Many in the St. Louis area had expectations after the shooting of Michael Brown by officer Darren Wilson that issues of prejudice would be addressed. A month had gone by and another shooting of a black youth who was committing the crime of walking on the streets of St. Louis. Thousands gathered in the city to hear various speakers insist that peaceful demonstrations should continue. However, activist writer Cornel West insisted the problem lay with failure of African American leaders. He charged them with being “too obsessed with being successful rather than faithful to a cause.” He was followed by ministers, rabbis and imams urging people to demonstrate following the principles of Martin Luther King who was apparently “obsessed” with the notion that peaceful protest could result in change. One person complained to the media that “all these speeches before, you’ve heard them all before, that’s not going to change, right?” Another argued “I was hoping for a plan from our elders and I was disappointed.”
One can readily understand this frustration. But, one solution to the problem in Ferguson in which most people are black is to VOTE. If African Americans voted, took control of the city government, they would have a voice in determining who was a cop. I wonder how many who are frustrated actually voted in the last election in Ferguson or the city of St. Louis?