individual was shot by a police officer – was the officer in the wrong, or was he justified based on the evidence? We don’t know and we need to let the FBI and Justice Department determine it as unbiasedly as possible. Regardless of what happens it’s so far been a case of he-said-she-said with racial tension mounting.
This is a much bigger problem than just race – it’s a human problem. We distrust each other, stereotype one another, and profile individuals. Black people are unfairly targeted by police, and in turn, distrust of the police fuels anger and hatred.
What do you think? Does MrDominus7 make some good points?
It’s worth noting that his ethnicity is unknown.
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