A few weeks have passed since the non-indictment of Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson in the tragic shooting death of the unarmed teenager Michael Brown. Like always, the crowds disperse and the memories pass on. However, this event will live in the minds of the Ferguson community for years; in the Brown family for the rest of their lives. This can’t be changed. Taking back shooting, the burnings, looting and riots wouldn’t change the conditions that allowed this to happen in the first place.
The tired eye-rolls usually start about there. Whites are tired of being accused of being racist. Minorities are sick to death of their claims being ignored. Can we admit that the latter have more to be sick and tired over than the former? History will prove that out, unless you buy into some Texas textbook cavalcade of Moses on the Grassy Knoll reading the Emancipation Proclamation (that is an entirely different and ugly tragedy I can’t get into here). It’s understandable, though, that both sides want this social issue to be resolved. So what can you do?
First, you can learn to listen, instead of reacting and dismissing someone’s complaints before you’ve even heard them out. In any dispute, this is common sense and helps to arbitrate a peaceful settlement. Second, stop taking it so personal!! Of course you weren’t’ there. No one says you were. However, you cannot deny that you’ve benefited from the status quo. If you want, you can, but no one with a bit of sense and hindsight will support such claims. Third, learn how you can advocate and stop the perpetuation of inequality, because it also negatively affects those it purports to give unfair advantage to.
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