Amid all the strife, rage, anger and racial tensions present in Ferguson, Missouri, for the past three months, it was sad to see the president struggle to hide his true feelings about the issue. His attorney general and Al Sharpton and the media continuously judged and convicted Officer Darren Wilson in the court of public opinion. They strongly suggested, without accurate facts, that Brown’s death had racial overtones.

The president, in his remarks, kept trying to appease those who had wrongly judged Wilson while still fanning the fires of racial tension.

He amplified distrust of police presence in black neighborhoods, yet he does nothing to stop black-on-black killings, a daily occurrence in black neighborhoods. The president missed a golden opportunity to heal racial tensions. Instead, he chose, by his words and demeanor, to keep tensions going.

He has quickly judged two previously perceived racial situations where his public opinion was found to be wrong — Professor Henry Louis Gates at Harvard and Trayvon Martin. And he did it again with Wilson, making it three in a row.

It’s impossible to justify the riots, property destruction and looting that took place in Ferguson. It appears such incidents are an excuse to riot, destroy and loot and nothing else. I wonder how many businesses built by hard-working black families, innocent of any wrongdoings, were destroyed by the riots? Shameful!

I grew up in a segregated society. Didn’t understand it as a child, never supported the concept and still find the idea to be repulsive. But many race baiters want to squelch the progress made and close the door for dialogue in order to maintain their position of power over people.

They prefer disharmony to harmony. They prefer to create chaos rather than opportunity and order.

“For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?” Right on, Matthew!

Billy Arcement

consultant

Prairieville