Monday, August 18, 2014

The Next Fergusons

The conditions in Ferguson, Missouri are horribly volatile. The National Guard has been called in, and tension is high. The promise of further unrest, violence and conflict hangs heavy in the air.

All of the ingredients that came together to produce this situation in Ferguson exist in many other places in the country. Minority neighborhoods, high unemployment, poor education, poorly trained and highly armed mostly white police forces combine to create the potential for more flash points with similar outcomes.

The country will continue to divide along racial and economic lines.That trend is clear as day. I believe that there will be Ferguson-like situations played out with more frequency going forward. Those at the bottom have nothing to lose, and those at the top will continue to employ the oppressive policies that perpetuate their position.

Violent domestic turmoil may be part of a new normal for this country. 

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