Alright, ya’ll, so I’m seeing a lot of posts about what’s happening in Ferguson. I’m in St. Louis right now (Ferguson is like, not even two towns over) so this stuff’s been all over our local news. I want to put in my two cents worth.
Yes, there is an issue here that needs to be addressed about the potential police overreaction/brutality surrounding the death of Michael Brown. I don’t know all the facts surrounding his death, so I’m not going to comment on it.
What I AM going to comment on is the huge rash of looting and rioting that has taken place after his death. Yes, some of the protests out there in his name are peaceful. Unfortunately, they are getting undermined by the idiots who think throwing Molotov cocktails at people is a good fucking idea, and are taking this opportunity to loot things like tire rims and beauty products.
What I’m going to impress on all of you SJWs is this: there are two sides to every story. While yes, the police have been overreacting in some cases in Ferguson, please remember that 1) not everything you’re hearing is true, and 2) for the most part, they are trying to put down violence that is causing harm to people and property.
People are coming in from other neighborhoods, just seeing this as an opportunity to say “Fuck the police” and cause trouble. And that is not how one draws attention to an issue like this.
So before you blindly assume that this is a cut and dry case of “police being evil against black people” please remember that there are innocent people getting hurt in this. As far as I know, the peaceful protesters are more or less being left alone, and there are plenty of advocates fighting to make sure they are still able to protest and have their Constitutional rights to do so protected. It’s the people who are causing destruction for the sake of it that are the problem right now.