What can be said about Ferguson that hasn’t already been said? We’ve all talked about it, read about it, tweeted about it, and literally watched all of it unfold on international television.
All I’m going to do in this post is copy a few quotes that I think are worth sharing. Some of these are from people commenting on Ferguson, and others just stuck out to me as relevant to what’s going on right now. I’m tempted to give thoughts and reflections about these quotes, but instead I’m just going to leave them there.
What’s better to start with than 80’s pop?
Things look so bad everywhere. In this whole world, what is fair? We walk blind and we try to see. Falling behind in what could be. Bring me a higher love. – Steve Winwood “Higher Love”
Not all cops are bad. Not all black people are criminals. And not all white people are racist. Stop labeling. It’s 2014 let’s get equal. – Kevin Hart, comedian.
The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is. – Winston Churchill
We are doing such a grave disservice to police officers in this country by pushing a narrative that they are just going around looking to shoot and kill black people. Somebody needs to tell me why Michael Brown has been chosen as the face of black oppression. – Joe Scarborough, MSNBC.
People [are] saying one thing when the camera’s on and then saying something completely different when the camera gets turned off, because they’re somehow afraid they’ll be called racist if they tell the truth. – Joe Scarborough again.
We must find common ground, but you can only find common ground with facts on the table. – Rev. Al Sharpton
These demonstrations have been a sobering reminder that St. Louis still exists. – Stephen Colbert. Too funny. Had to add.
There is not a liberal America and a conservative America – there is the United States of America. There is not a black America and a white America and latino America and asian America – there’s the United States of America. – Barack Obama
I’M HOPELESS, because I’ve lived long enough to expect things like this to continue to happen. I’m not surprised and at some point my little children are going to inherit the weight of being a minority and all that it entails… I’M HOPEFUL, because I know that while we still have race issues in America, we enjoy a much different normal than those of our parents and grandparents. I see it in my personal relationships with teammates, friends and mentors. And it’s a beautiful thing. – NFL TE Benjamin Watson
I know for sure we’re all in this together. And in a thousand years we still won’t get it right. – Pat Green “Footsteps of our Fathers”
We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools. – MLK