This is my response to someone on Facebook who blamed the Ferguson riots on black hopelessness.
“So who are they venting their rage against: rich white people in the suburbs or other blacks in the ghetto? And why were they not storming police HQ right from the get go? After all, it was a cop, and not some shopkeeper, who shot Michael Brown. And if social injustice – which very much exists in America – is to blame, why are there not constant riots in places like Detroit, Camden, and Compton? And this is not the first episode of white police brutality against black people. And something like 99+% of black folks in Ferguson and the surrounding areas did not partake in any of the looting. And why could the cops not arrest any looters last week, but all of a sudden impose what might as well be called martial law? And why were the people who were actually defending the shops other black people from the neighborhood?”