a reply to: SkepticOverlord
If the federal government had prioritized correctly and dealt with this major issue before it would not have reached boiling point like this.
There are three things in the US which risk a major situation of unrest - Race, Politics and Religion.
These three things are the focus of radical thought in your country, with race and politics leading. Religion can take a back seat, but race and
politics cant. They've continuously failed to do anything to resolve these massive problems, while knowing that economic hardship also radicalizes
The very least your government should have done was act to prevent miscarriage of justice when it was clear that the race issue was becoming
The moment people started marching in Ferguson the government should have mobilized to rectify the problem, talking about "hopes" and "plans" is
not good enough. This was ready to boil over already and it seems the US government was just sitting back and saying "we'll have a look at this,
when we get time".
What should the government have done?
1. A federal law requiring citizen review panels for every police force in the country, for every injury or death at the hands of an officer to be
investigated openly and thoroughly in association with a board of citizens of that community.
2. Immediate federal investigation of any police department where the death of a citizen occurs.
3. Immediate suspension and investigation of anyone found to be making inappropriate statements regarding those they are supposed to be serving in
There's plenty more, but you get the idea of the things they didn't even start on.
Unfortunately, this is also another example of how modern technology is uncovering problems that really need to be dealt with. Twenty years ago
millions of people would not have known about the death of a man in custody, and if they did they would have no idea of how common it is. Now we have
social media to tell us all when something has happened, and it's exposing the severity of a problem that was never dealt with.
This is how revolutions started in several other countries, with people finding out the severity of corruption, or the lack of democracy, or the
excessive force of the state... The Egyptian government didn't become more corrupt and abusive toward its people only in the last ten years, the
people just found out how severe the problem was - thanks to the internet. That's what led to the Egyptian revolution, and that's exactly what we
are seeing in our own societies.
We no longer have the local media telling us what happened down the street last night, we have Twitter telling us what's happening all over the world
every day, tailored to our specific interests.