Dear Ferguson Looter:
Last night I rocked my baby to sleep while watching you steal a bottle of $12 vodka from a liquor store your buddies busted the windows at.
You were smug. Proud of yourself for your "protest" and for your loot. But did you realize that you stole much more than a cheap bottle of booze?
There may have been an actual story in Ferguson, but I will never know it. You stole that from the people of your town.
There may be injustice in Ferguson, but I will never know that either. You stole that from the people of your town.
There may be victims of racial tensions, young black men unfairly persecuted, poor people unjustly chastised. But I will never know that about Ferguson. Because you stole those voices, telling their story, along with your bottle of vodka.
I am sure there were peaceful protestors, with some message they wanted to send. Maybe it was one we should all hear. But we won't. Because you also stole that with your bottle of booze.
In fact, most anything positive that could have come from the death of a young man was stolen right along with your vodka.
Now you've told yourself that you did this is the name of "protest". You've tried to align yourself with some of the greatest men our country has ever seen. But that's not true. You're not a protestor. You're a petty thief.
Now probably a petty thief with a bad hangover (nothing is worse than a hangover from cheap vodka).
But with all that you did steal there was one thing you did not-- Justice.
A grand jury still came together in our system, not a perfect system but the best in the world, and despite your threats of uncivilized rampage, they made a decision. A decision that was not popular in Ferguson. A decision that was not helpful for your "cause" or "movement" (unless your only cause is the theft of liquor).
But a decision based on facts. And the fact that you were unable to alter that outcome is, itself, justice.
**Thank you to all who shared my comments, which appear to have reached several thousand people across the country (or at least 30 different states at last count). I appreciate you taking a minute to read my thoughts.