A group of protestors were gathered at Ferguson Police protesting against the shooting of two police officers shot in Ferguson. Both officers were shot during a demonstration of the resignation of the Chief Police following reports he was racially abused by his colleagues due to his African American background.
This is the first demonstration since the death of the unarmed Black teenager Michael Brown in August. I am in no way condoning the shooting of the 2 Police Officers however I believe enough is enough. A few months ago, I wrote two blogs about the discrimination of unarmed teenagers in Ferguson and the call for African Americans to stand up and be heard.
I have come to a conclusion that racism is deep rooted in American culture and it is never going to change. In recent years, several policemen have got away with the murder of unarmed Black teenagers because they pose as threats, not because they are criminals and in all cases the policemen have got away with killing innocent people.
I understand President Obama’s frustrations about the killing of the Policemen however I believe in equality and if he is seeking justice for the policemen that were shot then surely there should be justice in place for the policemen that killed Eric Garner and Michael Brown but as it stands, that will not happen as they were all declared free so forgive me if I’m wrong but If policemen can shoot and go free then surely citizens should have the same rights.
Just like Malcolm X expresses his views on assertiveness by saying “Nobody can give you freedom. Nobody can give you equality or justice or anything. If you’re a man, you take it.” I am in no position to condone killing as a way of getting across a message however African Americans have been treated unfairly and in my view, If the death of the two policemen will finally get their voices heard then so be it.
This reinforces the work of Schelling ( 1960) who notes Negotiation is the only method of making decisions where interests are opposed. He goes on to state that there has to be a degree of coordinate nonverbal communication. In order to achieve this he adopts three key points which determines the outcomes of negotiation.
- Development of Specific arguments – This involves the idea of discrimination amongst Ethnic minorities in America.
- Development of long-term policies about roles, obligations and privilege – The US government needs to implement laws which favours both Black and White citizens. And give equal punishment to policemen as well as to citizens.
- Mediaton of social change – Once laws are implemented that represent the lives of all race, Americans must then abide by those laws to bring about behaviour change.
In my opinion, I don’t think the Chief Police resigning was the reason why the riots begun, I think African Americans generally need answers to all the African Americans killed over the past few years in Ferguson. The shooting reignited a long-running debate over race and policing that has sporadically flared on social media since Brown’s killing.
What do you think?