The only thing safe to say about Ferguson is the ability to say that it is definitely a warzone right now. Protestors are not letting up and neither are the police officers.
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has issued a state of emergency and is enforcing an evening curfew after alleged looters attacked local businesses in Ferguson.
The curfew starts at midnight and ends at 5:00 am local time.
While this seems to Missouri officials as a temporary fix or resolution, I cannot help but wonder why our President has not stepped in just a little bit further and said more than a couple of words about what is happening right now.
America is known for making it our business to step in and try to control horrendous situations in other countries, but it seems like we cannot get a drop of help on our own land.
Policemen in Ferguson are arresting people left and right—including the media, but in some of the released images, these officers have not a badge in sight on their uniforms. Is that not against the law?
Where is the national regulation? The regulation that we get when schools and movie theaters are shot up, where is it now?
I completely understand the caution that our President has to take when discussing an issue as tender as the one at hand simply because there are so many cards on the table: race, police brutality, crimes and their justifications (or lack thereof), etc. I just think about how quickly solutions are implemented in other situations.
President Obama said yesterday: “While I understand the passions and the anger that arise over the death of Michael Brown, giving into that anger by looting or carrying guns, and even attacking the police only serves to raise tensions and stir chaos.”
He proceeded to say that he is aware of the “gulf of mistrust” between African Americans and police and that it is something that cannot be ignored.
The question now is what will be done about it.