It seems that the verdict of the grand jury has resulted in an early start of the Christmas sale.
Unfortunately the customers don’t pay. They come with bricks and Christmas wish lists and smashes the windows in several stores.
It is not a black and white issue. Several of the shop owners are African Americans.
Of course it all started when Michael Brown was shot no less than 12 times in Ferguson. I understand that some people states that the anger is rooted in the past.
However we see the same kind of treatment against the poor and people suffering from illnesses in Denmark. A man suffering from mental illness was riddled with bullets in a Seven-Eleven store in the central Copenhagen. The result was not a general riot. A young man with working glass background and a customer was shot when a policeman emptied his entire magazine in a shop without aiming in Koege.
If you are rich in Denmark your lawyer sees to that your name is not public until the trial is over. That provides you with the opportunity to change your name and avoid bringing shame over your family. Research even shows that rich people are treated with more respect by the Danish police than people from the working glass and foreigners.
The police represent the system. No citizen in any country can expect any good treatment by the system only they belong to the elite in a society. In Denmark the parliament consist of powerful families. Some politicians are third or fourth generation. Many are dropouts who have not finished their education. The minister responsible for our tax system has only achieved 9 years of education.
I see the same in the United States. It is a small number of families who dominates both the Congress and Senate. It is very clear that the ordinary citizen in the United States doesn’t benefit from any contact with authorities. The percentage of the population in prison is high. Most are non-violent offenders hit by some kind of probation violations, many are addicts who should be in treatment instead of in prison.
In Denmark our welfare system is huge. There are so many rules that many people could benefit from a secretary service so they could seek jobs.
It is easy to get frustrated. It is easy to justify that the protest can be used for shopping without paying.
But that is not the legacy Michael Brown would have wished. His legacy is that it is better to stay at home building your own little fortress ordering goods by the Internet so you can avoid going down the street and risk being shot by the nearest government official. Let us follow his legacy and live in peace with each other as we shot our door to the outside world. Let the shopkeepers run their shops without being robbed and support them by emailing them your orders instead.