The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral,
begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy.
Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it.
Through violence you may murder the liar,
but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth.
Through violence you may murder the hater,
but you do not murder hate.
In fact, violence merely increases hate.
– Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Although I tend to agree with the arguments presented by left wing politicians and activists, I like to think of myself as an unbiased neutral Switzerland. I don’t like to get into arguments over politics because I see bias in both sides. But I especially don’t get involved when it comes to racial injustices, because I nor my ancestors have not endured what most African Americans endured in the past and present, and don’t feel educated or experienced enough to argue on their behalf, although I support them 100%. But I fully and wholeheartedly believe that an injustice has been made in this case, and something must be said. I think we’ve gotten to a point where some have forgotten what happened nearly sixty years ago, or chose to dismiss it as something we have overcome, whatever the case may be… but writing off racial injustice in the Michael Brown case is just adding fuel to the fire of history repeating itself.
As my friend Isabel ever so eloquently put it:
“What’s happening in Ferguson is not just about this one tragedy, but a much bigger and deeper problem within the community – for them, this was the straw that broke the camel’s back. I have been privileged enough to grow up in an environment where I haven’t had to experience the kind of pain and frustration these people are so obviously feeling, and I hopefully never will. While I may not understand or agree with some of the protesters’ actions, I will do my best to empathize. Maybe if peace is what we all are looking for, we should stop judging and watching, and start listening.”