WDEL Blog: Allan Loudell

Ferguson: No light at the end of the tunnel (yet)

Clearly, no resolution to Ferguson, Missouri's nightmare.

A huge show of force overnight failed to end the unrest. Some perspective: Ferguson represents the first time the National Guard has been deployed to deal with civil unrest in the United States since the 1992 Los Angeles riots. And you'll recall what precipitated those riots.

A new strategy is emerging: Try to separate the lawful, peaceful protesters from others bent on violence and looting overnight.

Very predictably, the Ferguson story separates black and white America. Pew Research found white Americans are much more confident than black Americans that multiple investigations will uncover the real truth about the fatal shooting of Michael Brown. Sixty-five percent of African-American respondents said the police response to the shooting "has gone too far", compared to only thirty-three percent of white Americans.

I haven't seen specific polling on this, but I would suggest Ferguson also underscores the deep divide between white (at least white conservative) America vs. black America over the virtues of localism vs. the Federal government.

But have you noticed? The Ferguson unrest has not spread to the neighboring central city of St. Louis nor to impoverished East St. Louis, Illinois (across the Mississippi River). At least for now, absent an incendiary police shooting. (Wait a minute: Just minutes after I type these words comes the news that St. Louis CITY police fatally shot a man who was, according to initial accounts, brandishing a knife! The incident took place just outside the Six Stars convenience store about four miles from Ferguson. According to the first account, police ordered the man to drop the knife. Instead, he allegedly lunged at officers with the knife.)

But, some Ferguson locals were blaming the violence on folks from St. Louis proper and from East St. Louis. Cynically, maybe the people bent on violent acts and looting have all migrated to Ferguson. Median household income in East St. Louis, Illinois: $21,324 Median household income in Ferguson, Missouri: $35,647 (East St. Louis is often ranked the most dangerous city in these United States.)


You can hear my interview at midday with Al Jazeera America correspondent Robert Ray in Ferguson...


Audio Here


A live blog about Ferguson developments from The WASHINGTON POST...


http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/liveblog-live/liveblog/live-updates-tension-in-ferguson


But clearly, the authorities are trying to differentiate the people in the streets. Even many Ferguson residents - who originally welcomed the outsiders - are now having second thoughts, according to this account in The GUARDIAN...


http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/aug/19/ferguson-outsiders-protesters-riots-peaceful-unrest


Posted at 1:59pm on August 19, 2014 by Allan Loudell

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Comments on this post:

kavips
Tue, Aug 19, 2014 2:41pm
Quite a few open-ended questions, Allan.

East St. Louis and St. Louis proper do not have a racist white minority controlling the popular majority. Fergastan is Botha's South Africa. The other areas have means of getting resolution to local problems, that Fergastan does not have. All white government? All white police? All white mentality in a town over 67% black?

Everyone acknowledges the murder was only a trigger. The powder was put in place, the ball rammed down the barrel, the flint put in its holder, a long, long time ago. That this keeps boiling over is not surprising in a state that graced their capitol's rotunda with a rather large statue of Rush Limbaugh. If you ever wanted a statement that says, "We celebrate hate," you could find no better.

As for the polling data being divided upon racial lines, I have to confess: Our forefathers had a far better education ending in third grade, then do their descendants today, all of whom were educated under the U.S. Department of Education's existence. White people have no knowledge of history.

White people do not realize they killed off native Americans, took their lands, and got rich off of them. White People don't realize we imported more or less slaves from China, paid them a bowl of rice a day, to build our nation's railroads, then dumped them. White people forget that we took Africans and made slaves out of them. Completely taking away their rights, because we deemed they shouldn't have them. White people forget that we took all the Japanese into the hinterland and made them stay throughout the war, but didn't do it to Italians and certainly not to Germans. White people forget that 100 years ago, white people slaughtered each other to the tune of 20 million people, just over maintaining their honor... "Well, we gave them our word we would fight with them, and had no choice but to keep it; even though it wasn't our fight" White people forget that in the name of religion, we killed off the fantastically advanced Inca and Aztec civilizations because they refused to accept the brutality of naked Catholicism. White people are who imprisoned Nelson Mandela for 27 years, before setting him free to become South Africa's first black president.

