One looter who came out of a QuickTrip told The Washington Post that he was proud of what he was doing.
“I’m proud of us. We deserve this, and this is what’s supposed to happen when there’s injustice in your community,” DeAndre Smith told The Post.
Here we have the classic example of today’s humanity, where destroying another persons business based on the mindset that one “deserves” something and that something material somehow in some way satisfies that persons anger and pain. It’s as if that everything today, everything materialistic from the new gadgets that blink to the technicolor wonder of 3D screens tries satisfy that hole that resides in our very souls. People binge shop or eat when the daily stresses of life overwhelm them. What did our ancestors do? They prayed to the Gods, they stepped out into Natures embrace, and the most radical of all, spent with family when life became a pain. We have become arrogant, materialism creatures who post our daily lives on Facebook, as if people gave a damn. It’s that sense that we are living like celebrities with our entire lives being spewed into the faces of our “friends”. Why? Why do we feel the need to keep buying stuff we truly don’t need enlarging our personal debt not only in financial ways, but also spiritual ways. We’ve lost the connection between Nature and ourselves and with that we have also lost our connection with each other. With the almost magical wonders technology has bestowed upon us we have attuned ourselves with the cold and callous aspect of the binary code of our gadgets. We look at analog, natural things, with contempt because it isn’t perfect. We see this with the rise of the practice of injecting botulin toxins into our flesh to smooth away wrinkles for a temporary period of time or enlarge breasts with silicon bags. We are no longer human, but rather husks that shame our ancestors daily with our actions. We want more and we want it now! That’s the message of Ferguson these days. It isn’t about how we should respect each other as human beings or the plight of suburbia becoming crushed under foot by the marauding beast of poverty induced by an inept President who has an agenda that isn’t about making America better for all people. No, the message being thrown in our faces is, “Materialism makes us feel better when we’re downtrodden.” and “We want it now!” And in the greed and selfishness of the overly materialistic Ferguson looters is the drowning out of the more important aspect of all this: the death of a human being by the gun of another human being that objectified him rather than regard him as a human being. You see, when we label ourselves black, white, brown, red, yellow…etc….we become objects, not humans. Once you’re labeled you’re easily categorized aka stereotyped and with that stereotype comes the objectification of a human being. Once you see a human being as nothing more than an object and NOT as a fellow human being, a person with a huge ego backed up with powerful weaponry and a sense of authority will treat them callously like an object that can be tossed into the garbage bin.
The looters say enough is enough with police brutality? Well, I say enough is enough with the race labeling and the materialistic attitudes of our society. Once we denounce race for what it is, a barrier between us and true unity of humanity, we will see an explosive growth in innovation, peace and prosperity on this gorgeous planet of ours. Once we start respecting each other, we’ll finally get back to respecting Mother Earth for the life she has given us. Utopian, perhaps, but not unreachable. It’ll just take human beings being respectful of each other and letting go of the pride and ego that has held us back. So, what’s your excuse for not being the change you wish to see? It begins with you.
I end this with a quote from Hellboy 2: The Golden Army, because it makes sense even though it was said by a fictional character. The truth behind this statement rings louder than anything I’ve heard. We have become greedy monsters that are willing to destroying our whole world for stuff that can not possibly go with us when we pass on from this life. Look at Robin Williams, a man who had an amazing career with tons of money, but yet he suffered depression. He has proven that money and materialism is not the source of happiness. A cold and callous object like money does not identify with the human soul. It simply can not. They are absolutely incompatible.
The humans… the humans have forgotten the gods, destroyed the earth, and for what? Parking lots? Shopping malls? Greed had burned a hole in their hearts that will never be filled! They will never have enough! – Prince Nuada from Hellboy 2
As some of us spent the weekend with our families either at reunions, the beach or just stayed home barbequing on the grill Missouri saw others spending time unwisely looting and destroying property shamelessly doing so under the guise of “rage” for the killing of yet another unarmed black youth. It’s heinous enough that there is this epidemic of police brutality occurring in all neighborhoods, towards all races and across the board on all of those within every inch of the socio-economic status. With the militarization of our police and lack of regard for the Constitution by said police it’s not surprising that these events are increasing. However, the problem that is being seen is not a uniting between blacks and whites against the encroaching police state, but rather the continued widening of the rift between all races in this country. This shouldn’t be, but this is exactly how the elitists in power want it to be. Without unity there’s no hope of staving off the police state that we are seeing being built in this country. Keep the people gnawing at each others throats and the State becomes powerful to the point that it is almost omnipotent and immortal.
Scenes like those found here in this post need to stop. The destruction of property unrelated to those oppressing the People of the United States is counter-productive and only hardens the image the urban thug black in the minds of the people. It does nothing to bring to light the issue that caused this in the first place. Instead, what happens is that the killing of the uarmed black youth is buried underneath the selfish acts of the few looting and destroying property takes front and center news time. It doesn’t prevent the killing s of unarmed people in the future since the issue hardly had a chance under the light because of the selfish few who decided violence and stealing from those who help maintain their community with business and products and who had absolutely zero to do with the killing of the unarmed black youth. In reality, these folks are only hurting themselves in the long run. Businesses will not want to open up shop in areas prone to ridiculous and stupid violence such as this! This not a revolutionary stance, it is the manifestation of selfish idiots taking advantage of a tragedy. Nothing more.
So to those cheering this on as the uprising of the oppressed, get a life. This isn’t a revolution. These are criminal acts the solidify the stereotypical black urban thug. If you cheer this on then YOU are the racist. This is sickening and dehumanizing and does nothing to better the state of the innocents who now will suffer rapid loss of businesses in this town. And certainly this does nothing to address the issue of police brutality and the rise of the police state in this country. By supporting these actions you are indirectly supporting racial division and the rise of the fascist police state. So, stop it, address the issue and lets heal the rift between human beings. If we don’t, we’re doomed. Period.