Ferguson has been a hot button issue for some time now. And for good reason. It's entirely possible that Michael Brown was killed due to racial discrimination. It's also entirely possible the the situation was completely misunderstood and assumptions were made due to racial discrimination. These things are never as cut and dry as they seem. Regardless of the circumstances in the Ferguson affair, I think it's important to remember all of the other terrible crap happening around the world.
If you truly believe every life is precious, and that we shouldn't discriminate the value of it regardless of race or religion, culture or choices, then it is key to pay attention to where these other problems are truly being faced. America as a whole is hardly innocent from causing death based on it's own beliefs or distastes. That's not even considering how much killing has been done based solely on a political agenda.
For example: From 2001 to 2002, over 3,000 civilians were killed by American attacks on "Terrorist Cells" in Afghanistan alone. Since the 2003 invasion of Iraq, over 132,000 civilians have been reported killed in military encounters. This is two of many conflicts the U.S. has been involved in inside the middle east alone. The U.S. has been known to be involved in drug wars in Mexico as well. Drug wars are nothing new, but the estimated lives taken by them in Mexico are over 120,000 since 2013.
Who's to say our drug policy isn't making matters worse by allowing for the cartels to thrive on black market prices? No matter what way you look at it, over 255,000 lives have potentially been lost because of US involvement in armed conflicts. Are these deaths not worth protesting? Are these people not worth taking a good long look at how we treat the world through our policy?
Michael Brown's death is tragic, regardless of how it happened. I don't wish to cheapen that loss for his family. I also don't wish to overlook the thousands of others who are dying every year as a direct result from efforts taken by those who represent us. Not to mention the money from our taxes that it takes to enact these attacks. So this Thanksgiving, feel free to stop and give thanks that you don't have to worry about dying from a conflict you aren't involved in.
If you are one of those that does have to worry about that, you can rest assured(well not really rest I guess...) I'm hoping to enact change to make people think about what it really means to help you. I may not know your struggles, and I may not be the perfect picture of enacting change. However, everything I say and do is with the goal of making people think about it at the very least. It's about the only power I really have in this world, and I intend to use it to it's fullest.