In the weeks after the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson,
Missouri there has been a slew of discussions over the events that
As expected, the Left took to social media to blame
"institutional racism" in America for the events in Ferguson
without giving any consideration to the facts. Citing
"institutional racism" only seeks to perpetuate an issue that
doesn't exist here in America. The Left continues to make
race an issue and are only doing more harm than good.
We have seen Rev. Al Sharpton and Rev. Jesse Jackson seizing
opportunities for themselves by taking advantage of the death of
Michael Brown. These two men have continuously tried to make
race an issue with a generation of young people who grew up in a
very different time period. It is inappropriate to use the
shooting of a young man as a way to push such an agenda.
It's not just progressive talking heads that are perpetuating
the message of "institutional racism" in America. Some
liberal professors have now taken to twitter to start a social
media effort under "#FergusonSyllabus" which seeks to provide
resources on "institutional racism" and how to discuss the events
in Ferguson in the classroom.
Just last week, a teacher in Alabama had elementary school
students re-enact the shooting of Michael Brown by dividing African
American and Caucasian students into separate groups to teach a
lesson about "white privilege" in America. This type of
behavior seeks to create a racial divide that will have detrimental
effects on these young students who don't see color as a barrier to
Now we have a professor who is drawing parallels between the
looting in Ferguson and the Boston Tea Party and citing "white
privilege" as a reason to excuse criminal activity rather than
understanding the need for protest. The professor even wrote
on his blog that "The tragic event of the killing of Michael Brown
in Ferguson, Missouri have led to protests and rioting against
police brutality. It brings to the surface (again) the
institutional racism that has always been in our
Are these the lessons that we should be teaching our nation's
young people? What is being left out of these syllabi are the
topics of personal responsibility and the fact that there is no
need for violent protests or looting as a form of grieving.
How does one grieve by looting a store and stealing
things? Retaliating against authority is a choice and one
that has consequences-the violence on the streets of Ferguson needs
to end. If you spend time searching the #FergusonSyllabus
you'll see many examples of educators seeking to perpetuate a
narrative of "institutional racism" which only hinders the healing
of the Ferguson community.
While we could be debating the militarization of police-instead
we are bogged down in debunking the myth of the Left that
"institutional racism" has caused the death of Michael Brown.
Yet, if they want to focus on "institutional racism" maybe more of
a focus should be placed on racial preferences on college
campuses. The Left continues to be divisive with their
tactics of exploiting race, gender, and class.
The stories coming out of Ferguson in various media reports have
been confusing to say the least, with the lead witness in the case
apparently falsifying what he saw. It is important to get to
the bottom of what happened but it is not necessary to create
racial tensions for no reason other than to sensationalize the
death of a young man in Ferguson. It seems as though whenever
there is a tragedy, liberal progressives make every effort to tout
their radical agenda in the media and in the classroom rather than
letting a community heal and move forward.
Ashley Pratte is the spokeswoman for Young America's
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