In the aftermath of the robbery, assault, and then police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, I can offer some advice: Be sure not to forget to also steal those AAA batteries for the flat-screen remote. It is frustrating to get home and not have them. Then you just have to turn around and go back to the convenience store, where they are expensive, and choke a hapless clerk to get your batteries.
To be fair, at least when you loot a TV you don't have to fight off that store clerk's hard sell, hot boxing you into buying the extended warranty.
Police shootings are not a major issue. There were 12 million total arrests in the United States in 2012 and, according to FBI statistics; there were only 420 police shootings during those 12 million arrests. The highest percent of those shot, 42 percent, were white. Blacks were 32 percent and Hispanics 20 percent -- about in line with crimes committed. But shootings only happened in .000035 percent of arrests. It is not a "crisis." more >>
In the weeks after the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri there has been a slew of discussions over the events that happened. As expected, the Left took to social media to blame "institutional racism" in America for the events in Ferguson without giving any consideration to the facts. Citing "institutional racism" only seeks to perpetuate an issue that doesn't exist here in America. The Left continues to make race an issue and are only doing more harm than good.
We have seen Rev. Al Sharpton and Rev. Jesse Jackson seizing opportunities for themselves by taking advantage of the death of Michael Brown. These two men have continuously tried to make race an issue with a generation of young people who grew up in a very different time period. It is inappropriate to use the shooting of a young man as a way to push such an agenda.
It's not just progressive talking heads that are perpetuating the message of "institutional racism" in America. Some liberal professors have now taken to twitter to start a social media effort under "#FergusonSyllabus" which seeks to provide resources on "institutional racism" and how to discuss the events in Ferguson in the classroom. more >>
Michael Brown, the 18-year-old unarmed teenager shot and killed by a police officer in Missouri earlier this month, accepted Christ and had an eerie dream weeks before his death that would foreshadow his fate, says his St. Louis-based uncle, pastor Charles Ewing.
Ewing told The Associated Press that Brown recounted the dream to him in which he saw a body laying covered by a sheet. He now believes the protests triggered by angry demonstrators and the public attention that ensued following his nephew's death have fulfilled the meaning of his dream.
"He didn't know whose body it was," Ewing said. "He said, 'One day, the whole world is going to know my name' ... not knowing this is what was going to happen." more >>
Like many Americans, I have carefully followed the news from Ferguson, MO involving the tragic shooting of an 18-year-old African American, with the notable exception that he carries my name. And so, every day, I'm reading about the shooting of Michael Brown and the death of Michael Brown and the autopsy of Michael Brown, all of which reminds me of the very real loss of life involved.
As I reflect on what is happening in Ferguson and interact with callers to my radio show, there are five obvious lessons to be learned.
1) The racial divide in America remains wide and deep. more >>
While Anyabwile's fear for his son remains constant, he says moving out of Southeast Washington or staying in the Caribbean would mean that he would be living for himself and his family, not for God, his calling or those he is meant to serve through his ministry."Greater than any fears must be our love for people who need Christ and mercy," Anyabwile told CP. "And if we're African-Americans going into African-American neighborhoods, we should pray we love our people more than we fear them. We've found the people of Southeast to be welcoming and our neighbors have been wonderful."As Anyabwile and his family continue to settle in their neighborhood, he can only hope and pray that Titus comes to love America despite the challenges he is possibly bound to face as an African-American child."I hope Titus grows to be a faithful, humble, loving, joyful, generous man of God in this country, whether it's because of this country or despite it," Anyabwile said. "I hope he loves the country as I do, and I hope he contributes positively and significantly to the future of America. ... I hope he sees and experiences the further removal of racism from America and the promotion of a just and whole society. ... I hope he abides in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ, full of faith and refusing bitterness."In the meantime, he says any parent who shares his same concerns should know that although there is limited hope to be placed in government authority, they should still "hope and expect our public officials to do what is right."In addition, if parents who are non-believers feel that same way he does, they should begin to embrace faith that God will take care of justice, he explained."Men may miss the opportunity to do what is right, but God never will. In His judgment, everything true and right will be established. No evil will go unpunished. Righteousness will prevail. We ought not want anyone to fall into God's eternal judgment; His judgment is terrible. But we can be assured that His judgment will be right and no one escapes His holy sight," Anyabwile said.Anyabwile is assistant pastor for church planting at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. and a council member with The Gospel Coalition. more >>
When will the rioting in Ferguson, MO stop? There has been much mayhem---including the police using tear gas---and much looting in the St. Louis suburb. The media covers this story heavily. Some estimate there may be as many media members as there are protesters.
All of this follows the shooting death of a black teenager, Michael Brown, allegedly by a white police officer the previous Saturday. Though the facts are sketchy, many are convinced that an injustice has been done.
The reaction has created an additional crisis. Reports indicate that thugs from all over have descended on Ferguson to take advantage of the chaos, to get "justice" "by any means necessary." How? By putting small shop owners out of business by looting? By changing Ferguson into a war zone? Said C. S. Lewis: "The devil is always trying to trick us to extremes." more >>