- (no subject)
- December 2nd, 16:06
So far the three most constructive things I've seen happening in Ferguson (or as consequence of)
1. The final nail in the argument to equip cops with body cameras. It's not ideal on any number of levels, but at least from the 'surveillance state' pov - it's been a lost debate ever since cell phones came equipped with the video cameras. And since it's apparently beyond our capabilities as a state to educate our police force that no, it's not, in fact, illegal for citizens to video tape them - we may as well wire them all up.
2. The effort by the St. Louis Tea Party and various kickstarter type organizations to put together a fund for the local businesses burned out/looted during the riots.
3. Oathkeepers providing training for the Ferguson locals. Much like (2) this addresses the long-term consequences. Without outside funding the economic structure (already pretty sparse) and the middle class (same-same) will flee and Ferguson becomes essentially irreclaimable. Given the dynamic between the locals and the cops, it's likely that both will be be very wary about police presence in the neighborhood in the near future. Absent some sort of self-run alternative, you will get explosion in criminality (you already see that to a great degree, as the looters from outside the neighborhood converge to take advantage of the vacuum in the law enforcement environment) negating any potential rebuilding efforts and creating the same self-reinforcing negative spiral.
Personally, I am pretty pessimistic though, as far as the future of this specific zipcode goes. I suspect that you will have demographic re-framing, as those who can - get out and those who can't get stuck in the situation that will mostly likely keep spiraling downward economically and socially. Microcosm of Detroit or Baltimore, basically.