Nov 29, 2014
Ferguson: A Stranglehold on America’s Best Future
Do I believe Officer Darren Wilson is a prejudiced white man out to murder any black person he found? No. Do I believe all young disenfranchised black men are thugs? No. Do I believe Officer Wilson was perfect in all his reactions that night? Perhaps not, but then I was not there and neither were...
Do I believe Officer Wilson was perfect in all his reactions that night? Perhaps not, but then I was not there and neither were the protestors. I do believe the Grand Jury did the best job they could do, weighing all the available evidence and asking all the relevant questions they needed to ask.
Why do I believe the officer’s account of that day? No, it’s not because of skin color.
It’s because it’s important to do so. Otherwise, I’m giving my permission for anarchy to take over our society. If we don’t believe in — and defend — the American precept of the rule of law, then what system will we embrace as the agreed-upon way to settle our differences?
To settle our differences via mobs using brute violence against their own communities means we are really no better than the eternally warring Sunni and Shia Muslims in the middle East.
I am sure that not all young black men are thugs and not all police officers are perfect nor are they all fair administrators of the law. But we should be wary and watchful of those mobs and trucked-in paid protestors in the streets of Ferguson (and our nation) who do not believe in our American rule of law but are only interested in burning, rioting, and looting.
Healing the American racial divide will take bigger thoughts than what these rioters and looters are demonstrating. Meanwhile, the Al Sharptons of the world will keep focusing on this anger for anger’s sake, with no hope for a solution.
We pray our nation’s true leaders, our friends, and our neighbors will look beyond this behavior and move forward together to help heal this painful, gut-wrenching stranglehold on America’s best future.