Saints TE Ben Watson’s now-viral reflections on Ferguson

Saints TE Ben Watson’s now-viral reflections on Ferguson

I read something this morning from a New Orleans Saints player, Benjamin Watson, who encapsulates the entire sentiment of the Ferguson affair in a level headed and objective way.

I’M ANGRY because the stories of injustice that have been passed down for generations seem to be continuing before our very eyes.

I’M FRUSTRATED, because pop culture, music and movies glorify these types of police citizen altercations and promote an invincible attitude that continues to get young men killed in real life, away from safety movie sets and music studios. …

I’M EMBARRASSED because the looting, violent protests, and law breaking only confirm, and in the minds of many, validate, the stereotypes and thus the inferior treatment. …

I’M INTROSPECTIVE, because sometimes I want to take “our” side without looking at the facts in situations like these. Sometimes I feel like it’s us against them. Sometimes I’m just as prejudiced as people I point fingers at. And that’s not right.

I’M ENCOURAGED, because ultimately the problem is not a SKIN problem, it is a SIN problem. SIN is the reason we rebel against authority. SIN is the reason we abuse our authority. SIN is the reason we are racist, prejudiced and lie to cover for our own. SIN is the reason we riot, loot and burn. …

Watson’s also right, unless things change, unless the culture and the leadership of “black America” changes and becomes part of just AMERICA these things will continue to happen.

He’s right too, things are getting better.

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