Learning From Ferguson
It is unfortunate that Americans have not learned from Rodney King and Trayvon Martin. Once again, cars were set on fire and businesses were looted. There has to be a stop to this. In order to stop history from repeating itself, one has to get to the root of the cause and spread Roundup weed killer on it until the root is dead. Here is how I would handle things to make sure this doesn’t happen again:
Reading the Verdict – Have the verdict read in the morning before 10:00AM. Nobody likes rioting when one is tired and the coffee hasn’t kicked in.
Keep it Peaceful – Most of the greatest achievements towards equality were the result of peaceful actions like Martin Luther King. People have no sympathy for those who choose to act like they are in a Quentin Tarantino movie.
Focus Your Anger – Instead of burning everybody’s cars and looting businesses, take out your hostility on those who caused you to feel hostile. Don’t burn down your neighborhood. It keeps the police around too long. Instead, hold a sit-in at a courthouse or police station. And although the Department of Motor Vehicles usually has nothing to do with these situations, have a sit-in there too. You will get supporters because everybody hates the DMV. (Even the people who work there.)
If you are a district attorney, please don’t give a case to a grand jury with the intent with hoping that they will not indict the defendant when the defendant has allegedly caused death or injury to a person.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving and may your Black Friday shopping be less of a riot than what Ferguson went through.
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