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This might should get moved to ABF, but ....this is by FAR the most insightful, honest and eloquent piece I have read about Ferguson, Mo:

At some point while I was playing or preparing to play Monday Night Football, the news broke about the Ferguson Decision. After trying to figure out how I felt, I decided to write it down. Here are my thoughts:

I'M ANGRY because the stories of injustice that have been passed down for generations seem to be continuing before our very eyes.

I'M FRUSTRATED, because pop culture, music and movies glorify these types of police citizen altercations and promote an invincible attitude that continues to get young men killed in real life, away from safety movie sets and music studios.

I'M FEARFUL because in the back of my mind I know that although I'm a law abiding citizen I could still be looked upon as a "threat" to those who don't know me. So I will continue to have to go the extra mile to earn the benefit of the doubt.

I'M EMBARRASSED because the looting, violent protests, and law breaking only confirm, and in the minds of many, validate, the stereotypes and thus the inferior treatment.

I'M SAD, because another young life was lost from his family, the racial divide has widened, a community is in shambles, accusations, insensitivity hurt and hatred are boiling over, and we may never know the truth about what happened that day.

I'M SYMPATHETIC, because I wasn't there so I don't know exactly what happened. Maybe Darren Wilson acted within his rights and duty as an officer of the law and killed Michael Brown in self defense like any of us would in the circumstance. Now he has to fear the backlash against himself and his loved ones when he was only doing his job. What a horrible thing to endure. OR maybe he provoked Michael and ignited the series of events that led to him eventually murdering the young man to prove a point.

I'M OFFENDED, because of the insulting comments I've seen that are not only insensitive but dismissive to the painful experiences of others.

I'M CONFUSED, because I don't know why it's so hard to obey a policeman. You will not win!!! And I don't know why some policeman abuse their power. Power is a responsibility, not a weapon to brandish and lord over the populace.

I'M INTROSPECTIVE, because sometimes I want to take "our" side without looking at the facts in situations like these. Sometimes I feel like it's us against them. Sometimes I'm just as prejudiced as people I point fingers at. And that's not right. How can I look at white skin and make assumptions but not want assumptions made about me? That's not right.

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.

I'M ENCOURAGED, because ultimately the problem is not a SKIN problem, it is a SIN problem. SIN is the reason we rebel against authority. SIN is the reason we abuse our authority. SIN is the reason we are racist, prejudiced and lie to cover for our own. SIN is the reason we riot, loot and burn. BUT I'M ENCOURAGED because God has provided a solution for sin through the his son Jesus and with it, a transformed heart and mind. One that's capable of looking past the outward and seeing what's truly important in every human being. The cure for the Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice and Eric Garner tragedies is not education or exposure. It's the Gospel. So, finally, I'M ENCOURAGED because the Gospel gives mankind hope.

Edit: I am Jewish, so I am inclined to edit the Gospel part out. I personally do not feel that "The Gospel" is necessary to find solutions to these problems. But certainly, the VALUES that Jesus taught (which I believe are essentially common foundations for any faith or healthy culture) are an excellent starting point.

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Had to ruin it with the religious part eh. I for one don't need Jesus to tell me to not be racist.

Oh well, still a fantastic piece of writing.

i like how i am always told to be tolerant. be tolerant of other cultures. be tolerant of other races. be tolerant of other sexes. be tolerant of sexualities. be tolerant of other religions....but then anytime someone brings up Christianity, it is okay to bash it. smh.

why cant you just tolerate the religious part and not make it the focus if you dont share his belief? it just makes you look ignorant..and likely hypocritical.

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if that's where he finds his strength, then what's wrong with that?

Nothing. But saying religion is the 'cure' is absolutely false.

i like how i am always told to be tolerant. be tolerant of other cultures. be tolerant of other races. be tolerant of other sexes. be tolerant of sexualities. be tolerant of other religions....but then anytime someone brings up Christianity, it is okay to bash it. smh.

why cant you just tolerate the religious part and not make it the focus if you dont share his belief? it just makes you look ignorant..and likely hypocritical.

As I said, it was a fantastic piece of writing. The religious part just detracts from a very eloquent message he was sending.

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i like how i am always told to be tolerant. be tolerant of other cultures. be tolerant of other races. be tolerant of other sexes. be tolerant of sexualities. be tolerant of other religions....but then anytime someone brings up Christianity, it is okay to bash it. smh.

why cant you just tolerate the religious part and not make it the focus if you dont share his belief? it just makes you look ignorant..and likely hypocritical.

Because Christianity teaches you to love one another, so it's not threatening to your health.. Unlike another religion that has everyone scared straight of being beheaded if you dont conform or draw a cartoon of their messiah.

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Nothing. But saying religion is the 'cure' is absolutely false.

As I said, it was a fantastic piece of writing. The religious part just detracts from a very eloquent message he was sending.

i realize its "cool" to be anti-religious right now. i understand you need to look "cool".

but if you really are so intelligent and you are that much better than religious people, shouldnt you be able to understand why you dont need to focus on that part of it? shouldnt you have the mental capacity to look past that and not frown upon anything religious? i mean, really, is it necessary to knock on religion at every opportunity, even though it was clearly not threatening you in any way at all?

wouldnt it be pretty easy to just read the parts of the message that you enjoyed and agreed with, ignore anything that bothered you, and move on? show some tolerance.

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As long as someone treats everyone else with dignity, I couldn't care less what religion you are. Hardcore religious people give mainstream religious people a bad name i.e. gay bashing , beheadings, women's rights, etc.

and those types of people are likely going to be ignorant with or without religion. they just choose to use the religion as a means of justifying their ignorance
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if that's where he finds his strength, then what's wrong with that?

Oh my god, you and I are in agreement. Breakthrough

Nothing. But saying religion is the 'cure' is absolutely false.

As I said, it was a fantastic piece of writing. The religious part just detracts from a very eloquent message he was sending.

Religion is poison, but I personally believe that a relationship with your creator is a step to a cure

But by the same token, would you consider the music of August Burns Red compromised in any way due to their Christian beliefs or lyrics?

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