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FERGUSON: If the Problem’s Been So Bad for So Long — Where’s the Record?

Concerning Ferguson: if racism within the police department was such a terrible problem during the last few years, where was the outcry nine months ago, a year ago, two years ago, three years ago?
 
If staffing according to race was part of the problem, how many black people applied to be police officers?
 
If discrimination and profiling were glaringly obvious, then how many people filed complaints against the department?
 
How many took their concerns to the chief of police or the city council?
 
How many wrote letters to the editor?
 
How many sued the city and the department?
 
In other words, if racism was a serious problem, you’d think people would use legitimate, existing avenues of redress to actually solve a problem. And if you cannot find evidence of serious efforts to solve a problem through official, readily available channels, what does that say about the severity of the alleged problem?
 
It seems to me Holder’s DOJ had to come up with some kind of indictment against the Ferguson police given all the hype and condemnation in the wake of the Michael Brown shooting.
 
And it appears likely that as with the false narrative centered on raised hands and “Don’t Shoot”, reports of rampant racism within the department were exaggerated for political reasons, resulting now in more violence, staff resignations, and the shooting of police officers in Ferguson recently.
 
Meanwhile, any alleged problem goes unsolved, and is indeed made worse.  Now we have voices telling us protesters had nothing to do with shooting police in Ferguson.  We are told white people shot the police as a set up to make black protesters look bad.

Really?  Or is it rather true some people prefer violence and making matters worse?
 
Consequently, do we have a right to doubt the integrity of people who claim they want a solution, when their behaviors indicate they prefer the never-ending problem?
 
After all, the lifeblood of redistribution flows from the continuous picking of the scab.

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Allan Erickson

About the author, Allan Erickson:

Allan Erickson—Christian, husband, father, journalist, businessman, screenwriter and author of The Cross & the Constitution in the Age of Incoherence, Tate Publishing, 2012, serves on the board of www.RestoreAmerica.org. He is available to speak in churches addressing the topics of faith and freedom. Register & Vote! Contact: allanlerickson@gmail.com

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