Am I wrong for being offended, or am I just overreacting? In preparation for the Grand Jury decision in the Michael Brown case in Ferguson, Missouri, the National Guard has been put on stand by, Missouri governor Jay Nixon has declared a state of emergency, shops and stores have boarded up their windows, and the nation is waiting for violence and mayhem to ensue. Alll under the assumption that the African-American resident's of Ferguson are going to riot, loot, and destroy the city if the Grand Jury does not decide to charge officer Darren Wilson the murder of Michael Brown. I have never heard of a government official declaring a state of emergency before the emergency actually existed, and the idea that anyone would do so is ludacris.
In my opinion, this assumption is insulting, inscindiary, and devisive. In addition to giving some indication as to what the decision will be, it also primes the public by leaving an indullable impression of those who are protesting. The implication is that there can't possibly be peace even though there is not sign or evidence that there will not be. In fact the only group who is threatening violence is the Kiu Klux Klan, who have openly supported Governor Nixon. This hate group is nothing more than a gang of home grown terrorist, yet they have not been targeted.
I implore the African-American community in Ferguson not to bring these dubious predictions into fruition should the Grand Jury decide not to charge officer Wilson. Rioting in a town already on alert is a losing battle not worth fighting!