21 Reasons Why White People Should Care About What Happens In Ferguson

Outrage In Missouri Town After Police Shooting Of 18-Yr-Old Man

by Melissa Cordner

If I hear one more person claim the people of Ferguson are “just playing the race card,” I am going to scream. If one more person tells me to calm down because Ferguson “doesn’t affect me,” I am going to scream. The truth, of course, is that we’ve all been screaming for ten days… or for hundreds of years.

WHITE PEOPLE—THIS AFFECTS YOU. White people—I care because I, as an American citizen, CANNOT afford not to. White people—you cannot afford not to care either. Here are some reasons why white people need to educate themselves about, and get involved with, what is going on in Ferguson. Each of these points affects you—your community, your government, your media, your country, your life. Your continued silence on each of these issues implies your continued compliance with them.

  1. The basics: an UNARMED TEENAGER was shot six times by a police officer. This is a problem no matter what color or nationality or sex or religion or sexual orientation or what-have-you the teenager was. This would also be a problem no matter the age of the person, but the fact the victim was eighteen and starting college within a week adds a particular type of horror to the situation.

  2. Some people are saying we should care because “it could be you/your child.” This isn’t strictly true. White people don’t get gunned down for no reason in broad daylight by law enforcement. Black people, however, hear this kind of story about people who look like them all the time. FOUR UNARMED BLACK MEN (that we KNOW OF) HAVE BEEN KILLED BY POLICE OFFICERS IN THE LAST MONTH (Google Eric Garner, John Crawford III, and Ezell Ford; I’ll wait). Black people of all genders are murdered or assaulted by law enforcement figures by the HUNDREDS each year; they are treated far rougher and often sentenced far more harshly than white people who are suspected of committing the same crime.

  3. The fact that you are basically immune to the type of terror many Black people face every day is exactly why you should care. Those voices may not be heard, while YOUR voice has the power to make a difference about it. That is what white privilege is. It is not your fault you were born with it; it is your fault if you aren’t using it for good.

  4. White culture is one of distrusting anyone different than you. We were raised with it. Racism is not usually blatant or even intentional; it is in the way you put your hand over your wallet when a Black man passes you on the sidewalk, or the way you really mean “Black neighborhood” when you say “bad neighborhood,” or the way you never question that the Black guy is never innocent on TV crime shows. You have been brainwashed into being a jerk and perpetuating the system you (even unintentionally) benefit from. Many aspects of the current struggle in Ferguson are proof of this; your silence on it is more obvious proof still.

  5. If this was a white unarmed teenager, and the offending officer was first protected by a staunch commitment to anonymity by the police department, and later revealed but not arrested, the ENTIRE NATION would look like Ferguson looks right now. Black people are not “playing the race card”—Black people are speaking out against a systematic centuries-old oppression of which law enforcement is an intrinsic part. Families that look like Mike Brown’s teach their children not to make sudden movements in front of a police officer as surely as families that look like mine teach their children not to merge without checking their blind spot.

  6. Some people say that Mike Brown COULD have charged at the officer, COULD have intended to grab his gun. I ask those people; even if this is true, and we can’t say it is, since when are police officers trained to shoot to kill aggressive teenagers? Officers are only allowed to shoot to kill if their or another innocent person’s life is in danger, or if the target is fleeing the scene of a felony; neither of these are true in this case. Do you want your police officers to go unpunished for breaking this rule, for murdering someone for jaywalking? I literally jaywalk almost every day; no one has ever shot me about it.

  7. Folks who are arguing that the shooting officer ‘has no disciplinary record’ of past violence or complaints against him may be unaware of what this really means. Darren Wilson HAS NO DISCIPLINARY RECORD, period, because disciplinary records are not kept on an individual basis by the Ferguson police department. Police officers are not held accountable for their own actions even when similar complaints are repeatedly filed against them, because no organized personal record of those complaints or actions is kept. Police are also not required to report “unjustifiable” killings, but only “justifiable” ones, to be recorded in annual police shooting statistics, which means that the statistics you and I have access to are inaccurate, and potentially wildly so.

  8. The police department’s responses to this entire thing has been dishonest in a way that is nothing short of terrifying. They tried claiming Brown assaulted a police officer, even though eyewitness reports and autopsy results reveal that at LEAST the first shot was fired from INSIDE THE CAR, and others were fired while Brown had his hands in the air and was facing the officer. They tried claiming Brown robbed a store five minutes beforehand, even though the footage shows someone in an entirely different outfit and the shooting officer was unaware of the robbery at the time of the shooting. Law enforcement has blatantly lied to the public—that’s you—multiple times already concerning this case. How often do they lie without being caught?

