If there is one city that I know a lot about it is Ferguson, Missouri. For many years I taught teachers from the Ferguson school district. As long as I could remember, teachers were complaining about inadequate funding, discrimination against black children, and a total disregard for those whose skin was not white.The shooting of Michael Brown was not a shock, but in true honesty it was a shock that this murder took so long to happen. Here is the reality of St.Louis,Missouri:
1. The business community years ago left the city of St.Louis and relocated to the suburbs to escape blacks. This was told me by a Vice President of Monsanto Corporation who bluntly said, “business people just did not want to be in a city where most people were Negroes.”
2. Corruption has been the norm in St.Louis. On this point there is no discrimination, whites and blacks share in the corruption.
3. There are still suburbs in which black skins are not seen.
So, why any surprise for death and violence in Ferguson?
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Turkish President Recep Erdogan and his Justice and Development Party arrived on the scene a dozen years ago and instituted several important changes in society. The Army was finally prevented from interfering in the political process and the economy began to take off. But, somehow, along the way, Erdogan increasingly has become a man obsessed with the belief there are powerful forces throughout the world who spend their days and nights seeking to destroy both him and his party. The other day he informed the world about his “enemies.” According to him the American “Armenian lobby, homosexuals, and those who believe in Alevism, all those represent the representatives of sedition. (The Alevi are those who believe in a version of the Muslim religion which preaches tolerance for all).
He is very angry at the Turkish Democratic People’s Party which he claims receives support from “foreign media outlets seeking to make Turkey their colony.” Oh, among those “foreign media sources are The New York Times, the BBC and CNN.
Give it a break, Recep, I do not believe the New York Times has sessions devoted to infiltrating Turkey!
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