Messy doesn’t even begin to describe the tragedy taking place in Ferguson, Missouri, after the shooting of Michael Brown. The toll so far: One young man dead, businesses destroyed by looters, police practices condemned, and a nation divided by questions of race and class, law and injustice.
The tone of the national conversation is punctuated by an air of certainty by those who feel compelled to choose a side. Points are ferociously, passionately argued in hopes of proving who’s right, who wins. It’s a climate where emotions and ideologies rage. It’s an atmosphere where it can be difficult to spot the balance, the humanity.
That’s what makes this report from Fox Detroit’s Charlie LeDuff so amazing. While his report shows the sad state of affairs in Ferguson with the city’s misguided inhabitants looting in a perverted attempt at obtaining “justice,” LeDuff also captures a man on camera who inspires a glimmer of hope in the midst of the ugliest of situations.
When confronted by a crowd of looters intent on ransacking the building behind him, the Ferguson resident takes a stand and a prospective looter asks him:
You for the white man, bro?
The man’s reply is perfect:
I’m for everybody.
If only we could all feel the same way.