  9. The fact that the police department and some media outlets have been trying to tarnish Brown’s name with vague propaganda about his character is important. Some individual officers, including Marc Catron in Kansas City, have gone so far as to circulate faked photographs of Brown with a gun. Your police and media are trying to tell you that murder is justifiable based on their personal judgments of character. Do you want to live in a country in which you could be shot because a random stranger with a badge decided you weren’t a nice person that day?  

  10. This senseless character defamation has also been applied to individual officers; Missouri Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson has been accused by various media outlets (including CNN) of flashing “gang signs” in photographs with Ferguson community members. This “gang sign” is in fact a regularly used greeting by members of Kappa Alpha Psi, a Divine Nine fraternity of which Johnson is a member.We are living in a country in which a white police officer can kill an unarmed teenager and face no consequences, but a Black police officer can face demands for his resignation for belonging to a fraternity. If you believe racism is not at play you are not paying attention.

  11. Police officers did not arrive on scene in uniform to maintain order and peace among the protestors, or between them and car or pedestrian traffic; they arrived on scene in riot gear, and then military gear, to inspire fear and incite chaos. Your law enforcement responded to a peaceful civilian gathering with the mindset of controlling and overpowering, rather than serving and protecting, the citizens of this country.

  12. The police are responding to the protests with a military-like force reminiscent of—some even argue more severe than—the presence of our troops overseas at actual war. The cops have this equipment because of a federal program designed to funnel excess military equipment into local police departments. There is no training sent along with the equipment, and police departments are only allowed to keep the equipment if they use it within a year. In short your local law enforcement is not just encouraged, but practically required, to use military equipment against local citizens WITHOUT TRAINING.

  13. Some people are crying out about the lootings of area stores as justification for increased police presence. Refocusing this case to be on the lootings committed by a few, rather than on the protesting of hundreds and the murder of one, is placing more importance on physical property than on human life.

  14. Police officers have been caught on tape baiting protestors into violence by shouting things like “You fucking animals, bring it,” and issuing death threats to reporters and protestors alike. The police sworn to protect the public from violence are inciting and encouraging it and nothing has been done to condemn or stop them.

  15. Early on, Ferguson was declared a no-fly zone, which kept media helicopters away from the scene. This was so that you and I could not find out more about what was happening. THE NO FLY ZONE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO REMAIN IN PLACE ANOTHER WEEK. Your government is intentionally trying to keep you ill-informed about what is going on around you. Think about that.

  16. Reporters who are on scene in person have been bullied, tear gassed, shot with rubber bullets, and arrested by police for reporting the facts to the general public. Your media is being intentionally silenced; your country’s law enforcement is intentionally trying to keep the truth from you.

  17. As of August 19th, the solution to the media situation has been to round up all reporters into a pen and label it a First Amendment Area. This entire country is supposed to be an “area” protected by, and protective of, the First Amendment, but Ferguson shows that authority can pick and choose when to uphold this even in public spaces.

  18. It is also interesting to note that this holding pen has still suffered multiple assaults from police weaponry. Even journalists are denied access to this ‘safe’ space; Tim Pool, after being hit with tear gas and rubber bullets, was told by a police officer that his press badge “doesn’t mean shit” when he attempted to reenter the ‘free speech zone.’ Other journalists report narrowly missing being hit by speeding police vehicles barreling through crowds.’ This is reminiscent of other situations where the police have disregarded their own rules, such as trying to enforce the curfew two hours early one night. The police are not respecting their own safe areas or following their own rules; there is no balance of power in play here, only abuse of it.

  19. As of August 20th, the ‘free speech area’ has been shut down, and only “credentialed” journalists will be allowed into the new area. Journalists must vacate the scene or face arrest; this directly violates our right to free press.

  20. As of August 20th, police and National Guard troops have been forcing their way into homes door-to-door across Ferguson, presumably looking for individuals who have ‘fired shots at authorities.’ This is a direct violation of the Fourth Amendment, which guards citizens against unreasonable searches and seizures and requires warrants that describe what the police are looking for. This sets a precedent that allows police officers to disregard your Fourth Amendment rights.

