Pax Christi USA has published a reflection on questions I’ve had about peace in light of the Michael Brown shooting. Thanks for reading!
by John Powell
Pax Christi St. Louis
An unarmed African American teen is shot by a white police officer in controversial circumstances.
Civil authorities release information in controversial ways.
People react by going to the streets, marching and chanting in protest.
Authorities use tear gas and other weapons to quell protest.
People burn or loot businesses in reaction to police tactics or for reasons only they know.
People yell “F_____ the police!” in front of police officers at a protest.
People stereotype and discuss the “opposing” side on social media and spread mistruths or half-truths.
Residents just want things to get back to “normal.”
Which of these do you consider “violence?” Which do you consider “peaceful?” Which are moral? Which are legal? Which of these can lead to justice? Which can really bring “peace?” What is “civil disobedience” to you?
As a Ferguson resident and Pax Christi St. Louis member…
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