White people are horrible. And if we had a thoughtful media that were focused on information and not propagandization, all whites would know this and be very suspect of an all-white police force trying to "enforce" the law in an all-black town.

The figures you mention certainly explain Earl's responses here. Earl and Mike come from two different generations. Mike is not so overwhelmingly supportive of white people's views, because of the history that played out when he was growing up. To Earl, on the other hand, those were just words in some book, and they were probably not true because the people writing books are all left-wing commie pinko socialistic liberals and would lie in an instant to discredit white people...

That is where the U.S. Department of Education has failed us. Those of us who know, aren't going to give a blanket of protection to someone, just because they are white, or their party put up Rush Limbaugh in the capitol's rotunda. We know better. They are pretty evil people, those white conservatives...

EarlGrey
Tue, Aug 19, 2014 3:35pm
kavips: Wow that's a lot of white self-loathing in one post...btw, I'm not siding with the whites...I'm simply listening to the facts and coming to logical conclusions from these facts. I fully support (as I've said numerous times) the PEACEFUL protestors who simply want to know the truth!...and I've said that IF I am wrong IF the police officer did commit a heinous crime then he should pay the penalty! How is that siding with anyone? I've also said that the initial reaction of the police to the original protestors was heavy-handed...though they now seem to need to use those earlier tactics on the "outside elements" using this sad case to their benefit.

All races have the ability to do unspeakable evil upon others...it has nothing to do with the pigmentation of one's skin...evil is color-blind.

For an alternative view to yours that Americans (at least the pale ones) are, and always have been, evil you may want to check out Dinesh D'souza's latest film America (Dinesh is NOT white btw)...it counters almost every claim you make...or you may wish to read a very good book titled The 5000 Year Leap which gives a great history lesson on our country/founding fathers/constitution/and how government is supposed to operate.

Mike from Delaware
Tue, Aug 19, 2014 3:47pm
Kavips: Missouri has a statue of elRushbo in their capital??? Amazing and scary.

Some things to consider before you banish all white people to ghenna. White people had the power in the US. Sadly many evils did happen under white rule in the US. Interestingly many evils happen in African nations that have black rule. Blacks sold blacks into slavery in Africa to those whites. You may not want to admit this, but it is true. So we all are flawed humans who are sinners, both black and white.

The other thing that you might want to remember is those evils like slavery, not giving blacks the right to vote, not allowing blacks to use the same public facilities, etc, etc, were stopped by white people who were in power to make a difference. So had it not been for white folks who were appalled at the injustice towards blacks in this nation, your people might still be in chains or living under Jim Crow and Bull Conner. Many whites gave their lives fighting for the end of slavery during the Civil War. The greatest President in your life time wouldn't even been allowed to run, much less to win and become our President had it not been for all those changes brought about by white folks. Also, there are not enough black votes alone to elect a President, so those many white voters who ignored race and voted for who they believed was the best candidate helped the black community elect Barack Obama.

Just as today there are the majority of blacks in Ferguson peacefully protesting, while black outsiders are causing mayhem, violence, and distruction at night. It would be wrong for me to conclude that all blacks are evil just as it is wrong for you to say all whites are evil.

We need to have all people of good will black and white to work together to find solutions to this never ending racial strife that exists between us. This will eventually destroy our nation if we don't fix this, because it weakens us as a nation. We are NOT united as a people.

There are racists in all groups. Yep there are black racists who are just as bigoted at Archie Bunker, they are Bunker's former neighbor George Jefferson. Bigotry doesn't belong only to whites, I've read how even in the black community that darker skinned blacks don't get treated as well within the black community by their lighter skinned cohorts. Again, bigotry is a human condition that affects all racial, gender, and ethnic groups. It's wrong, but as being a part of a "fallen world" from Adam and Eve is what it is. It's not part of God's plan, so it is sin.