  21. When the rights to free speech and free press are taken away from American citizens, it will not mean, “except for you.” When the right to assemble is taken away from American citizens, it will not mean, “except for you.” When the right to privacy is taken away from American citizens, it will not mean, “except for you.” American rights are literally at stake in this case, and you cannot afford to stand by and let this happen regardless of your personal connections to Ferguson.

34 comments
Eric3790
Eric3790

I don't really care, but I wouldn't care if he was white either...


Here is the thing, in New York, the white community is rife with white guilt right now and liberals are infuriated.  I don't mind that they are, I appreciate that rich, over-privileged, patronizing douchebags are upset.  Poor them.  But I just do not care. 


As for this article, it blatantly has some, "white people suck," stuff in it, which I wholeheartedly agree with.  They suck.  But it is still definitively racist.


This officer never said anything explicitly disparaging black people, so condemning his actions without knowing what is in his heart while you make it clearly about race seems ridiculous to me.  No offense, Racist.  As I said I hate white people too.


I am not indifferent because of the color of his skin, I am indifferent because I don't know him and he has done nothing to positively affect my life, or the lives of anyone even distantly known to me.


Black or white, I see a random kid who does not have clearly known goals and ambitions to make the world better and in my eyes, they are just another reflection of a couple too thrifty to purchase a prophylactic. 

terrri
terrri

Ever heard of Kent State?  Sure.  Everybody has.  That was the time police killed white protesters on a college campus.  Yet, the police were shooting black students on college campuses before they finally got to Kent State. This is what so many whites don't get.  If it is allowed to happen to others in this country, it will soon be on their doorstep.  Whites don't want to believe it.  They've justified the killing of these young men by talking about black on black crime, and thugs.  But again, it's just a matter of time before the militarized police is shooting someone in their neighborhood.  Just a matter of time before history repeats itself.  Some fools never learn.

CarolParks
CarolParks

Is it IGNORANT to understand that NOTHING is 100%? All traffic fines are Not 100% FRAUDULENT. And 30% of the residents in Ferguson are White, are they included in these traffic fines? I am sure they are.

And none of that means that the school teacher who raised $150,000 for the children in Ferguson, shouldn't be applauded by EVERY DECENT HUMAN BEING! Especially by people who have not contributed one dime to those children, or done anything else to actually help. Talking BS is so easy, actually doing something is all together different. Get a CLUE!

CarolParks
CarolParks

@Johnw11,

There are a lot of IGNORANT posters on this site, but YOU take the prize. $2 Million in fraudulent traffic crimes? Lol! Where are your stats? And where is your proof that ALL OF THEM ARE FRAUDULANT? Just a bunch of made up BS from a very ignorant person who actually has the nerve to blast someone who has just raised $150,000 for these children. WHAT HAVE YOU DONE,EXCEPT BLOW SMOKE OUT OF YOUR A$$? NOTHING! While a lot of people spend their valuable time helping others, you spend your time spouting the worst BS online, & condemning wonderful people who ACTUALLY DO GREAT THINGS WITH THEIR LIVES. You are a bad joke, & I don't give a Sh*t what your reply to me is! because your opinion to me is worthless. And your too stupid to even understand that these articles are connected to the Huffington post, which is why you see whites, Hispanics, & others posting an opinion. Not to forget this particular article is asking for whites to care. Everyone should care, because NO ONE IS PURE ANYTHING. Blacks, Whites, Hispanics, etc., all have a mixture of cultures in their DNA. Look up DNA, I'm sure you have no clue what that even is.

Now you can rant on about white people posting on here, go ahead you big cry baby, you sound pathetic. Whaaaaaaa!

Johnw11
Johnw11

The Black community in Ferguson is ripped-off by a sum of about $2 million yearly in fraudulent traffic fines. If they were not being ripped-off in this way, they could feed their own children during the "disturbance." African Americans don't need charity ($150,000) from the goodness of someone's heart --just stop ripping us off. $150,000 minus $2 million still leaves the Black residents of Ferguson $1 million and $850,000 in the hole.

But some people just don't get it --Blacks don't need, nor want, lectures. It is insulting.

Go lecture the racists and leave us (their victims) alone! Please.


ROBERT@atx
ROBERT@atx

BRO. MALCOLM once told us how a white woman approached him after a speech and asked him what as a white person could she do to help, and he told her there was nothing she could do and he said latter he thought about it and said he should have told her to back into her community and work on her own people because black people don't need to be lectured  about how to get along with others or accepting people of different background we're all for everyone loving each other.


