Not about rights anymore

Dear Editor:

Peaceful demonstrations, even riots, can be understood from the perspective of minorities immorally discriminated by the legal injustice of public segregation, as in the America of the 1950s and 1960s. Martin Luther King Jr. called for non-violent freedom of expression and the right to peaceful assembly, but using the excuse of a probably illegal and tragic shooting of Michael Brown on August 9, 2014, and "longstanding racial tensions" to perpetrate violent riots, associated with pillage and plunder, in the America of the 21st century is inexcusable.

In fact, the FBI and the Justice Department, shortly after the incident occurred, announced a "civil rights investigation" of the shooting; Amnesty International sent investigators and trainers on nonviolent-protest methods to local activists; and President Barack Obama immediately expressed condolences to the family and dispatched Attorney General Eric Holder to Ferguson, Missouri. The U.N. Secretary General has called for restraint on the part of the police in responding to the riots, ensuring the protesters' Ferguson MO lootingcivil rights and "the right to peaceful assembly." But that is not what is happening here!

The moral high ground of using the issues of racial tensions and civil rights are lost, frankly, when an inexcusable but isolated police incident is used as a pretext to create mayhem and perpetrate arson and vandalism, not to mention looting and seizing private property — robbery!

As the incident unfolds, it becomes obvious that pillage and plunder are now the real issue — not civil rights and "longstanding racial tensions"— at least for the greater part of vandals creating mayhem, terrorizing and robbing the good people of Ferguson!

Miguel A. Faria Jr., M.D. is associate editor-in-chief and a world affairs editor of Surgical Neurology International and author of “Cuba in Revolution — Escape From a Lost Paradise.”

This letter to the editor was published in the Macon Telegraph on August 25, 2014. 

For the follow up to this article, see Let's not make any more excuses!

Copyright ©2014 Miguel A. Faria, Jr., M.D.

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Pillage and plunder —not about civil rights!

Submitted to the MT (8/25/14)

Daisy Jonesing: Dr. Faria, Thank you! Finally someone that has the GUMPTION!

I also have to wonder when the NEXT Attack upon this nation occurs (and it will) and possibly more than 'one city'!
Are we witnessing in Ferguson, Mo..HOW we can expect most Liberal run states to REACT? Complete BEDLAM! From the Obama Administration all the way down the line!
Because his ENTIRE Administration has tied themselves to Ferguson, Mo.

DeJaVu Katrina/Liberal Run state of Louisiana (and Mayor Nagin was finally indicted).

Georgia Farmer: For all the anti-concealed carry people read this from Chicago:

"Chicago Crime Rate Drops as Concealed Carry Gun Permits Increase," Washington Times, Aug. 24, 2014

An 86-year-old Illinois man with a concealed carry permit fired his weapon at an armed robbery suspect fleeing police last month, stopping the man in his tracks and allowing the police to make an arrest.

Law enforcement authorities described the man as “a model citizen” who “helped others avoid being victims” at an AT&T store outside Chicago where he witnessed the holdup. The man, whose identity was withheld from the press, prevented others from entering the store during the theft.

Police said the robber harassed customers and pistol-whipped one.

Since Illinois started granting concealed carry permits this year, the number of robberies that have led to arrests in Chicago has declined 20 percent from last year, according to police department statistics. Reports of burglary and motor vehicle theft are down 20 percent and 26 percent, respectively. In the first quarter, the city’s homicide rate was at a 56-year low.

Bosque Flores (University of South Carolina): Prof.Cornell West provided an interesting view about the cause of the Ferguson issues. He uses a phrase "arbitrary police power."

"I just give you that as an example in terms of arbitrary police power because in Ferguson we’re talking about arbitrary police power, and this particular instance of it has been going on for a long time. "

I understand what he is referring to here. I remember the many times that some local police force would place fake "Drug Checkpoint" signs on an interstate traveled by those heading to a Grateful Dead show in an effort to trick people into driving into their checkpoints. Or, when police would show up near large whitewater kayaking events around the country to provide "safety checkpoints" at which they would have their drug dogs walk around your car.

So, I am totally on-board with Cornell West and the systemic issue of arbitrary police power. Because I have too have been victimized by their tactics. Just never thought to use that victim status to get free liquor and a television!

Brandon Moseley: This is a problem that disproportionately affects Blacks, but it's troubling nonetheless. Take the officer in North Carolina who shot an unarmed Black man who was just looking for help. Whether or how much race played is unknown, but what is known is that a cop unloaded on an unarmed man. I don't care who it was, that is a troubling sign. I don't like checkpoints either, but, I know the law and what I should and shouldn't do. So it I get popped, that's all on me. I may not like the tactic employed but we have to take responsibility for our actions. My brother in law is a cop in Denver. They know where all of the drug dealer (crack & meth) spots are and they just post up, radio ahead, and stop everyone who leaves the spot. it doesn't seem right, but, the law is the law.