Browsing Archive: November, 2014

Leadership and Ferguson

Posted by Timothy McBride on Sunday, November 30, 2014, In : Ferguson 

Challenging times like this in the St. Louis region (and Ferguson) call for leadership among those we have hired to lead us, or those who have stepped up to lead.  We search out for these leaders, like thirsty people searching for stream. 

As Martin Luther King said:
“A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.”

One of the tragedies that unfolded after Michael Brown’s death at the hands of Officer Darren Wilson is that few of our leaders have stepped up to ...

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Understanding the Response to the Grand Jury decision: "Two Americas"

Posted by Timothy McBride on Thursday, November 27, 2014, In : Ferguson 

Martin Luther King's famous quote -- "a riot is the language of the unheard" -- has been often cited in recent times to help explain the turmoil that has gripped Ferguson and St. Louis after the Grand Jury's decision in the case of Michael Brown.

We now know that the looting, arson and other violence that took place in Ferguson was quite limited over the last several months and by all means did not broadly characterize the protests that happened in the wake of Michael Brown’s death.  While l...

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The decision to declare a State of Emergency, call out National Guard

Posted by Timothy McBride on Tuesday, November 18, 2014, In : Ferguson 

Many people in the St. Louis are (including Ferguson) and across Missouri were taken aback today when Gov. Nixon decalred a state of emergency exists in Missouri, and he also called out the National Guard.

It seems quite unfortunate that this step was taken, now.  Why? Because:

  • this is a pre-emptive all, even before the Grand Jury decision has been announced; thus it seems to presume that no matter what happens with that announcement, there will be civil unrest, violence and a need for addition...

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