BLACK AMERICANS are in a unique position because we have been targeted for destruction by our own government , we are a community that was not allowed to develop and grow as others have.


ONE of the main weapons used against us by this government was this so called justice system and if whites are sincere and truly want to help than start there!


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CarolParks
CarolParks

Excellent article! One of the best I have read on here yet. For once the author says everyone needs to be concerned about Ferguson, INCLUDING WHITE PEOPLE. Absolutely correct.

The school teacher in North Carolina, who is White raised over $150,000 for the children of Ferguson! Now that is really getting involved. Actions always speak louder then words.

Johnnie R Evans Sr
Johnnie R Evans Sr

BLACK PEOPLE ..... STOP LOOKING FOR WHITE APPROVAL. IT SHOULD BE OBVIOUS MOST OF THEM DON'T CARE. WE MUST DO FOR SELF.......... 

ROBERT@atx
ROBERT@atx

THE author of this article fails to realize two very important points and that is the power of white supremacy and the fear of black men that whites have, these are the real reason white can't bring themselves to care of identify with black's even though these shooting and killings  are happening to them as well, just recently a black cop shot and killed a unarmed white man in UTAH.


WHITES still believe that they are in the privileged position and they don't have to worry about the police and as long they're killing us it's not their concern, we as a people have to understand we have no friends or allies in this country and the problems we're having with this government and it's police will be solved by us alone we will get no help!


WE should all know that this won't be solved peacefully because we lost that opportunity long ago. because as you can see these events are becoming more frequent and are only intensifying and it's just a matter of time before we see something so horrendous that we as a people will be forced to come out and defend ourselves and at that point if it's not a race war it will look like one! 

Jim Crow
Jim Crow

Only people that speak this way are people that have no drive in life and will not get a job. I haven't seen one person complain about this that has a job. Just name one.

Bert C
Bert C

@terrri I believe that the late great criminal defense attorney shared your words, and more.  First, when he was addressing the separation  of Church and State in which he argued that if you take a thing like evolution and make it a crime to teach it in public school, tomorrow you can make it a crime to teach it in private school, and on and on.  I remember in the sixties when my mother, and the rest of the mothers in the neighborhood  was begging the Powers That Be to get the heroin off of our street to no avail.  Greed and hatred has blinded whites.  The head of the beast is not in touch with humanity, not realizing that what is allowed to happen in my neighborhood  today (Drug Addiction) will  one day happen in his, it's just the law of Nature.  Lastly, I believe history is now look at the Middle East, The Powers That Be never thought that their actions would produce a REBELLION on the level of ISIS, which has lead to the beheadings of our citizens.  But, we know that you cannot continue to abuse people, take away freedoms, and conduct and  allow MASS murders of the civilian populations and not expect consequences.  Mother Nature will seek a balance. Namaste!!!  

Johnw11
Johnw11

@JayContreras @Johnw11  JayCotreas, I don't have time to be bothered with .. well .. frankly-- fools. Everything I write or say publicly has been researched and ascertained BEFORE I say or write it.

The story has been in many major news sources in addition to the reference you provided above.

One excellent source of information for this and other relevant news is The RealNewsNetwork. If you do not already read/view this site, I would highly recommend it to you and other serious members on the BreakingBrown site. See:Special Report: "Ferguson Police Profiling of Blacks a Major Funding Source for City Budget."

I would also recommend the African American site "Black Agenda Report." They provide excellent news and analysis from "the Black left."

As far as that women you are responding to is concerned, I would simply ignore her. She is pathetic!!!!!!

I have already said on this site, loudly and clearly, that I do not hold conversations with fools who are in "denial" or operate within a syndrome of pathological "rationalization."

Having been proven "ignorant," after you presented a reference substantiating that she is in racist "denial" regarding the rip-off of Blacks in Ferguson with fraudulent traffic fines, she responds with a pathological "rationalization," how do we know that the fines are fraudulent, etc.

As I'm sure you must know, there are several racist styles of expression. The two most regularly observed styles are "active" and "passive aggressive."

The active racists will come straight-out and tell you how they feel, while the passive aggressive racists will say that they are not racists, while, at the same time, defending racism. For example, how do we know that all the fines are fraudulent, etc. In that position, she is an ultimate supporter of white supremacy (racism),i,e., exploit Blacks economically, then give them charity--"oh, the poor darlings."

