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A Different Kind of Reaction | U.S. PATRIOT NEWS & REVIEWS

A Different Kind of Reaction

When I was growing up I had a history teacher who, in keeping with his profession, judged current events by what future generations might think when reading about the events in their history books. Looking at many of the events of 2014 -2015, I can only imagine how horrified our grandchildren or great grandchildren will view the riots of Ferguson, MO and Baltimore, MD. Of course, there is a segment of our population who believes the riots will be remembered as taking the only course of action available to them, as simply standing up to a corrupt system when forced to do so. The only problem is history will also remember Charleston, SC.

In August of 2014, Ferguson Missouri erupted in violence following the shooting of Michael Brown by white police officer Darren Wilson. Rioters claimed they were fighting back after “an unarmed black teen” was killed by police, despite the fact that witness testimony would later show Brown had attacked Wilson after having previously robbed a local convenience store. Meanwhile, residents of rural Eutawville SC, located approximately 50 miles NW of Charleston, braced themselves after the arrest of the local police chief for the shooting of Bernard Bailey – a 54 yr. black man who had words with Chief Richard Combs concerning an earlier traffic citation issued to his daughter. But, despite the claims that violence was the only means of responding to police killings, these citizens did not riot or attack officers but instead waited for justice to run its course.

Candle VigilFast forward to April of 2015 when Baltimore riots burned neighborhoods and shut down businesses following the death of Freddie Gray in police custody. Again, the common theme was violence being necessary to fight back against corrupt police and their attacks on minority suspects. But at the same time, Charleston South Carolina was facing its own claim of an unjustified death at the hands of police when police officer Michael Slager was caught on video shooting Walter Scott in the back. Once again the nation waited for violence, even preemptively justified it, but it never happened. The citizens of Charleston once again called for justice, peacefully protested but never turned to violence.

We find ourselves back in Charleston, this time following the unimaginable shooting of 9 members of a prominent black church by a 21 year old white male who later claimed he was hoping to start a “race war.” This was sure to be the end of the rope for Charleston. How much more can one community take without looking for a release? But the citizens of Charleston surprised everyone by once again failing to cross the line, failing to turn to violence as the answer. Instead, these citizens rallied around the families of the fallen, who themselves offered forgiveness to the killer, and simply demanded justice – something everyone joins them in seeking.

So what does this mean? Why is it newsworthy when citizens do not riot? Simply because it is so unheard of in today’s culture. Unfortunately, people doing the right thing is now not only newsworthy but unexpected. Fortunately, the citizens of Charleston, SC are doing the right thing.

Maybe the rest of America can take a lesson.

Disclaimer: The content in this article is the opinion of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the policies or opinions of US Patriot Tactical.

Tom Burrell

Tom enlisted in the US Marine Corps Reserves in 1987. Following service in Desert Storm, he transitioned to active duty with the US Coast Guard. In 1997 he left the USCG to pursue a position in conservation & maritime law enforcement. Tom is currently a Captain and he oversees several programs, including his agency investigation unit. He is also a training instructor in several areas including firearms, defensive tactics and first aid/CPR. In 2006 Tom received his Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Harrisburg Area Community College and in 2010 a Bachelor’s Degree from Penn State University.
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