Archive for November, 2014

Reactions and Responses: Justice and Injustice

November 12th, 2014

As the world is coping with world-wide violence America awaits a dubious decision.  A decisive moment of justice has been delayed since this past summer.  Dividing the community of Ferguson, Missouri is the shooting death of an unharmed teenager named Mike Brown.  The question has left many unanswered questions about the incident that led to the young man dying in an unknown situation that some have called a homicide.  The response from the public has been troubling from the very beginning.  The review of this shooting has been an unprofessional base with the body of the deceased laying for hours in the broad daylight.  An uncovered body left clearly in the middle of the street reminds many in the black community of the disregard for a devalued human being.  The tone of the city, its police department has not shown any apologetic point for this shooting.  On the other side the undercurrent of racial divide, class conflict has manifested into an uncivil rage from some in the black community.  The question remains what is going on?  Why does it take this long to explain the shooting?  The longer the decision the greater the reaction will be negative by those who feel the black community will not be given any justice.

The shooting has the mysterious issue of another unharmed young black male being shot, killed in America.  The Trayvon Martin remains a reminder of the lopsided perception in America built on racial conflict that is injustice for the black community.  Regardless, this normalization of killing unharmed blacks needs the fullest attention of law enforcement.  There has been the circling of the wagon by a law enforcement community that has not been able to demand professional behavior in this case regardless of cause.  Why has no police chief, national police leader spoke to the unprofessional behavior of leaving a dead person uncovered body in the street for hours?  A statement of humanity towards the deceased body says without prejudice that our professional code recognized a deceased body was mistakenly left uncovered.  This is a point that would have set the atonement for the division between police policy and community trust.  Seeing retired police, police supporters, off duty police rallying in support of an officer who is in question again feels anti-black community.  The injustice says regardless of what took place this dead teen is not respected.  The willingness, overall attitude of many in the police community says this  less than humane treatment is justified.  No number of black officers, calls for calmness will erase the divided state caused by the callowness.

The tone set before the final decision seems to suggest that there is some sort of special problem with reaching a verdict?  Or does this mean that the verdict is made and wishful thinking for finding a moment that will allow finding nothing wrong took place in killing another unharmed person?  The rage, bitterness in the streets will not cease if the police is found guilty or not.  It will serve as another moment that life is not valued by this society.  Rioting, looting has never been the answer to police misconduct.  The damage is done to the very community that can afford it least.  A response from both sides needs to consider civility.  Hard to find civility in the midst of uncivil behavior by those paid to be professional.  Hard to consider when the government of Ferguson is not able to find any justifiable reality for killing an unharmed teen.  Leaves hopeless, resentful, and bitterness of a government that is hardly represented of the larger community?  It is a reminder of those who live in Ferguson to become more involved, voting for a more balanced leadership that is willing to give justice respectfully opposed to popularity.  An unjust reaction will not bring a just response.  In a democracy the rights of the collective should consider all.  We know little of fact what took place this past summer in this case.  We are upon the holiday season, winter nears.  It would be perhaps a smart move to back those who will riot into the cold weather of winter.  A delay, twist of facts, technical mishaps are all causes that will not endear the people of Ferguson any true justice.  As the world watches, America must understand.  A society that allows injustice with self serving reactions should not expect to have a response that claims justice.  All sides need to resolve this public disaster with a sense of respect that will enable a peaceful healing.