Remember, there are a lot of "ignorant" people in this world who go around calling other people ignorant. That being said, she would be better served by talking that garbage to her fellow racists or their agents like KimWade.

She appears to be either lonely, or hard at work. Every time I turn on my computer there she is.

Sometimes when one ignores her type, they will go away. Other times the pests just keep annoying. They derive great pleasure from annoying others.

I would just ignore her. She is NOT on our intellectual level.

CarolParks
CarolParks

@Johnnie R Evans Sr., @GeorgiaJohnson,

NC teacher raises nearly $150K to feed Ferguson kids whose schools can't open due to civil unrest

byFaithGardnerFollow

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Nice to read a heartwarming story coming out of Ferguson, Missouri.

A fifth-grade schoolteacher from Bahama, North Carolina named Julianna Mendelsohn wanted to do something to help school kids in Ferguson, and came up with the idea of raising money for the local food banks to donate meals to kids and their families.

A teacher in North Carolina has raised nearly $80,000 to feed students from low-income families in Ferguson, Mo., who would ordinarily be getting free lunches at public schools in the St. Louis suburb but can’t because the start of the 2014-15 school year has been delayed twice as a result of civil unrest.

The 11,000-student Ferguson-Florissant School District was supposed to start classes Aug. 14 but now is scheduled to open Aug. 25, assuming that the unrest that resulted from the Aug. 9 fatal shooting of a black teenager by a police officer has stopped. This year, the high-poverty district was planning to start a federal program that allows all students to receive free lunches, not only those whose family incomes qualify them for free and reduced-price lunches, according to this report in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Sixty-eight percent of kids in the Ferguson-Florissant school district quality for free or reduced-cost meals, and that number is probably higher because some families didn't fill out or turn in the paperwork to qualify.

Here's Mendlesohn's statement from her Fundly page (she has now raised nearly $150,000!):

As the world watches the events unfolding in Ferguson, many people have thought “how can I help?”. As a public school teacher, my first thought is always about the children involved in any tragic situation like this. When I found out school had been canceled for several days as a result of the civil unrest, I immediately became worried for the students in households with food instability. Many children in the US eat their only meals of the day, breakfast and lunch, at school. With school out, kids are undoubtedly going hungry.

ALL OF THIS MONEY WILL GO TO FEED KIDS IN FERGUSON. A dollar or a hundred dollars, it doesn’t matter. You will be helping to put food in the mouth of a child who needs it. Regardless of your opinion on the civil unrest in Ferguson, there is no need for innocent children to go hungry because of it.

A reminder that there are so many ways to make a difference.

CarolParks
CarolParks

@Johnnie R Evans Sr., @GeorgiaJohnson,

White people, & all people need to care, & be involved just like the author of this article states. It's not all Black, & White. There are Millions of Interracial couples, & children in this country. Probably much more then we realize as a lot of people don't get married & just live together nowadays.

Actions always speak louder then words. A White school teacher in North Carolina, raised over $150,000 for the children in Ferguson. And I also noticed there are White people marching with these protesters in Ferguson. So, everyone that can should support the protestors, it is really a great thing to support one another. This country is not White & Black, it's Brown too, & everyone needs to stand together, until all this racism is gone. Not everyone is the same, we all are individuals & should be judged one by one.

JayContreras
JayContreras

@ROBERT@atx What's that saying? Those that make peaceful resistance impossible, make violent resistance inevitable?

CarolParks
CarolParks

@Robert@atx,

Sometimes actions speak louder then words. The story below is about a White teacher who decided to help the mostly Black children in Ferguson, and raised $150,000 for them. This country is more then just Black, & White, it's Brown, and also has millions of Interracial families, & couples. We are all people of the human race.

NC teacher raises nearly $150K to feed Ferguson kids whose schools can't open due to civil unrest

byFaithGardnerFollow

16 Comments / 16 New

Nice to read a heartwarming story coming out of Ferguson, Missouri.

A fifth-grade schoolteacher from Bahama, North Carolina named Julianna Mendelsohn wanted to do something to help school kids in Ferguson, and came up with the idea of raising money for the local food banks to donate meals to kids and their families.

A teacher in North Carolina has raised nearly $80,000 to feed students from low-income families in Ferguson, Mo., who would ordinarily be getting free lunches at public schools in the St. Louis suburb but can’t because the start of the 2014-15 school year has been delayed twice as a result of civil unrest.

