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Turner forgets why blacks chose to riot

It seems that Douglas Turner forgot why there was rioting in the first place in Ferguson, Mo. If the black, unarmed teenager had not been gunned down in the middle of the street by a white police officer and left there for four hours, maybe the riot would not have been necessary. Maybe if the police officer could have seen the teen as a relative, he might not have used his weapon so quickly.

I must remind Turner that the civil rights struggle was anything but peaceable for those who fought for civil rights. If Turner doesn’t think that what Officer Darren Wilson did wasn’t the equivalent of savagery in the streets, then sadly he is right – it will take a long time to eradicate the lesson Eric Holder and Al Sharpton and others taught in Ferguson.

Freida Joyce


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