The death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., has reignited the fires of racial acrimony in America. His death remains a tragedy of unimaginable proportions to his family and friends. We cannot relieve the pain of these deaths, but reflecting upon it may help us improve our community.
After the shooting of the unarmed teenager, crowds exploded at a nearly all-white police force armed to defend against a terrorist attack of apocalyptic proportions. The massive police response focused the outrage over the death. The disproportionate response could have been anticipated since most of the officers do not live in Ferguson and appear to have little knowledge of the community.