The 11,000-student Ferguson-Florissant School District was supposed to start classes Aug. 14 but now is scheduled to open Aug. 25, assuming that the unrest that resulted from the Aug. 9 fatal shooting of a black teenager by a police officer has stopped. This year, the high-poverty district was planning to start a federal program that allows all students to receive free lunches, not only those whose family incomes qualify them for free and reduced-price lunches, according to this report in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Sixty-eight percent of kids in the Ferguson-Florissant school district quality for free or reduced-cost meals, and that number is probably higher because some families didn't fill out or turn in the paperwork to qualify.

Here's Mendlesohn's statement from her Fundly page (she has now raised nearly $150,000!):

As the world watches the events unfolding in Ferguson, many people have thought “how can I help?”. As a public school teacher, my first thought is always about the children involved in any tragic situation like this. When I found out school had been canceled for several days as a result of the civil unrest, I immediately became worried for the students in households with food instability. Many children in the US eat their only meals of the day, breakfast and lunch, at school. With school out, kids are undoubtedly going hungry.

ALL OF THIS MONEY WILL GO TO FEED KIDS IN FERGUSON. A dollar or a hundred dollars, it doesn’t matter. You will be helping to put food in the mouth of a child who needs it. Regardless of your opinion on the civil unrest in Ferguson, there is no need for innocent children to go hungry because of it.

A reminder that there are so many ways to make a difference.

othello22193
othello22193

@Jim Crow So I guess the writer has no job and the lady in the smaller video doesnt either huh jethro. Gone now and sodomize your prize pig you cur.

JayContreras
JayContreras

@Jim Crow And yet, here you are taking time out of YOUR apparently JOB FILLED day to comment. lol...some cretins...where do I get a job like yours that obviously has as it's only criterion--MUST BE STUPID. NO REFERENCES NEEDED. WE WILL TAKE YOUR WORD FOR IT.

CarolParks
CarolParks

@BertC,

Again, ISIS is another Religious based group killing the Shias, & Christian people in the Middle East. Religion based groups have caused the majority of Wars since the beginning of time.

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The Rise of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant

Who is Behind ISIS?

by PATRICK COCKBURN

With its multi-pronged assault across central and northern Iraq in the past one and a half weeks, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis) has taken over from the al-Qa’ida organisation founded by Osama bin Laden as the most powerful and effective extreme jihadi group in the world.

Isis now controls or can operate with impunity in a great stretch of territory in western Iraq and eastern Syria, making it militarily the most successful jihadi movement ever.

While its exact size is unclear, the group is thought to include thousands of fighters. The last “s” of “Isis” comes from the Arabic word “al-Sham”, meaning Levant, Syria or occasionally Damascus, depending on the circumstances.

Led since 2010 by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, also known as Abu Dua (see below), it has proved itself even more violent and sectarian than what US officials call the “core” al-Qa’ida, led by Ayman al-Zawahiri, who is based in Pakistan.

Isis is highly fanatical, killing Shia Muslims and Christians whenever possible, as well as militarily efficient and under tight direction by top leaders.

The creation of a sort of proto-Caliphate by extreme jihadis in northern Syria and Iraq is provoking fears in surrounding countries such as Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Turkey that they will become targets of battle-hardened Sunni fighters.

The Isis tactic is to make a surprise attack, inflict maximum casualties and spread fear before withdrawing without suffering heavy losses. Last Friday they attacked Mosul, where their power is already strong enough to tax local businesses, from family groceries to mobile phone and construction companies. Some 200 people were killed in the fighting, according to local hospitals, though the government gives a figure of 59 dead, 21 of them policemen and 38 insurgents.

Isis specialises in using militarily untrained foreign volunteers as suicide bombers either moving on foot wearing suicide vests, or driving vehicles packed with explosives. Often more than one suicide bomber is used, as happened when a vehicle exploded at the headquarters of a Kurdish party, the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan in the town of Jalawla in the divided and much fought-over province of Diyala, north-east of Baghdad. In the confusion caused by the blast, a second bomber on foot slipped into the office and blew himself up, killing some 18 people, including a senior police officer.

