I, normally, do not allow myself to become enmeshed in big news stories. It is a preference. I don’t feel that the spin given on most of them is very fair. I mean, nearly every source leans one way or another. I just allow things to come into my life through the Internet, people, and circumstances and that nearly always balances out after a time. This is what I have done with Ferguson. I am not going there; I have never been there. So, my personally affecting what is going on there is slim. I do need an opinion on it, but, as with all major items, that opinion becomes clouded, hopefully clearing up with time.
I saw this clip this morning and it helped to bring things into perspective. I am not saying it is the ALL-TIME, ANSWER EVERYTHING clip. I am just saying that I have already heard the big hype from both sides. This just pointed some things out. First, here is the clip.
Now, assuming you watched the clip, I can pretty well guess a lot of the reactions to it. Unsurprisingly, a lot of my opinion on how you took the clip was based on your race. But, what I ask here is: Is this clip biased? Before you give me a resounding answer either way, let me just remind you of this: Ferguson IS racially biased. IT IS! The problem gets really bad when you really that it is racially biased on TWO fronts.
This is a national spot in which the white people swing one way and the black people swing the other. I know this is not surprising, but what may surprise you is that when I asked if the clip was biased, both sides probably hollered “yes” for one reason or another.
My feeling is that minorities (speaking mostly of black here, but that isn’t the whole story anymore) are not always given a fair shake. There is a movement, however, that is seeking to rectify it. And, the interesting thing is, a lot of white people are trying to help with the rectification. The world (at least, the US) is going through a very tough time racially. We have been for a long time, but the problem is approaching some kind of head. My hope is that, when the time for decision-making, swings full around, that we don’t end up with the same situation and just different players on both sides.
Please everyone, all races, pray for us to figure this deal out and solve it in such a way that future violence is minimized and that, in the end, all races can hold their heads up high and say: We all did it!!!
Just a thought, just my opinion.