@milkman: I'm not about to justify the news but at some point these are people making the decisions. Our culture and our country.
Also generalizing and relating the founding of our country to rioting leaves me speechless. A little thing called the revolutionary war happened.
Obviously, I would prefer if people didn't riot. But I'm not going to let that distract from the real issue here.
I'm not sure your point with your last statement. The United States of America was literally founded on riots and protest over taxes.
Just reading through the thread to catch up, and I can't help but comment on this. Comparing what happened in colonial America to Ferguson is disingenuous. I assume you are alluding to events such as the Boston Tea party, an event with a clear goal and message. Ferguson is chaos and looting as the family of the victim calls for peace. The concerns of the colonists were being aired for years before war broke out (ex: Virginia house of burgesses). These grievances were levied against a Parliamentary Monarchy, which is a far cry from means in which people in our society today can protest/change government. The events in Ferguson are a reaction to a single event of perceived injustice.
If Ferguson is in some way equivalent to the founding of the United States, then what protest isn't it comparable to.