This is the USA?

Click on the link below and watch the video, then tell me: Is this what you expect to witness in the United States of America?

Police fire on peaceful protesters in Ferguson, Missouri.

Yes, that was the scene on Wednesday night in Ferguson, Missouri, USA – a town of about 25,000 people.

(By the way, isn’t it somehow symbolic that you had to watch a Walmart ad first?)

Now look at this picture:

How’s that for small-town America? Not exactly Andy Griffith’s Mayberry, is it?

Notice something else? The “liberal” Huffington Post web site is blaming President Obama!

Apparently, he’s the one militarizing the local police. It’s all his fault that St. Louis County’s police force rolled out the tanks when the natives got restless.

I’m sure there must be some basis for the accusation, but I don’t get it.

Isn’t Obama the guy who stepped in and cowed the governor of the state into taking local police off the case? Isn’t he the one in the video lamenting the fatal police shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown?

It’s a strange, strange world we live in, all right.

One other question: Where were the armored vehicles and SWAT teams when white supremacist militias invaded the Bundy ranch in  Nevada? Who if anyone has been arrested for pointing loaded weapons at federal agents in that confrontation?

Is it a question of two kinds of law – one for black protesters and another for white militants?

Two-thirds of the population of Ferguson is black. Hardly any of the folks running the place – including the police force – are black.

Why? Nobody seems to know.

All I know is that this is not the America I had in mind when I raised my hand that day in Tampa, Florida three decades ago and swore allegiance to “the Constitution and laws of the United States of America.”

Click for more on the Ferguson riots.

gwgraeme

I am a Jamaican-born writer who has lived and worked in Canada and the United States. I live in Lakeland, Florida with my wife, Sandra, our three cats and two dogs. I like to play golf and enjoy our garden, even though it's a lot of work. Since retiring from newspaper reporting I've written a few books. I also write a monthly column for Jamaicans.com

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