Wake Up America

As much as I am outraged and dumbfounded by what happened with Michael Brown and Eric Garner, I see a glimpse of hope. And hope, they say, is stronger than fear. The American people are finally, finally waking up.

No longer are people clueless about the injustices right here in the states or abroad. Not everyone, but a good amount of people are finally seeing.

Of course, a large majority of the people don’t “see,” but with time, hopefully, they will.

-mariam

p.s. I wanted to write about Ferguson or Eric Garner or this topic in general, but I was so shocked, I just couldn’t find words.

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Ferguson, Gaza, and the Sad State of the U.S.

Michael Brown, age 18, was shot 6 times with his arms up and unarmed in Ferguson, Missouri on Saturday the 9th of August. Ferguson and the internet, of course, exploded in anger at this atrocity. Angry protests erupted in Ferguson and authorities responded with tear gas, rubber bullets, and deploying the national guard. It is unclear whether the protests were peaceful before government crackdown because media outlets were not permitted near demonstrations.

Up to 11 journalists have been detained or arrested by Missouri police. Missouri State Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson said,”When officers are running around, we’re not sure who’s a journalist and who’s not,” he said. “Yes, if I see somebody with a $50,000 camera on their shoulder, I’m pretty sure. But some journalists are walking around, and all you have is a cellphone because you’re from a small media outlet. Some of you may just have a camera around your neck. So yes, we may take some of you into custody. But when we do take you into custody, and we have found out you’re a journalist, we’ve taken the proper action.”

The situation has become more about how they (I’m saying “they” because lack of better word) are trying to comprise of our freedom of speech and press, then the fact an innocent 18 year old teen was shot. It has become about how many more Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown situations there will be because of our lack of freedom.

It has become about the fact that the government supplied police forces with excess military weaponry and machinery. The police is not a second or smaller military. Their purposes are completely different. The purpose of the police is to protect us. Not shoot us with rubber bullets and throw tear gas canisters at us. Not to mention shooting teenagers. For god’s sake we live in the United States of America! We don’t live in say, Gaza, Palestine who under constant occupation by Israel. Nevertheless, the Gazans tweeted protesters in Ferguson how to avoid the sting of tear gas because they experience it everyday. In Ferguson, they began free Gaza and free Palestine chants. This is unity. None of that United States crap. I love America and everything, I just don’t like what it is growing to be. I don’t want to raise my kids in a country where the government doesn’t care about its people. Or a country where the people don’t care about what the government is doing. We need maintenance on both sides. I hope and pray we can change.

-mariam