White people don’t want to talk about Ferguson. Which is why we need to.

11 thoughts on “White people don’t want to talk about Ferguson. Which is why we need to.”

  1. I don’t want to talk about Ferguson, because there’s already been way too much talk about it by those who have no idea of what really happened. I’m all for confronting the race elephant in the room, but rushing to judgment about the racist motives of another person is as bad as being racist ourselves.

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    1. The race conversation about what is happening in Ferguson goes far beyond the shooting incident and whether the police officer had any form of racial bias. An entire community feels disenfranchised by THEIR police department and it is playing out on TV and social media across the whole nation/world. There is plenty to talk about that NEEDS to be talked about even before the outcome of the shooting investigation.

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  2. This is quite true. Although America may have a black president, racism is still a prevalent issue, evident on the streets and in the mentality of many people. Honestly, I don’t think there will be a time when everyone becomes acceptive of another’s skin colour, because history has a tendency to repeat itself. Perceptions, however inaccurate and baseless, stay in place for a very long time, as seen in the Ferguson case.

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  3. Nicely stated, Ben.

    It bears mentioning that the rising militarized police state is at work here, besides any racist overtones that are also present.

    Those who boil down the crisis in Ferguson and only find Racism, are missing an even larger part of the story:

    A maturing, metastizing police state in our midst, from seeds we unwisely planted mostly in the 90’s and 2000’s. The military hardware paid for to prosecute the “unwinnable” and amorphous, vaguely defined ‘war on terror’, has come home to our local hometown police departments and county sheriffs.

    Consider:

    The late scholar Chalmers Johnson used to say, “Either give up your empire, or live under it,” referring to the truth that foreign empires tend to lead to domestic police states that then gradually encroach on the rights of ALL citizens, black, white & otherwise.

    Presented for your consideration here, are a couple of excellent articles.

    “Turning America into a War zone, where ‘We The People’ are the enemy”

    http://www.lewrockwell.com/2014/08/john-w-whitehead/youre-the-target/

    “Give Up Your Domestic Empire, or Live Under It”

    http://antiwar.com/blog/2014/08/20/give-up-your-domestic-empire-or-live-under-it/

    I was amongst those many Americans who in 2007 were shocked to hear Dr. Ron Paul explain during the presidential debates – recall his ‘showdown’ with “hero mayor” Rudy Giuliani – the insider details on how we had just reaped the natural consequence of our CIA’s de-stabilizing of the nations of the Middle East in the 1950’s and beyond.

    I did some serious study thereafter – of some of the books on ‘Rudy’s reading list’ that Dr. Paul suggested to bring the ‘Reality Check’ that he briefly highlighted during the debates – and found that a whole nefarious history had been hidden from us, and now, the have no context for the ‘Blowback’ that we are experiencing.

    Anyhow, thanks for your blog, Ben, and doing the work a Christian should do: being Salt & Light, so that the world may be more the place He would have it to be.

    And for us to perceive the duty we have in working to make it so.

    In Christ & Liberty,

    David in East Texas

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    1. FWIW, I share your concerns about the militarization of the police force. I think we have address it along with the the persistent impact of racial discrimination.

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      1. Yes, indeed Ben, the racism is also a factor, no doubt.

        My point was, it’s not the only factor, or at least, not the only one at issue here.

        It is at first glance, the most visible factor, true enough.

        Trouble is, it’s also the most polarizing & thus, the easiest one to camp on at the exclusion of others, even more fundamental to ALL our safety & well being.

        I think the even the growth of the police state isn’t the sole issue, rather a symptom.

        It seems that folks of all colors, black, white, brown or red or whatever, looking to humans & human leadership as a secularist hierarchy that is capable of setting things to rights, (absent self government under God, from individuals & families) that empowers the STATE, that is more to blame.

        This tendency to look to the State for solutions & justice, instead of taking individual responsibility at the most fundamental personal level, is the cause of what I’ll term a Statist Idolatry.

        Statist Idolatry knows no bounds. We all have it to some degree. Whites have a certain type, Blacks a slightly different type. Democrats have their version (Unlimited Welfare, anyone ?) Republicans have theirs (Warfare around the Globe ? Unlimited Police powers to keep those ‘losers’ down ?)

        Then the State, once it has gained power, uses that power to separate us into sub-categories of racial divisions, political divisions, gender divisions, nationalist divisions, into competing factions that then war against each other.

        All of that to distract us from the real issue: Trying to live our lives disconnected from God & His ways.

        This is so unwise, and so unnecessarily tragic. Only Christianity & self government under Jesus Christ, has the antidote for this sickness.

        The LORD has made ‘all men from one blood to dwell on the face of the earth’ (Acts 17…..so racism of any type is excluded.

        In fact, after reading Acts 17, Nationalism isn’t looking very promising, either.

        Of course, there is much more to be said of the root causes of the battle between Christ & Caesar, between the ‘City of God’ & the ‘City of Man’.

        Let’s just say that our most fundamental allegiance is on the line.

        My job as loving father & Christian is to try to discern the struggle & make sure we’re ‘fighting the good fight of faith’ and not being satisfied by mere partisan talking points, that divide us up into camps & take us in circles.

        Thank you for your time, Ben.

        David

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  4. The Ferguson story reminds me of Nazi Germany and the short narrative, I don’t remember the author, spoke about when the Nazi’s came after the gypsies, he said nothing, because he wasn’t a gypsy. Then they came after the trade unionists and he said nothing because he wasn’t a member of that group either. Finally, they came after him and there was nobody to stand up for him because everyone else was gone.
    If you don’t walk the entire Gospel, your Christianity is a joke.

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