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Ferguson Tweeters

One of the reason I have been sharing info about Ferguson is that I started following some residents on twitter soon after the shooting and have learned about things that MSM haven’t covered, such as police raiding a church that was set up as a safe place for protesters to relax. That one incident would have been at the forefront of Christian blogs and media if it were any other situation. In another place there would have been an uproar. But white Christian America could only see the two nights of looting/violence and nothing else. And first hand accounts of how the police handled the protest from people who were not looting, rioting, or tossing molotav cocktails give a different perspective than CNN. Some were even standing up to the looters.

I know it can be confusing when I share these things. Some don’t understand that I just want their voice to be heard, without agreeing with everything said. I am trying to encourage empathy. But I can’t help how you take it. I realize some don’t want to hear a different side of the story. Hope it is interesting and enlightening for someone.

These people are why my heart has been touched by the situation.

@antoniofrench
@Nettaaaaaaaa
@deray

Here are some thoughts (tweets) from Netta

My age, the fact that I am a woman with a vision and a voice that people choose to listen to… That bothers some. But I will defend that.

Never had an immediate problem w/the police til my friend was shot & killed this summer. Slandered by police, his death swept under the rug.

On days when I’m disgusted by the police or by the trolls who defend the trolls, when the news portrays protesters as animals …I think of how Mike Brown’s parents must feel. How it feels to have your child be killed and placed on trial by America to defend his killer

I am black. And I am not a savage. Or an animal. Or violent. I am nothing the mainstream media depicts us to be. I am me.

I want the right to express every human emotion just like every other person of any kind of race without judgement. We all deserve that.

I want the guys from the hood to feel comfortable raising their young princes the same way the middle class man is w/his young dignitaries.

I want the right to live freely and not have someone police my emotions or thoughts or feelings or how I choose to express myself.

Hard making yourself realize the place you grew up loving is the same place here tragedy on a mass level potentially is going to take place.

I grew up loving Saint Louis. Taking proud of my city. We grew up here. And now ppl who look like me are being shot & killed like prey.

We have to discuss safe spaces where the police can not come with their guns or intimidation tactics but the news Sho

I don’t want to see or find out about someone I’ve grown close to in 81 days dying in the streets for protesting, after a no indictment.ws it vice versa.

I want to try to conserve all human life. I want to be able to offer solutions to our immediate problems. That’s realistic.

It takes a LOT of restraint to be next to the man who ordered protesters to be tear gassed. Shot with rubber bullets. That is me.

Hard to hear the man who ordered for us to be shot with rubber bullets to now say trust him.

How do we protect even sacred spaces like churches from police invasion. That is a real life issue. In middle America.

I wish I could wake up tomorrow and the world see value in black life across the board. No matter how uncomfortable some of us make you feel

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Dark Emotions have Value

“We have lost our connection to the dark side of the sacred. We prize status, power, consumerism, and distraction, and there is no room for darkness in any of that. Americans tend to have a naivete about life, always expecting it to be rosy. When something painful happens, we feel that we are no good, that we have failed at achieving a good life. We have no myths to guide us through the painful and perilous journeys of the dark emotions, and yet we all suffer these journeys at some point. We have high rates of depression, anxiety and addiction in this country, but we have no sense of the sacred possibilities of our so-called illnesses. Instead we have a medical culture. Suffering is considered pathology, and the answer to suffering is pharmacology.”

Miriam Greenspan, author of Healing Through the Dark Emotions: The Wisdom of Grief, Fear, and Despair, in an interview

can’t wait to get this book! Could the “American Idol” of optimism be a source of some of our problems?

Something That Really Bothers Me

Until I read these articles, I had not thought about the use of drone strikes or what it actually meant.  It seemed like a good alternative.

Why I Refuse to Vote for Obama (by the way, Romney is for the same practice so you can’t use this against the President if you support Mitt)

This article, which gives some sad details, is why I am upset:  BBC US Drone War in Pakistan

(Note that it’s not an American news outlet)

Along with everything else, the lesser evil is still evil.

So, I get to choose to vote for a party that supports killing unborn Americans.

Or, I get to vote for a party that supports killing born foreigners.

Can’t wait til Election Day.  Can you?

Why So Negative?

Why drudge up the past? Why point out the sins of our forefathers?  No one is perfect.

Well, first of all, as seen by the recent pulling of David Barton’s book, there is some confusion about American history.

It’s easy for God-Haters and America-Idolizers to have an agenda and say things that aren’t the whole Truth.

I don’t want my kids to have blind allegiance to America any more than I want them to have blind faith in Christ.

There should be some good reasons.  Knowledge is Power.  Knowing is half the battle.  Even discovering things that don’t sit well with what I believe.

Did the colonists do any good? Sure. Were they Satanic and pure evil.  NO!

What should they have done? What would you or I have done in their situation?

This is what they could have done:

“As Christians the English settlers should have gone beyond merely dealing fairly with the Indians.  From the very beginning, they could have come to America with the thought of being a blessing to the Indians.”

“…the blessings I am talking about are practical blessings that would have made the Indians want to be friends with the white man.  To illustrate, William Bradford mentions in “Plymouth Plantation” that the local Indians could grow much more corn once the English supplied them with metal hoes in exchange for furs.”

“Imagine the goodwill the English would have created if they had come to America with stockpiles of metal hoes, copper kettles, and tinderboxes to give to the Indians–rather than stockpiles of weapons.” (p. 26-27)

(the main “blessing” they offered the Indians was military alliances.  The tribes who aligned with the settles didn’t fare better than the others in the long run)

“Instead of forming alliances with specific tribes to help them defeat their enemies, the Christian settlers should have taught the Indian tribes to love and bless their enemies.  They should have taught them to exchange their instruments of war for instruments of peace.  But, of course, it’s hard to teach someone else to obey commandments of Jesus when you aren’t practicing them yourself.” (p. 29)

More quotes from Bercot before I get to the the ugliness of slavery.  It made me sick reading about it so maybe I will spare you.

And, now Bercot reveals himself to be a naive peacenik.  Obviously, not a very good American.  Maybe we shouldn’t trust what he writes.