Police shot an unarmed black kid in Ferguson, Mo., two days ago.
Now there are protests and the police are going after the protestors like they’re invading Iraq or something.
No, seriously. The St. Louis County Police Department is going after protestors with SWAT teams and military getup and actual soldiers are even looking at them going, “Dude, we dressed up less to go to war.”
I can’t keep going on about it. This is bumming me out too hard. And it’s just reminding me why I got away from that kind of journalism. Knew it wasn’t for me covering a freaking burglary for the college paper. For whatever reason, my emotions get out of control about this stuff. It’s part of my whole depression thing. But I’m not getting into all of it now.
What I’m saying is this, though: I can’t do that kind of journalism, but God bless those who can. Journalists in Ferguson have been assaulted, tear gassed, thrown in jail for eating at a McDonald’s that police illegally tried to clear.
If I was there, no joke, I would’ve gotten shot by now, because I would’ve gone apes— on some of those cops. I just cannot handle bulls—, not at all, and if I saw those cops doing what they were doing …. Jesus, man.
This is why I’m writing books like the books I’m writing. This is why I’m writing more and more fiction that will be coming out eventually and now, after all this, hopefully very soon.
It feels really small of me to say this in context of all that, so let me reframe it this way: That’s a promise, from me to you. I just want to give you something good when everything seems bad, because that’s my heart, that’s what I’ve got, that’s pretty much all I’ve got, and that’s my mantra, man, to give you what I’ve got.
The world can be going to hell and the skies can be falling down around us, and I’ll just keep doing the best I can do find us a little uplift, just to give you a little reprieve, let you step away from it all for a moment and catch your breath, give you a second to regain your strength for the rest of the way.
And all that will be coming soon.
But for now, for the love of God and the love of your fellow man, please, please, please, find out everything you can about what’s happening in Ferguson, and write your congressmen and your friends and write the President, because this is not okay, this should not be happening, and we need to do everything we can to make sure it doesn’t happen again.
The best source of news right now: Not CNN or FoxNews or any of the broadcast channels or any of the big outlets. The best source of news right now is Twitter. Just go there and start reading and clicking Ferguson links and tweets and you’ll learn enough to keep you up all night. You can start with my timeline, where I retweeted a bunch of stuff, but please, move on, because I had to pull away. I couldn’t handle it. Thank God for those stronger than me.
Now go and make their work and their risk and their lives worth it.