What Ferguson Taught Us: A Brief Study in Questions

How many white parents have to teach their children to fear the police?

How many white communities call in police experts, including the police chief, to teach their children what to do if approached by the police?

How many organizations are allowed to police themselves?

How many white people have been surrounded by all black police officers?

So many questions.

 

And like so many cities, Chattanooga knows the questions, but chooses not to accept the answers.

Every time a young person dies, from a war, from the streets, from the police, all of us should try to find the answers to prevent another senseless death.

The majority of the white community is not impacted by a black child's death until a Ferguson occurs. This is horrible; and any excuse, religious or otherwise, is used to 'blame the victim.'

What good has come from Ferguson?

Young people have seen what the real problem is and are not just talking but are giving their own answers.

Tamara Woodard is a longtime Chattanooga resident and long-time community activist.

“Every time a young person dies, from a war, from the streets, from the police, all of us should try to find the answers to prevent another senseless death.”