In den letzten Tagen habe ich dann noch diese drei Items dazu gelesen und angesehen, alle super: Ein Interview mit einem sehr smarten Chris Rock („What would you do in Ferguson that a standard reporter wouldn’t?“ – „I’d do a special on race, but I’d have no black people.“), Jonathan Jones im Guardian über das berühmte Bild des schwarzen Teens, der einen weißen Cop umarmt („After all the anger, all the divisions, here is a moment of human reconciliation […] What nonsense. It is one moment among many, and the choice to look at it and celebrate it is clearly a choice to be lulled by cotton candy.“) und Jay Smooth „on Ferguson, riots and human limits“, Transkript davon bei Andy Baio: Black Lives Matter.
Riots are a thing that human beings do because human beings have limits.
We don't all have the same limits. For some of us, our human limit is when our favorite team loses a game. For some of us, it's when our favorite team wins a game.
The people of Ferguson had a different limit than that.
For the people of Ferguson, a lifetime of neglect and de facto segregation and incompetence and mistreatment by every level of government was not their limit.
When that maligned neglect set the stage for one of their children to be shot down and left in the street like a piece of trash, that was not their limit.
For the people of Ferguson, spending 100 days almost entirely peacefully protesting for some measure of justice for that child and having their desire for justice treated like a joke by every local authority was not their limit.
And then after those 100 days, when the so-called "prosecutor" waited until the dead of night to come out and twist that knife one last time, when he came out and confirmed once and for all that Michael Brown's life didn't matter, only then did the people of Ferguson reach their limit.