Ferguson

The last time I watched this much CNN in a day (as much as I did yesterday) was probably during Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

A young black man was shot by a white policeman in the suburbs of St. Louis, Missouri.  The accounts of what happened are so different that I think somebody is lying.

I feel bad for the family of the 18 year-old man shot down, Mike Brown. A kid that young, with a whole life to live in the palm of his hands. It’s a tragedy regardless of how it plays out.

But today left me with a simple set of questions that I needed someone older than me to answer. So, I asked my 65 year old mother.

I asked, the people rioted when Martin Luther King was shot down, didn’t they? She said yes.

I asked, the people didn’t riot when Robert F. Kennedy was shot down two months later, right? She said yes.

I then asked if Mike Brown was a caucasian and not African-American, would anyone give a damn? Would anyone be devoting hour after hour of the news to him, and the aftermath his death has caused? She said, “Exactly.”

It’s not my intent to be racial asking that set of questions. I merely do it to point out how things are, whether that’s good or bad.

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