The killing of unarmed Michael Brown, an 18 year young African American in Ferguson Missouri has sparked another instance of outrage on the timeline of American race relations. “Race relations” refers to how members of a community act with one another of different races living there. Ferguson, Missouri that is on the north side St. Louis is a city that has undergone some changes in racial mix. 67% of the community are black and 29% are white.
In St. Louis County:
“the racial makeup of the county was 70.3% White (68.9% Non-Hispanic White), 23.3% African American, 0.2% Native American, 3.5% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.9% from other races, and 1.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.5% of the population.”
Therefore, Ferguson might be described as a black enclave. However, 3 of 53 police officers are African American. That is a problem indicator.
See the photo post that is a screen capture from a story in the Business Insider that reports that the police chief was astonished that members of his force arrested Washington Post and Huffington Post reporters who were covering events there. The reporters were brushed up, put into a holding cell, and later released without charges and without getting the names of the officers who committed that act.
This news about a black teen being murdered at the hands of overzealous police is too frequent in America to ignore. That is what provoked a community reaction that has spread to a nationwide reaction and embarrassment.
Context doesn’t explain it, forgive it, or condone it, the police committing crimes that is.
At the heart of the problem is poverty in America. Remember that? While the economy has recovered generally, the situation on the bottom and in the middle of the economy is faltering.
- America has a legacy of illegal immigrants that it has not processed, many of which add to the poverty and upward mobility problem.
- Poverty exists and persists in America with intentional neglect by Congress.
- Racial enclaves exist in America without effective address.
- The Middle Class and poor are under economic duress where the concentration of wealth into the hands of a few is symptomatic.
- The American economy is unsustainable as is and a new model is required.
Those things all sound esoteric in the face of a black teen shot by a radical police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, however, it all adds up. (Congress is on vacation, by the way, and has a stack of legislation to address, but it won't because members are too busy campaigning.)
Had he been given a chance to complete his college education, Michael Brown might have been able to help solve problems in his own community. He might have been able to join the police department where many more like him are needed at once.
“Reporters arrested in Ferguson
By DYLAN BYERS and HADAS GOLD |
8/13/14 8:53 PM EDT
Reporters from The Washington Post and the Huffington Post were arrested in Ferguson, Mo., on Wednesday night while covering the protests that have rocked the St. Louis suburb.
Wesley Lowery, a Washington Post political reporter, and Ryan Reilly, a Huffington Post justice reporter, were arrested in a McDonalds shortly before 8 p.m. ET. Police entered the restaurant and told patrons there to leave, the reporters wrote on Twitter after their release. The police then asked Lowery and Reilly for their identification and, according to the reporters, arrested them because they weren't packing their bags fast enough.
Lowery also said the police officers "assaulted" him. "Officers slammed me into a fountain soda machine because I was confused about which door they were asking me to walk out of," he wrote on Twitter. Lowery also said that he and Reilly were released without paperwork or charges, and that the officers refused to provide the reporters with their names.”