Ferguson Riots

What would you do if everyone around you was committing crimes to “justify” a wrong-doing of a single person? The people fighting against that single wrong-doer are committing crimes that have little or nothing to do with the case at hand. Would you join the rioters, or the police, or would you just hide in the dark, stay silent and wait for it all to blow over? These are questions that citizens of Ferguson, Missouri have to ask themselves. On August 9, 2014, a police officer, Darren Wilson, shot and fatally wounded Michael Brown, an 18 year old African-American. The arguments of this situation keep persisting and the evidence is building a bit towards the side of Darren Wilson’s case. Even though Wilson could be justified in his actions, there are always less lethal options than going for a gun, and this is why citizens of Ferguson and many other groups are fighting against unjust police forces.

The actions of this police officer and many others can be seen as unjust and inhumane. If we let them go and keep moving on with our daily lives, the unjust killings will get more frequent, and we will become more and more desensitized to their effects. People have the right to overthrow, or in this case, protest a corrupt justice system. But, in these protests, the protesters are not civilized and looking towards a pure, peaceful, and powerful objective. The rioters in this incident are purposely stealing, vandalizing, and committing crimes rather than trying to go at this problem from a peaceful perspective. They could change the way that the justice system works in their state, or even in all of the US, but since they approached the problem with anger and hatred, they can’t get anything done. If anything, they are making the problem worse because the people that they are trying to persuade have to clean up from the mess they are making. Our parents even teach us this from a young age. As a child, you don’t feel strongly about a big problem such as the Ferguson riots, but, you might feel strongly about having another cookie after dinner. When you go to ask your parents to receive this treat, you don’t say,”Hey! Give me another cookie!” Obviously, this wouldn’t get you anywhere and would probably get you sent to your room. But if you approached your parents peacefully and tried to persuade them, they might reward you with what you want. We need to see that this simple example that we learned when we were children still applies in adulthood. If the rioters in Ferguson, Missouri were to go at this situation with peaceful persuasion, I might not be talking about this today.

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