The swift rise of Isis since Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi became its leader has come because the uprising of the Sunni in Syria in 2011 led the Iraqi Sunni to protest about their political and economic marginalisation since the fall of Saddam Hussein. Peaceful demonstrations from the end of 2012 won few concessions, with Iraq’s Shia-dominated government convinced that the protesters wanted not reform but a revolution returning their community to power. The five or six million Iraqi Sunni became more alienated and sympathetic towards armed action by Isis.

Isis launched a well-planned campaign last year including a successful assault on Abu Ghraib prison last summer to free leaders and experienced fighters. This January, they took over Fallujah, 40 miles west of Baghdad, and have held it ever since in the face of artillery and air attack. The military sophistication of Isis in Iraq is much greater than al-Qa’ida, the organisation out of which it grew, which reached the peak of its success in 2006-07 before the Americans turned many of the Sunni tribes against it.

Isis has the great advantage of being able to operate on both sides of the Syrian-Iraq border, though in Syria it is engaged in an intra-jihadi civil war with Jabhat al-Nusra, Ahrar al-Sham and other groups. But Isis controls Raqqa, the only provincial capital taken by the opposition, and much of eastern Syria outside enclaves held by the Kurds close to the Turkish border.

Isis is today a little more circumspect in killing all who work for the government including rubbish collectors, something that alienated the Sunni population previously. But horrifically violent, though professionally made propaganda videos show Isis forcing families with sons in the Iraqi army to dig their own graves before they are shot. The message is that their enemies can expect no mercy.

CarolParks
CarolParks

@BertC,

You had better research ISIS, it is NOT a Rebellion Group, it is a Terrorist Group that wants to dominate the Middle East. While it is against the U.S., it also is terrorizing, & killing people from Syria, to Iraq who do not agree with them.

JayContreras
JayContreras

@Johnw11  I completely agree with you & I am very familiar with the 2 sites you mentioned. I also frequent PressTV since they seem to offer a less biased & more balanced view of world events than US news sites. And yes, I am very aware of the 'Missy Ann' type..lol..I don't know if you are old enough to remember that Roots: The tv series character, but yes, suffice it to say the facade is usually revealed at some point. Just give them time. 

GeorgiaJohnson
GeorgiaJohnson

@CarolParks  I understand where you are coming from I am 3th Generation American born in the State of Miss. I live in a city now my right to VOTE WAS TAKEN A right we fought and some died for. Thing ARE WORSE NOW.  As far as INTERRACIAL Birth is concern it is nothing NEW In our community,Their know pure human on this EARTH We are all MIX. Bless the teach who raise the money for the children in FERGUSON. I Support Ferguson. They brought out a problem that happening all over the  Country in BLACK Community. PEACE

CarolParks
CarolParks

NC teacher raises nearly $150K to feed Ferguson kids whose schools can't open due to civil unrest

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Nice to read a heartwarming story coming out of Ferguson, Missouri.

A fifth-grade schoolteacher from Bahama, North Carolina named Julianna Mendelsohn wanted to do something to help school kids in Ferguson, and came up with the idea of raising money for the local food banks to donate meals to kids and their families.

A teacher in North Carolina has raised nearly $80,000 to feed students from low-income families in Ferguson, Mo., who would ordinarily be getting free lunches at public schools in the St. Louis suburb but can’t because the start of the 2014-15 school year has been delayed twice as a result of civil unrest.

The 11,000-student Ferguson-Florissant School District was supposed to start classes Aug. 14 but now is scheduled to open Aug. 25, assuming that the unrest that resulted from the Aug. 9 fatal shooting of a black teenager by a police officer has stopped. This year, the high-poverty district was planning to start a federal program that allows all students to receive free lunches, not only those whose family incomes qualify them for free and reduced-price lunches, according to this report in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Sixty-eight percent of kids in the Ferguson-Florissant school district quality for free or reduced-cost meals, and that number is probably higher because some families didn't fill out or turn in the paperwork to qualify.

Here's Mendlesohn's statement from her Fundly page (she has now raised nearly $150,000!):

As the world watches the events unfolding in Ferguson, many people have thought “how can I help?”. As a public school teacher, my first thought is always about the children involved in any tragic situation like this. When I found out school had been canceled for several days as a result of the civil unrest, I immediately became worried for the students in households with food instability. Many children in the US eat their only meals of the day, breakfast and lunch, at school. With school out, kids are undoubtedly going hungry.

