Please see my poem above that addresses #Ferguson and other problems within the black community.
Happy Thanksgiving friends and family. Please enjoy each other on this day, and make someone smile, everyone needs it.
Discussions about #Ferguson may arise at your dinner table today. There will obviously be differing opinions on the matter. Whether you feel like justice has or hasn't been served, my challenge to all people, of all races, is to take this discussion outside of your race and your homes.
Black people, talk about the #Ferguson issue with your white, conservative friends. Whites, ask blacks you know about their experiences with law enforcement.
We may never understand the issues of particular ethnic groups other than ourselves if we don't accept that other Americans deal with issues that our personal experiences don't allow us to relate to. That is why progressive conversation is important. Reach out to police officers. All cops are not bad people. There are many great cops in America with an opinion about these racial and law enforcement issues.
Minorities other than blacks and whites are discussing #Ferguson. Latino men are often harassed by police. Middle Eastern men are stereotyped as terrorists. It would be progressive to begin dialogue on #Ferguson that breaks racial barriers. It will help all of us gain a better understanding once the media hype passes away.
Many black people, myself included, have had a poor relationship with law enforcement since our teenage years, causing distrust. Young black males are 21 times more likely of being shot dead by police than their white counterparts according to a ProPublica analysis of federally collected data on fatal police shootings. Racial profiling is real. Black people aren't making this up.
Conservative whites aren't racist because they think that Brown was guilty. Some people fully believe the testimony of Officer Wilson. Additionally, Black people aren't just complaining because Brown is black. Many of us believe that justice is never served with young black men because of our history and personal experiences. Let's put our feelings and pride aside when discussing this issue.