Let's work to end that stinkin' thinkin' of my side is always right [be it us whites or you blacks] and the other side is always against us [those whites are out to get us or those blacks are all criminals]. We all are in the same boat called America, if we don't work together and pull the oars in the same direction our ship of state will simply go in circles getting nowhere.




kavips
Tue, Aug 19, 2014 4:15pm
Earl if I was heavy-handed in describing you as siding with someone, I'm sorry. All I was basing it off of was what you were putting up here in print. The one-sided lines of false reports saying the officer was innocent and Michael Brown was guilty. I was only trying to correct the stream of false reporting. I'm glad you support the right of poor Americans to protest the horrible Republican policies that are giving us this, what we see today, instead of the great nation we would have had, had Gore been able to succeed Clinton, and the National Debt eliminated... Consequentially we would not have rushed into two ill conceived wars; would still have the World Trade Center standing in New York, and would not have allowed derivatives to become unregulated, bringing down the world's economic system in 2008.

Believe me they do have every cause to protest against the Republican party, and oddly, the rest of America should certainly be joining them.

And Mike, where is ghenna?

kavips
Tue, Aug 19, 2014 4:56pm
Mike, I'm indeed aware of other race's atrocities. However, they don't fit in with the narrative I was giving. That is, that some Limbaugh followers mistakenly think all whites are perfect, so that if there is dispute, it must be the black ones who are guilty.

I was sort poking fun at that... Just like all whites assumed OJ was guilty, even though, to do what he was alleged to have done, would have taken someone trained as well as is a Navy Seal. (Rambo comes to mind). The knowledge and practice required to make a hit like OJ did, just do not seem up to OJ's abilities. How old was he then? Almost in his 50's? But whites said it had to be; blacks said it couldn't be. And blacks who were a minority in a white world agreed with their white counterparts, until they were with fellow blacks and could really say what they felt. And it turned out, the whites who were leading the charge against OJ, ALL had anti-black racist ties in North Carolina. Go figure.

The point would be best made, if all people disregarded the melanin gene in one's makeup, and didn't give a hoot about what color a persons skin happened to be. That goes primarily to the cops who created Fergastan, in order to fund their little city off the fines they placed on its citizens. Totally UNAMERICAN, regardless of skin color... I'd expect that in East Germany or Stalinst Russia or even a corrupt African republic. But along with Rush Limbaugh's statue, here it is.... in Missouri...

Equally damning to Missouri and Fergastan especially, is the exact same segregationist meme from the 60's of being fearful of all outsiders, of guarding the castle too tight so to speak, of not understanding how an open and informed society is supposed to function.



The reporter who took this picture was arrested. It appears from the charges, it was done for spite. This picture was seen round the world and explains better than I or Earl, what is going on in Fergastan.

As of now, I was able to deduce these are all the reporters so far arrested. Imagine .. If our little Amy Cherry got hauled off and booked for covering a story... But that is exactly what is going on in Rush Limbaugh land. Arrested:

Ryan Devereaux (The Intercept)
Frank Hermann (Die Welt)
Ansgar Graw (Die Welt)
Lukas Hermsmeier (Die Welt)
Scott Olson (Getty Images)
Robert Klemko (Sports Illustrated)
Rob Crilly (The Telegraph)
Neil Munshi (Financial Times)
Ryan J. Reilly (The Huffington Post)
Wesley Lowery (The Washington Post)

Really? So.. Where is Breitbart? Oh, they support Rush Limbaugh nutjobs, don't want to tick them off... Completely one-sided.

And listen to this report by famous Jake Tapper, now with CNN, whic,h to my knowledge only appeared on the live feed and is preserved on the internet, but does not get any coverage on national TV.

"I just want to show you this, Don. I just want to show you this, okay? This is just to give you an idea of what's going on. The protesters—-here's this main intersection—-the protesters have moved all the way down there. They're about half a block down. Here, Don, watch with me. They're all the way down there. Okay? Nobody's threatening anything, nobody's doing anything, none of the stores here that I can see are being looted. There's no violence. Now I want you to look at what is going on in Ferguson, Missouri, in downtown America. Okay? These are armed police. With machine, not machine guns, with semi-automatic rifles, with batons, with shields, many of them dressed for combat. Now why they're doing this, I don't know because there is no threat going on here, none [pointing to protesters] that merits this [pointing to police line]. There is none. Okay? Absolutely, there have been looters, absolutely over the last nine days there has been violence, but there is nothing going on, on this street right now, that merits this scene out of Bagram. Nothing. So if people wonder why the people of Ferguson, Missouri, are so upset, this is part of the reason. What is this? [gesturing to police line] This doesn't make any sense......"

