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By stuffisthings on A Man in Ferguson Defends the Looting

"I mean, I am not defending this position"

I am.

Posted on August 13, 2014 at 11:44 am 1

By kellyography on A Man in Ferguson Defends the Looting

@Rookie (not the magazine) (not that there's anything wrong with that) Well, the StL County PD and the FBI are handling the investigation of Mike Brown's murder, but the militarization of the police force in the area is just making things worse. I grew up in the neighboring town, and plenty of my friends and their families still live in Ferguson. It just seems like nothing can make it better or back to normal, at least not yet. It's like Halloween or New Year's - plenty of people are taking this and twisting it into an opportunity to act like hooligans, when the goal of most people who live and work in the area is fixing the system and getting justice for what happened to Mike Brown.

All my social media feeds are full of firsthand accounts/pictures/video of the happenings in and around Ferguson, but I am so thankful that Jia is keeping this community informed and updated through the Hairpin.

Posted on August 13, 2014 at 11:14 am 1

By Rookie (not the magazine) (not that there's anything wrong with that) on A Man in Ferguson Defends the Looting

Does anyone else wish someone would step in at this point? It looks like it's just a conflict between a scary, ego-inflated police force and a scared, angry population. Where the f is anyone who could override the local police on this and maybe figure out what the hell is going on?

Posted on August 13, 2014 at 10:31 am 1

By Rookie (not the magazine) (not that there's anything wrong with that) on A Man in Ferguson Defends the Looting

@pajamaralls PREACH!

Seriously, anyone who immediately tries to put down someone else's opinions/assumptions with opinions/assumptions of their own is doing it wrong. Let's not pretend that Ferguson is all sunshine and rainbows, okay?

Posted on August 13, 2014 at 10:27 am 1

By tofuswalkman on A Man in Ferguson Defends the Looting

if cops feel free to murder citizens, why not do a little looting? what is the law worth?
reading these stories every morning has me seriously shaken as well, jia. frankly i'm glad that one of these deaths is causing such a stir, but i'm horrified by the thought of more lives lost without consequence. i grew up in a neighborhood where police just DIDN'T CARE TO GO, so i know that's real.

Posted on August 13, 2014 at 9:53 am 1

By Pariah Carey on A Man in Ferguson Defends the Looting

@colleenish I think that's what the man was getting at with the "'secret society' type thing, we're gonna eat, you're gonna starve…" at the end. That the reaction is so big because the problems are so big and so institutionalized.

Oof.

Posted on August 12, 2014 at 7:42 pm 1

By Pariah Carey on A Man in Ferguson Defends the Looting

Thanks for continuing to cover the story, Jia.

I live in a very segregated city and I'm feeling like this could happen here (police or just a white person in general shooting a young, unarmed black person and facing little to no recourse) because in the past few years, it seems like it's been happening everywhere. The conditions for this kind of violence exist everywhere. And I wonder how everyone I know would react to this situation? Not only the violence, but the abject feeling of hopelessness--that there is no recourse, and like there is so little national attention being paid to the injustice that is impossible to ignore in Ferguson.

And what happens when Ferguson is finally "under control," and yuck, what does that phrase even mean?

Posted on August 12, 2014 at 7:20 pm 1

By catalina on Two Victors

Thank you for sharing this. It is a stunning piece of writing. I am so sorry for your loss. I was a crying mess reading it at the coffee shop.

The day my grandmother died I was en route to a music festival with friends, high as a kite when I received that dreadful call from my mom. I remember the hurried purchase of a one-way plane ticket, rerouting the whole caravan to the nearest airport, the humbling compassion of friends and strangers, looking back in time to figure out where exactly we were along the NYS Thruway when my 99 year old grandma slipped and fell in her kitchen while making strawberry rhubarb pie. Rochester? Syracuse? Had I already smoked the first joint? The second? What song were we listening to at the moment her head hit the stove?

Anyway, I apologize for the digression, all my compassion and sympathy to you, Molly. Keep running.

Posted on August 12, 2014 at 7:03 pm 2

By Jia Tolentino on A Man in Ferguson Defends the Looting

@StLAmy but like if you want me to start making assumptions i've got QUITE A FEW

Posted on August 12, 2014 at 6:26 pm 2

By colleenish on A Man in Ferguson Defends the Looting

What the man in the video is describing is to my mind a perfectly logical if genuinely terrifying reality: if the so-called servants of the community, its protectors, instead terrorize and attack the members of that community, what investment are they expected to have in the infrastructure and economic processes of that power structure? I absolutely do not condone or wish to justify any kind of violence, but I can't help thinking the people of Ferguson are reacting fairly accurately to the messages they've been given.

Posted on August 12, 2014 at 6:17 pm 4