Failing to find anything useful to say about Ferguson (and now Eric Garner)

I’ve spent weeks trying to think of something to say, something that would somehow make sense of the disaster that is the killing of Michael Brown. The inimitable Chuck Wendig had this to say on the subject of empathy, and I can’t say it any better, so I will simply urge you to click the link and read it for yourself. It’s an excellent post and I wholeheartedly agree with him.

But beyond that? I’m don’t know where we go from here, but I will say this: The system is broken*. The system is very badly broken. The system produces unarguably racist results. The same action produces different results based on one’s skin color. The results of the justice system are so obviously skewed that it is a wonder that anyone has any confidence in it at all.

The system is so broken that it cannot be allowed to stand. I don’t know where the fixing should begin**, but if it isn’t fixed, if a huge portion of the U.S. population no longer believe that working within the system will produce fair results, there’s really no reason to play within the system, is there?

I’m sorry. I know this isn’t the most illuminating post I’ve written, but the justice system is so badly broken in so many ways that it feels like fixing, assuming anyone even tries, is a borderline futile exercise. It needs to be fixed because continuing to operate like this is monstrous, but right now, I don’t even know where to start.


EDIT: The grand jury declined to indict the cop who killed Eric Garner. This feels surreal and wrong. I don’t feel like anything I say will be anywhere near to sufficient. But this is wrong.


* If you don’t agree that the system is broken, you are simply wrong and should probably just go back to

** Maybe “not allowing Klansmen to be policemen” would be a good start?

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