In all this, I am reminded of how protests by those children being sent to Vietnam based on a lottery of their birthdays, to fight what all then knew would be a losing war, was always represented as spoiled children who were too unpatriotic for their own good, until Walter Cronkite one night, and talked directly into the camera unscripted, and said, it was clear to him we could not win the American war in Indochina.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nn4w-ud-TyE

Who will be this generation's Walter, brave enough to call for an end, to all this Rush Limbaugh-spawned nonsense?

Step back. Look at the big picture. We are arresting big-name journalists for reporting the heavy-handed response that a racist-controlled town is exerting upon its own citizens who though they are actually a majority, get treated as a subclass of human beings just as did those South Africans in the Botha regime... It is, South Africa all over again, but existing here, in America, in the heart of America, the home of Harry Truman, the Gateway Arch, the Rams, Budweiser, Shop and Save, who actually put a statue of Rush Limbaugh in the rotunda of their capitol, in a city ironically named after the writer of the Declaration of Independence: Jefferson City....

How embarrassing is that?

mrpizza
Tue, Aug 19, 2014 7:27pm
Obama, Holder, Jackson, and Sharpton have to keep this thing alive as long as possible. Remember these words of wisdom from the great Rahm Emanuel: "Never let a serious crisis go to waste."

mrpizza
Tue, Aug 19, 2014 7:31pm
If Missouri ever wants to give up their statue of Rush Limbaugh, I'll proudly display it in my front yard.

Rush is, after all, one of the last of the great American heroes.

kavips
Tue, Aug 19, 2014 8:05pm
Pizza, are you ready for the vandalism that comes with that statue?

Displaying America's most hated man's effigy on your lawn, is asking for trouble.

kavips
Tue, Aug 19, 2014 8:17pm
And btw, there is new footage that shows Brown may have paid for those cigars after all. Meaning selective pieces were shown to make Brown out into a thug, and not a high school graduate who would today be in college if not for that racist police officer....

Who, btw has been whisked away to a retreat to be mind-warped on how to answer future questions so as to not get punished for shooting an Afro American college student in cold blood while he was surrendering...

kavips
Tue, Aug 19, 2014 8:18pm
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/08/15/the-day-ferguson-cops-were-caught-in-a-bloody-lie.html

An example of how Fergason treats black people... I heard someone here was looking for proof that Fergastan was racist.

kavips
Tue, Aug 19, 2014 8:35pm
And another report on how the police act in Missouri. The reporter here notes that many police are doing well, as is true everywhere. But there is definitely a gigantic problem with Law enforcement in Missouri,and one can say, that if you give a dumb man a badge and a gun, you inherit a problem...

http://america.aljazeera.com/watch/shows/america-tonight/articles/2014/8/18/police-to-al-jazeerajournalistinfergusonillbustyourass.html?utm_content=general&utm_campaign=ajam&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=SocialFlow


kavips
Tue, Aug 19, 2014 8:38pm
To change the topic, the LA Times has confirmed that 10 of those children sent back (deported) from the border, have been shot and are dead.

This is not the America my ancestors fought for. Under Republican leadership, this nation act like a 3 world country.

kavips
Tue, Aug 19, 2014 8:48pm
Change subject again, sorry, but for nerds like me, here is the first list I've seen of how productive Congress has been in Mike's and Allan's lifetimes... If you live through these times, I'm sure you would be as interested as I was....

