Our world is, has been, and always will be populated by two factions: those on the right side of history, and those that oppose them. Over time, thankfully, the right side prevails – the world is a more tolerant and enlightened place today than it was even a single year ago.
Pushing social norms toward the light requires strength and dedication from the enlightened to expose injustices to the masses that are ignorant or indifferent to their existence. Just as critical as that strength and dedication, though, is discretion.
The righteous seek to educate those clinging to notions of propriety that are innocuously outdated or shamefully based in hatred that need to be converted. The only effective way to convert them is challenging their prejudiced views and opinions with facts and sincerity. The best approach is to nullify all their counterarguments by systematically revealing their flaws; the change will not be instant, but given time to reflect the wrong-minded will hopefully shift their worldview.
The least effective approach , though, is leading those on the wrong side of history to further embrace their ideology by presenting flawed arguments, ignoring facts that may oppose your viewpoint. This is why the need for discretion is vital; in an effort to educate, the burden of being accurate and comprehensive is on the teacher. The right idea with the wrong information is doomed to fail.
There is still racism in the United States. There are police officers infected with that racism. Our country does have police forces disproportionately armed and aggressive to the communities they are sworn to protect. All of these wrongs need to be righted.
Ferguson, though, wasn’t the place to plant the flag.