In case you haven’t heard, there is once again a riotous situation happening in Missouri. A few years ago it was an all out war zone in Ferguson. I’m pretty sure there’s been a few more since then as well. And now, another white cop who killed a black man has been found not guilty of killing that black man.
I don’t really follow all the news… plus, this took place in 2011. So, it’s been a while.
But I’m not really here to talk about what’s going on. I’m here to talk about how to fix everything and stop these kinds of things from happening. There’s just one problem with that…
I don’t know what to do.
Like, at all.
You see, I am a white man. There’s no “pride” there. I didn’t choose to be white. And considering what white people have done in the past, and continue to do to this day, quite frankly, I don’t have any desire to be associated with them.
The reason I bring it up is because of my experience. That being, I have none.
I do not see anything wrong, inherently, with the institution that is the USA. I don’t understand why people are protesting. I don’t understand what a human being thinks is going to happen when they attack a police officer. I understand how you can feel bad, how its sad that a loved one- scratch that- a human being has been killed, and by a person who is supposed to keep people safe from harm. But I can’t fathom how you can defend that person when they blatantly broke the law (not all of these men/young men have “blatantly” broken the law, or even knowingly broken the law, I know). Some people are throwing aside simple logic just because they feel mad, agitated, or even furious. Oh, and looting a Foot Locker to take the new J’s … really? How can these people justify destroying their own cities and neighborhoods. If you’re mad at the government for raising taxes, you don’t burn your house to the ground.
But here’s the problem: I don’t get it. So, I can’t do anything about it. These problems and issues don’t affect me. I don’t see them in my daily life. And it’s way more than “it’s not a problem for me, so it’s not a problem.” It’s WAY more complicated than that. WAY MORE!
But I can’t do anything about it. I’m not in a position to do anything about it. If I was, I would do what I think is right and then, just because of the way things are going, I might just unknowingly make things worse. Because, if I haven’t said it before
I DON’T KNOW WHAT’S WRONG!
Yes, there are racists. Yes, there are bigots. I can’t change their minds. I don’t know how to keep myself from eating fast food and start working out. How am I supposed to end racism?
Idiots exist alongside intelligent people. Scientists and religious person’s live daily life together. Futbol fans and football fans can live in the same house. Even Star Wars and Star Trek fans can get along! How? We agree to disagree, like what we like, and let each other enjoy their little fandom.
I don’t think that’s how to fix this. This is not a “to each his own” situation. And that’s all I know about the situation, besides “its bad, and it looks like its getting worse.”
I take comfort in the Lord. But, sometimes I feel like it would take the Lord himself to come down and slap us on the wrist and say “play nice.”
And again, I joke because, as I’ve said:
I don’t know what to do.
P.S. – I don’t see how rioting and looting will help. Peaceful protests? Yes, please. Damaging public and private property? Please stop.