|From http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-08-14/ferguson-erupts-after-michael-brown-shooting/5670532 (more photos there)|
From the New York Times: "In Wake of Clashes, Calls to Demilitarize Police"
From an op-ed in the NYT, written by folks from the Friends Committee on National Legislation: "Get the Military off of Main Street: Ferguson Shows the Risks of Militarized Policing"
From an op-ed in the Huffington Post religion section: "What White People Can Do About the Killing of Black Men in America"
From Bill Moyers/Tom Dispatch: "The Criminalization of Everyday Life"
From Mother Jones: "How Did America's Police Get to Militarized?"
From Bill Moyers/AlterNet: "Not Just Ferguson: 11 Eye-opening Facts about America's Militarized Police Forces"
From The Daily Banter: "Two Americas: Ferguson, Missouri Versus the Bundy Ranch, Nevada"
From The Concourse: "America Is Not for Black People"
From Think Progress: "The Racist Housing Policies that Helped to Fuel Anger in Ferguson"
Really, I could go on and on. Racism -- institutionalized racism -- is nothing new in America. It has been called the "original sin" of the USA. The militarization of police, however, is a relatively new phenomenon. It is alarming. Put institutionalized racism and militarized police together, and it is a formula for tragedy and injustice.
I'll close by sharing a piece in the Huffington Post by (UU minister) Rev. Meg Riley, called "Up to Our Necks"