Here's a historical record of laws enacted by Congress:

~ 113th Congress (2013-14): 142 public laws (as of July 31, 2014)
~ 112th Congress (2011-12): 283 public laws (total)
At this SAME point in the 112th Congress: 151 (as of July 30, 2012)
~ 111th Congress (2009-10): 383
~ 110th Congress (2007-2008): 460
~ 109th Congress (2005-2006): 482
~ 108th Congress (2003-2004): 498
~ 107th (2001-2002) : 377
~ 106th (1999-2000): 580
~ 105th (1997-98): 394
~ 104th (1995-96): 333
~ 103rd (1993-94): 465
~ 102nd (1991-92): 590
~ 101st (1989-90): 650
~ 100th (1987-88): 713
~ 99th (1985-86): 663
~ 98th (1983-84): 623
~ 97th (1981-82): 473
~ 96th (1979-80): 613
~ 95th (1977-78): 633
~ 94th (1975-76): 588
~ 93rd (1973-74): 649
~ 92nd (1971-72): 607
~ 91st (1969-70): 695
~ 90th (1967-68): 640
~ 89th (1965-66): 810
~ 88th (1963-64): 666
~ 87th (1961-62): 885
~ 86th (1959-60): 800
~ 85th (1957-58): 936
~ 84th (1955-56): 1,028
~ 83rd (1953-54): 781
~ 82nd (1951-52): 594
~ 81st (1949-50): 921
~ 80th (1947-48): 908

The two worst are the Tea Party Congresses, 2010 to now, and the 2nd two worse were the Gingrich Congresses...

Figures.

kavips
Tue, Aug 19, 2014 8:59pm
Back to the topic. Mike, here is a witness that said just before he was talking to Michael Brown about Jesus, and Michael said he had to leave and would be back; he never made it because of Officer Wilson. This was a kid anxious to talk about Jesus, who was starting college yesterday, and now won't.

Notice that the one didn't say anything and just started shooting... Where on earth does Earl get his information that Brown was charging the police?

Is that what one of Jesus's children would do?

http://fox2now.com/2014/08/12/witness-claims-he-saw-what-happened-when-michael-brown-was-shot/

kavips
Tue, Aug 19, 2014 9:07pm
Ok, Mike, Earl, Allan, here is a compilation though brief of the incident from 5 perspectives. only two know each other, but notice how all the stories fall exactly in line, and how different the line Earl is pushing off of Breitbart is from what actually happened....

http://www.theroot.com/articles/culture/2014/08/_5_eyewitness_accounts_of_michael_brown_s_shooting.html

Did you notice how the officer got all hot when they told him they were just going to their apartment? This was a boy who just 30 minutes earlier was talking about the Lord Jesus Christ. That officer is a hot head. And he got embarrassed that Brown got away, and chased after him and killed him in cold blood. Since no gun residue was on Brown, it conclusively means the officer shot the gun in the car and not Brown. My guess was the only reason he thought he could pull in Brown through the window was because he had a gun cocked, loaded, and was itching to use it. Compared to the beating I gave a link to above, if fits like a glove.

Mike from Delaware
Tue, Aug 19, 2014 9:19pm
Kavips: the short answer is, gehenna is the Greek word for Hell.

The rest of the story. It gets its name from a deep ravine south of Jerusalem, the valley of Hinnom. During the reigns of Ahaz & Manasseh human sacrifices were offered there. Josiah desecrated the valley because of the pagan worship there. It became a sort of perpetual burning city dump. Later it became a figure for the place of final punishment.


EarlGrey
Tue, Aug 19, 2014 9:55pm
kavips: Looks like the "innocent youth" did some serious damage to the cops face...btw I didn't get my info from breitbart (though you seem to have some fascination with that site)

http://www.dailypaul.com/324662/report-officer-darren-wilson-suffered-orbital-blowout-fracture-to-eye-socket-during-mike-brown-attack

And, have you seen pictures of the cop and Brown? I rather doubt the small officer could pull 6'4"/300 lbs. anywhere...

mrpizza
Tue, Aug 19, 2014 10:47pm
kavips: I'll take persecution for Jesus - and I'll take persecution for Rush Limbaugh. It's all about standing up for principle.

mrpizza
Wed, Aug 20, 2014 5:17am
I know it sounds like I'm splitting hairs here, but technically, Ferguson, which is part of the St. Louis metroplex, is not "Rush Limbaugh Land". Yes, it's in the same state, but Rush is from Cape Girardeau, 129 miles to the south, rural, far removed, and much more conservative, an urban/rural contrast which is typical of just about every state.

mrpizza
Wed, Aug 20, 2014 5:26am
By the way, if you're concerned about government celebrating hate, then let's clean up the hate in Washington. Vote Republican on November 4th.

kavips
Wed, Aug 20, 2014 6:52am
Pizza, you are confused. That is where all the hate is coming from. Republicans. They are the ones who shut down the government. They are the ones not passing any legislation. They are the ones who risked our bond rating as a political ploy. They are the ones who held up Hurricane Sandy aid. They are the ones who keep kicking the can down the road. They are the ones responsible for those dead immigrant children.

