The death of Michael Brown is terrible. By all accounts he was unarmed, a decent boy, had been admitted to college, was looking forward to starting his freshman year next month. His death has angered his neighbors, the residents of Furguson MO, resulting in several nights of rioting and violence.
I'd like to get into this tragedy deeper. Trouble is, I am a thousand miles away, I've never been to Furguson, I don't know anyone in Furguson, or for that matter in the entire state of Missouri. All I know is what the media tells me. And, I don't really trust anything the media tells me. I fear they are either ignorant, or biased, or stupid, and always looking to tell the most sensational story to sell newspapers or TV time.
The local newspaper just asked for comments and thoughts about the Furguson situation on Facebook. I didn't answer, but if I had, I would have said, "I don't know what to think, 'cause I don't know what's going on. You are the newspaper, you ought to be telling me what happened, rather than asking me what I feel about it."
My sincerest sympathy to the family of Michael Brown. To loose a boy/young man is the most painful loss I can imagine.