I was going to report on some progressive things I found while traveling to some of our red states, while on vacation. I’m putting that on the back burner for now. That is because I have been focusing on the shooting of unarmed, Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Brown is African-American and the police officer who shot him six times is white. This article’s comment section, will give you some insight on how black and whites differ on the shooting. I am left wondering where is the NRA on this issue? They are telling people how they may well end up needing guns to fight against an encroaching police state. Is the NRA not concerned if a police state is harassing and shooting black America citizens? After every school shooting there is an outpouring of sympathy and caring for victims of gun violence. Where is that out pouring when the victims are black youths gunned down by police and would be vigilantes? When it is a black victim, there always seems to be a rush to prove the black victim did something that warranted his being beaten, choked to death, or shot half a dozen times.
In the case of the Ferguson shooting, rioting erupted. What if instead, the black community would have heavily armed themselves and stood toe to toe with the police and National Guard? In the case of white rancher, Cliven Bundy in Nevada armed white men from around the country showed up to aid Bundy. They were defending someone who had been stealing taxpayer money for over twenty years, by poaching on government land. Bundy made racist remarks that had the right-wing media flee from supporting him. The right-wing militia guys did not flee and faced down the armed agents of the Bureau of Land Management. These white right-wing militias are opposed to the U.S. turning into a police state. Why did these militias not show up in Ferguson to aid those protesting a police state? I guess many whites are OK with black Americans suffering from a justice system that makes them second class citizens. I’d like to leave on the good things that are happening in Ferguson.
Now for a poem I just wrote about how little peace we have in this world:
The Good Examples are too Few
We have protests in Ferguson, Missouri
over an unarmed black teen’s death
shot six times by a white policeman.
As always the police said they
are going to investigate themselves.
65% of Republicans expressed confidence
in the investigations into the incident.
About the same percent of 7 year olds
say they still believe in Santa Clause.
All over the world, tensions are high,
including unrest over self-rule in the Ukraine.
Practically every country is at war
— in some way or another.
The latest study from the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP)
says just 11 countries aren’t embroiled in conflict right now.
The ranking takes into account
everything from foreign involvement
to unrest on the home turf.
The U.S.is not in the top 100 most peaceful nations
as we come in at 101 on the list.
The 11 countries with the lowest rates of conflict were
Switzerland, Japan, Qatar, Mauritius, Uruguay, Chile,
Botswana, Costa Rica, Vietnam, Panama and Brazil.
They were detached from wars in other countries
and free of internal conflict in their own nation.
Eleven countries is pretty damn pathetic.
But even those countries aren’t home free.
The data from the 2014 report only goes up to the end of 2013,
so events like the protests at the World Cup festivities in Brazil
will change next year’s ranking removing Brazil from the list.
I’m not sure how it got on the current list
as it is ranked number 2 on the earth
in highest sex slave trade for women
and men are also sold as slaves for labor.
As for Switzerland how did it get on the list?
This is a country where “blood” diamonds,
and hard currency passes through Swiss banks
in order to be “laundered.”
There’s no telling how much suffering and violence
people suffered so others could earn these profits.
As far as Qatar is concerned this is a country where
immigrant workers from India and Nepal die
due to unbearable working conditions,
and how many others workers never received any pay.
The violence that is in Botswana is caused by drought
and Aids/HIV which infects a quarter of its population.
Some of these 11 peaceful nations manufacture weapons
and sell them to countries in conflict.
The world is faced with too much greed,
too much fighting over limited resources
including jobs which leads to the cheapening of life
then war and conflict.
I’m not sure I believe in evolution,
maybe it shouldn’t be taught in schools.
After not learning anything from
centuries of war and conflict
can man really claim he has evolved?
Akron’s Jacob Arthur: “Robin” (a tribute to Robin Williams).
“Pit race against race, religion against religion, prejudice against prejudice. Divide and conquer! We must not let that happen here.”
― Eleanor Roosevelt