You can say things. But we can see things. Republicans = Mean People...

kavips
Wed, Aug 20, 2014 7:02am
Back to the thread topic: which was originally about light at the end of the tunnel...

It now appears that by replacing City Council and the Mayor, which can be done in a recall vote inside municipalities in Missouri, that the police chief could then be fired, and the entire police force replaced by that new police chief. According to the Ferguson City Charter, the police owe their jobs at the discretion of the chief, and the chief owes his job to the Council and Mayor. Replace the top, and it can be done in 6 month, and the racial imbalance goes away.

The racial imbalance is driven by one thing. Low voter turnout.

From the City Charter....

ARTICLE VIII. INITIATIVE; REFERENDUM AND RECALL
8.1.3 Recall

"The qualified voters of the city shall have the power to initiate the recall of any appointed or elected council member or elected mayor and to dismiss or retain such council member or mayor by a city election. No council member or mayor shall be subject to recall within six months of induction into office nor during the last six months of the term. If retained in office by a recall election, the council member or mayor shall not be subject to recall within a period of six months thereafter."

Which gets back to the point from the opening of this diary.

In the last Ferguson city council election, turnout was 12%. Amongst African Americans, that number was 6%.

Is it any wonder there's a single African American on the city council?

This can be changed and once the population knows it can be changed, the angst spurring the violence should go down. They have an option that can turn the entire city government and police force black, if they wish.

It is a shame, no one organized them earlier. Michael Brown would be alive today....

(and Mike; there is video of Officer Wilson standing over the body which don't have the marks you reference. Shades of Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin all over again, huh? Remember Zimmerman had all the marks of a scuffle, but video close to the scene didn't show anything? Same motif, it appears. Shouldn't surprise anyone. We shall see.)


kavips
Wed, Aug 20, 2014 7:08am
More footage of rogue officers in Ferguson.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8zbR824FKpU#t=61

There is good reason to take the witnesses side of the shooting and not that of the police force. Who gave these morons guns, anyways? Can anyone not expect this officer shown here, to NOT pull a gun and shoot an unarmed man?

That is the culture of White racist Ferguson.

mrpizza
Wed, Aug 20, 2014 7:30am
Oh, it just dawned on me. Not only is Missouri the land of Rush Limbaugh, it's also where the Lutheran Church is headquartered. Right there in good ole St. Louie!

I'd sure like to find out what both "Mike from Delaware" AND Kavips have to say about that!

Mike from Delaware
Wed, Aug 20, 2014 8:01am
Mrpizza: Here is the offical statement from LCMS president Rev. Dr. Matthew Harrison. Not all white folks in Missouri are racists, and the LCMS is doing the Lord's work in both white communities as well as minority communities.


LCMS President calls for prayer, peace amid Ferguson, Mo., unrest
Grace and peace to you from our Lord Jesus, the Prince of Peace.

"Together with other residents of metropolitan St. Louis, I have been saddened and worried by the events of the past week in Ferguson, Missouri. The shooting of Michael Brown and subsequent riots have produced a tempest of emotions in this region and throughout the country. Fear, anger, animosity between races, and a general nervousness are rife.

There is no panacea for such unrest, for it is simply one more tragic result of a world where sin and death continue their regime. Wars, rumors of war, tension and animosity between peoples we will always have with us (Matt. 24:6, 26:11).

The good news is that violence and distrust and animosity are not the last word. Christ, the Word made flesh who dwelt among us, full of grace and truth and life and salvation; Christ, whose death atoned for the sins of all humanity and whose resurrection trampled sin and Satan; Christ, the Prince of Peace—Christ gets the last Word. His is a Word of peace, despite sin’s turmoil (1 Thess. 5:23).