ALL OF THIS MONEY WILL GO TO FEED KIDS IN FERGUSON. A dollar or a hundred dollars, it doesn’t matter. You will be helping to put food in the mouth of a child who needs it. Regardless of your opinion on the civil unrest in Ferguson, there is no need for innocent children to go hungry because of it.

A reminder that there are so many ways to make a difference.

othello22193
othello22193

@Jim Crow oh and i guess welfare covers web browsing too huh? It's okay jed them teeth and brain cells may be gone but at least you have sheep.

CarolParks
CarolParks

@GeorgiaJohnson,

Excuse me Georgia, but you said they have taken your vote? How so? Is this the GOP demanding things again? Please let me know, I actually will contact people to look into this. I know they were trying to do things in North Carolina, (GOP), but Eric Holder was looking into that, along with others. NO ONE SHOULD BE ABLE TO STOP YOU FROM VOTING. I tell you this just sickens me. But, we can fight back. Again take care!

CarolParks
CarolParks

@GeorgiaJohnson,

Thank-you so much for your response, it's nice to see common sense on here. I'm 5th generation San Franciscan, & things for the most part are pretty cool, & everyone here mixes well. Probably because we are not segregated. But, just like anywhere we too have had problems.

I agree with you that things do seem worse. I really believe all these bigots came out after our President was elected because these racist jerks couldn't bear to have a Black President. I wish they all would have just left the country.

Then you have the Police Depts., all over the country becoming militarized. This is a huge problem now, as if it wasn't bad enough before with the police abuse. I really believe that the majority of people in the U.S. Are appalled and sickened over the killing ( MURDER ) of the young, Black teens, & men in this country. This has got to stop.

My only point has been, that when you meet someone that person is either good or bad, & color has nothing to do with that. It's who you are inside & how you treat your fellow human beings. Racism is taught, little children of all colors play together and are just fine, unless someone tells them different. I love children, & work with them, & I want all children to be able to go to good schools, so they have a good chance at life.

As far as Ferguson goes, I don't trust the police, or anyone in authority there. I really believe some of those officers belong to the KKK. And the KKK should have been outlawed years ago as a Terrorist Group.

Anyway Georgia, it's a sad world we live in. Who would have thought that in 2014, this terrible stuff would still be going on.

God Bless you, & your family. Peace!

GeorgiaJohnson
GeorgiaJohnson

@CarolParks What up with this? Reminding people about how much money people RAISED to feed children in Ferguson? Their are family all over American going hungry. Folks don't want a hand out they need Jobs that pay a living wage. James Brown said it Open up the Door and folks WILL GET it them SELF. Ferguson is the Capital of what been going on in the Black Community all over American for many years. I Can't speak for other Community. Peace!

CarolParks
CarolParks

@othello22193,

I forgot this teacher who did this is White. Actions speak much louder then words

GeorgiaJohnson
GeorgiaJohnson

@CarolParks I can't tell you that if I do I would be given a lots of information away. And that I don't want to do. I will say it in court now. Thank you for your concern. Peace 

CarolParks
CarolParks

@GeorgiaJohnson,

From what I could understand from the article about the teacher who decided to help the children in Ferguson, is that with the protests, & schools being closed, & many not working because of a lot of business's that had to close during all of this, people living there were going to need help feeding their children. With the schools being closed, there would be no school lunches, & with many unable to work because business's had temporarily closed, there was a real need. It was really surprising in a good way that so many had donated. Especially, after reading all the money that was raised for that cop.

As far as jobs, yes you are so right. I think ever since President Clinton, enacted NAFTA, that killed the manufacturing industry here in America, that started the downfall. The early 90's you had a lot of American made product's. Then all of a sudden everything was made in China, & Taiwan. Manufacturing plants here were being closed down, because they couldn't compete with the low prices. And of course many plants closed here, & went overseas. NAFTA was one of the main reasons, America started to fail economically, and then later GW Bush added to it, & we went into a severe recession that really could have been the worst depression ever in America. Which is one of the reasons I have so much respect for President Obama for stopping that from happening. If it had, most of the country would be standing in soup lines right now.

But, Georgia our main problem is what can now take the place of all those manufacturing plants that have closed down? We will not fully recover until we have jobs in every state, & city. And charging our kids these ridiculous amounts of money to go to school, needs to be addressed also. And especially in poorer neighborhoods, there should be programs to get these kids into college or a Tech School so they can have a chance at a good life. We have a long way to go yet, & this lousy do nothing Congress is not helping.