Ferguson Symphony

Posted: October 10, 2014 in Uncategorized
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As you may know, Ferguson, Missouri, is the center of another round of protests. Recently, another black teenager was shot and killed by a police officer. The news says that the teen had a gun and had shot at the policeman whereupon the policeman return fire and it was fatal.

People are protesting once again even though things had not calmed down completely from the shooting of Mike Brown. In fact, the city is currently preparing for a weekend of protests. But that is not what we are really writing about.

Before the most recent shooting, protesters went to a St. Louis Symphony Orchestra concert and right before the second half began, they let down hand-painted posters displaying some information about Mike Brown such as his date of birth and death. They then followed it up with the old civil rights tune, “Which Side are You On?” and then they walked out of the concert hall chanting, “Black lives matter.”

Without taking any sides at all, we can applaud these people for taking serious action for something they believe in. While so many people vehemently oppose certain things like illegal immigration and letting Ebola into our country, they mostly sit at home and complain amongst themselves. We assume that is what they are doing since we sure don’t see anyone out in the streets yelling “We’re mad as hell and we aren’t going to take it anymore!” We hear people talking and hear their concerns, but that is as far as they go. Talk and more talk. Anxious looking faces. Then, inevitably, the talk will turn to “something more pleasant” and life goes on.

The people who think Mike Brown’s death was unjust are getting up and doing something to try to get justice on his behalf. We think that’s what you have to do. You cannot let an issue die if you believe an injustice is happening before your very eyes.

Disclaimer: We do not support the looters. We are not defending either Mike Brown or the policeman.

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