Wednesday, August 20, 2014

You Don't Live Here

I can't tell you how frustrating it is to here people pontificating on the circumstances of Ferguson when they don't even live in the area.  Ferguson, and the St. Louis metro area as a whole, is complicated.  I have lived here twenty years and I am sure I don't have a full grasp of all the nuances, especially in terms of race and class.  It is irritating to listen to pundits dissect our city like they *know* what is going on/is wrong.  They don't know.  There is SO MUCH misinformation swarming around the interent that is impossible to know the true story.  As I have said before, Ferguson is a great community full of well-meaning folks.  I am there all the time.  A tragedy has occured and people want answers.  We aren't going to get the answers with every one distorting the truth - especially from those who aren't from the area.  I can only pray that the agitators back down so that the true work of justice can begin.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Ferguson

I live in the suburb next to Ferguson.  I am often in the area where the riots are occuring.  Ferguson is a great community and it breaks my heart that this is happening.  I don't really know what to say.  I don't understand why an unarmed man was shot & killed.  I am frustrated that the police will not give out more information.  I am appalled that people are using this as a reason to loot businesses that are supporting their community. I am horrified that the police are taking such militaristic tactics.  I am saddened that the news and social media sites are not putting a greater emphasis on the citizens that are trying to help their neighborhood recover.  If you only watched national news, you would think Ferguson is a war zone.  It isn't.  I am at a lost as to what to do to make the situation better.  This isn't the Ferguson I know, and I feel helpless to do anything about it.