How Ferguson Could Have Changed America (But Won’t)
The events that unfolded on August 9th in a small St. Louis town had the power to change America. If the media had been upfront from the beginning about the facts of the case, we might have moved past some of the racial divisions that remain fixed in our culture. It’s a long shot, but those possibilities could still come to fruition. But as long as the media, liberals, and people who make their living off keeping black people angry have their say, nothing will ever change.
The grand jury’s decision and the subsequent release of all the evidence did almost nothing to sway public opinion. Those who thought Michael Brown was the victim of a racist murderer continue to believe so. The shameful display in Ferguson that night only solidified the racist beliefs of a relatively small portion of the white population. The liberal media continues to portray this case as an example of justice gone wrong. It’s too bad, because there was a real opportunity here for significant change.
The truth is that we’ve come a long way. Unfortunately, that progress seems to be invisible to liberals and (some) blacks. Instead of seeing that progress, where a black man can be President of the United States, they see only the remaining problems. Every day in America, white people are wrongly incarcerated. Every day, a white man is passed over for a less qualified minority. Every day, white people face injustice. This isn’t to illustrate how terrible white people have in in America – by any means. It’s only to say that, no matter what laws we have, life isn’t fair.
But when you decide that your station in life is determined by the color of your skin, you close the door to unlimited possibilities. Black people in America have never had it so good. You will never “cure” racism. But when you think that the justice system as a whole is stacked against your race, you’re being willfully ignorant of the facts. This isn’t 1955. Short of making it harder to convict a black man than a white man through some perversion of the courts, there isn’t much else that can be done. Talk of sensitivity training, programs to improve community policing, and body cameras are all well and good, but what happens when those things are implemented and the statistics stay the same?
Until we get an overhaul of black leadership, we will not see any further significant steps forward. We will not eliminate black on black crime. And until the media starts telling the truth about cases like Ferguson, we will never move past this awful “us vs. them” mentality. Conservatism – the belief that every able-bodied human being can triumph in life – must take root in tough black neighborhoods. It is the only antidote to the cycle of poverty that gives birth to these unfortunate perceptions of injustice.
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