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The Expected

The ruling in Ferguson has hit the fan, and there are riots. For weeks I have watched this story unfold. From the shooting until now. I was very careful not post any opinion as it is not my life or a family members life. Not to mention that there were multiple opinions being weighed in from every news blog,source, and any conversation that was not charged with emotion (for perceived justice or injustice) was just not a conversation that anyone seemed to want to have. All I really understood early on was that the comments coming in from actual residents of Ferguson were mostly saying that the rioters were not from Ferguson, and that they had been bused in. These rioters from other towns or cities were stirring the pot of already hot and confused emotions. After reading these types of comments, and understanding that any national news story is usually a tool for some cause, or simply to distract, I didn’t write about it.

Ferguson and the riots and anger that has risen from it have been a propeller to heighten a very tense climate. When the store video came out of the victim pushing a convenience store owner and walking out with beer, it didn’t matter. When the cop who was called arrived and the victim lunged toward him, and this was verified by the coroner, it didn’t matter. This story in its early days had so many conflicting views and points of view that no one should have been commentating on it. I have wondered why. Then I felt guilty for wondering why. Stories like these make a person want to never speak about anything. Social commentary on the stories make a person want to be a recluse.The studies that have already been independently done remind a person that there are certain matters they just really don’t have a say in. The big saying now is “check your privilege”. It doesn’t matter if I am a token white person in every group I am in. It doesn’t matter the color of the last guy I dated, or who my ex husband was, or that my great grandparents were undocumented Cherokee people. I’m white. I’m so white I get lost in sand. I’m so white you can see straight through me if I stand in a bright light. So I shouldn’t have a commentary on anything. Except that some of my friends and I have talked about Ferguson, and they have stated “they are pushing it…they are really pushing and trying to start a race war-don’t worry Danie as long as there are people like us who will sit and talk about these things…we are not going to fall for it. We won’t be out there breaking windows and killing each other…people like us won’t be affected by the plans”. They. Let’s take a look at this a second.Not the two sides or viewpoints, in a few weeks we will probably hear more than we ever have been told about that incident. That is, if “they” doesn’t get their way and America is not succumbed to a national riot.

There has been police brutality on the rise and it is not even hidden. There are arbitrary laws being implemented. No riots. In Florida a 93 year old veteran has been repeatedly arrested for feeding the homeless. Elderly people have been arrested for using marijuana for their diseases. Some older people have been shot. Just google any of those words and I am sure you will find any corresponding story. In August an eight year old little girl on Rosebud reservation was tazed by the police…tazed…eight years old. Tazing sends grown men down, why the heck would anyone taze a little girl to obtain a paring knife? No riots and I only knew about it because of some of my subscriptions on Facebook. Also in South Dakota a female tribal police officer was indicted for using excessive force, she repeatedly tazed a man after he was already down. Police brutality is everywhere. In Cleveland a 12 year old boy was shot twice in the stomach because he reached for his toy gun. My main concern with that story is that some nosy adult person who cannot remember being a child and cannot tell the difference in a real gun and pellet gun actually called the police. (I guess everyone is not as brave as my mother, who would have walked up to the children and started a conversation and found the gun to fake. Everyone is brave enough to call police or fight police but oh dear lets not connect and actually talk).That child is dead. No riots. No one is being bused in. This kind of thing is happening daily, and it is happening in every demographic and it is not even hidden… and everyone is involved. Many or most of these stories are not on the main news headlines. Is it because the lines are obvious? Those stories are very obvious in their injustice? There is no confusion? There is no confusion when a cop is yelling at a man to get in her squad car and he is just laying there. There is no confusion when the perpetrator is an eight or twelve year old who is either playing or just throwing a tantrum and the cops should not even be called in.There is no confusion when the story is obvious it cannot be twisted, so it can be buried in the sub headlines and maybe no one will see.It’s obvious an injustice when it is in areas that have always suffered injustice from police and the government so no one thinks about it anyway. Right? Only certain kinds of racism gets headlines? Location is also key. Maybe when there is a happening in a location that is deemed a hot territory by the authoritarians who have an agenda to pull off, then they can get it under way before any details are known. Ferguson was on everyone’s newsfeed and it brewed and brewed and brewed. Suddenly there were “quotes” from the Ferguson politicians that no sane person would ever say while there are riots in their streets that the entire world is watching. These said “quotes” were never on record and as we know there are many fake news sites that look legitimate and it is not hard to make one. So in Ferguson, a place most have not heard of, before a convenience store video got out, before police videos were out and before any facts were known, there was already a riot. It is a psychological fact that people will follow a group of people with already heightened emotions. This is a herd mentality and it is how many protests or riots rage out of control. With the presence of police, and national guard on ready, and then pro-protester protesters this has been a soup of chaos. It reminds me of reading about the Rolling Stones concert at Altomont, and how tension bred tension and the Hells Angels were all to ready to stir the situation. Nothing good ever comes of these things.
For the last two weeks, news commentators that I have actually respected in the past, have been flipping on their commentary about Ferguson. One day it is “race riots are propagated”  the next day it is ” the police state is rolling into Ferguson” and how we need to protect the right to protest. It seems to me that Ferguson, if any part of it has been real has served as a theater for many purposes. I got a chill when Sharpton and others basically stated that race riots were “expected” across the nation. Expected. Why? Are they expected because only the ones on the inside know what happened and already knew that the officer would not be indicted? So they bus in people, propagate this constantly and keep it in view and thus create a race war? Then EXPECT it to spread far and wide? What is the agenda here. There are many agendas, but seemingly deep emotional triggers are the easiest way to get it done. Remember the governments shutdown and picking on the vets all last year did not get the job done. Ebola hasn’t gotten the job done.

I am not taking a side as to whether justice was done today or not. I’m not saying that Mike Brown was innocent or not.I have repeated the only things that I have heard and seen that were actual fact and barely spoken of and that is all I care to repeat at this point. The coroner report and the convenience store video…and then riots that escalated and now will continue to escalate and hurt people who had nothing to do with the incident. I simply want us to think about what the main goal is here, and how people-any people and all people could, should or might respond. Riots and fights and debates are not stopping the game. They are not stopping children from being shot for being children, or suspended from school for being children. They aren’t bringing us closer together they are pushing us apart and forcing us to be champions or victims, liberal or conservative, feminist or “anti-woman”..or “privileged”. Expected…it was “expected” for weeks , now it is up to the Nation as to whether or not we as individuals give into the plot and stage of what is expected.My prayer is that not everyone falls for that plot. Let us not let them take our ability to connect and continue to care about each other. Let us think about doing the unexpected. There is no reason for us to be the enemy of each other, because we all are being used and we all are being abused and the agenda is for the enslavement of all of us. Being divided only brings us that much closer to the goal.

 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’[c]; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[d]

“You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”29 But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”30 In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took mercy on him. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii[e] and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have. “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” 37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.” (Luke 10)

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