In the aftermath of the Michael Brown / Officer Darren Wilson grand jury findings, the focus of the rage in Ferguson Missouri and across the country has begun to morph. As the EVIDENCE comes out, it overwhelmingly supports the version of events as told by Officer Wilson, multiple witnesses and the forensic evidence. With no evidence of police misconduct or racism, the unrest has begun to focus on the issue of respect and disrespect. A perceived lack of respect of the black community in general and the seemingly disrespectful way that Michael Brown’s body was handled after the shooting. All of which seems to be the result of ignorance and lack of self-respect.
So, once again we saddle up the “words have meanings” dead horse and beat it to death again.
Respect: a feeling of deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities, or achievements.
Disrespect: lack of respect or courtesy or to show a lack of respect for; insult.
Self-Respect: pride and confidence in oneself; a feeling that one is behaving with honor and dignity.