So, I write today for one simple reason—with one great need. I write to ask for your prayers.

I ask your prayers for our city, St. Louis—this is the city the Missouri Synod, in a certain way, has called home since 1847. I ask your prayers for the Brown family in their grief. I ask your prayers for the law enforcement officer involved and his family. I ask your prayers for the community of Ferguson, its people, their officials, and all who live and serve there. I ask your prayers for the churches of Ferguson, as they seek to be instruments of peace. And I ask your prayers for our Synod and our work, especially for work in the urban centers of our country where there is such a crying need for the Gospel and the Lord, whose peace “surpasses all understanding” (Phil. 4:7).

The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s Black Ministry, Urban & Inner-City Mission and Disaster Response teams are working together with local church leaders to assess both immediate and long-term needs in Ferguson. Plans are now underway to provide a way for the life-giving proclamation and comfort of the Gospel to be sustained into the future, so that true and lasting reconciliation in Christ may be restored to this community.

Finally, let us pray, dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

Father, You reveal Yourself as a God of both order and compassion. We ask for the restoration of order in Ferguson and for compassionate hearts on all sides. Give wisdom to those entrusted with temporal authority; give comfort to those who grieve; give peace to this troubled community. We ask these things in the name of Him who is our Prince of Peace, even Jesus, whose blood has made us one.

Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison
President, The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod

The Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison is the current and 13th president of The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod.

© 2003-2014
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod
All Rights Reserved."

http://blogs.lcms.org/2014/statement-on-ferguson


Mike from Delaware
Wed, Aug 20, 2014 8:13am
Kavips: you answered one of my questions, the Ferguson city government is white and due to low voter turn out, especially among the black majority, the white minority is ruling. That explains a lot and why this city is in the shape its in today. Yes, the black community there needs to get out the vote and run their own candidates like what happens in Wilmington and other cities across the nation. Every group needs representation in the government as our form of government is supposed to represent all who are citizens. The tools are there for them to use thanks to Dr. King, and many folks both white and black who demanded such change back in the 1960's and got it in 1964 with President Johnson's Civil Rights Law.

Ferguson shows what can happen when people of any color don't vote. We all have our beliefs and ideas, and once every 2 and 4 years we get the opportunity to use our voice to make a difference as to who leads us. Sadly too many Americans, not just black, but white, brown, red, and yellow blow it off. Hopefully one lesson learned from this tragic tale of Ferguson Missouri is you get the government you vote for, either by casting your vote or staying home and allowing someone else to choose for you.

Mike
Wed, Aug 20, 2014 9:59am
So some folks are looking to make something good out of a terrible situation. They set up voter registration tables. What could be wrong with that? Nothing, unless you're the head of the Missouri G.O.P.

http://takingnote.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/08/19/voter-registration-in-ferguson-called-disgusting/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0

kavips
Wed, Aug 20, 2014 10:59am
Well, after finally seeing the vote percentages which explains why all of Ferguson's council and mayor are white Republicans, I can certainly see the point in why Republicans would be upset that someone, anyone was registering Ferguson's citizens to vote. Like South Africans who realized once the grip of Apartheid is let go, the existing status quo is over.

kavips
Wed, Aug 20, 2014 11:02am
Sadly, in all of this, the message from the Lutheran Synod of Missouri, reminded me I had not yet prayed for peace to come to Ferguson. That has now be rectified, but that absence from me and possibly many others, could also be an underlying explanation as to why, this has been going on so long...

Mike from Delaware
Wed, Aug 20, 2014 11:49am
Kavips: Well said. The LCMS message is a good reminder for all of us, me included. As like you, I've rectified that too.

EarlGrey
Wed, Aug 20, 2014 2:41pm
"Sadly, in all of this, the message from the Lutheran Synod of Missouri, reminded me I had not yet prayed for peace to come to Ferguson. That has now be rectified, but that absence from me and possibly many others, could also be an underlying explanation as to why, this has been going on so long..."~kavips

Best post on this entire thread!


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