Ferguson's Sunday

Monday, August 18, 2014

Despite a change in police leadership, and a state imposed curfew, the situation in Ferguson, Missouri is still volatile. Bishop L.O. Jonesfounder of the Greater Grace Church in Ferguson, MO, Pastor Conley Gibbs, Jr. of Ferguson Heights Church of Christ, and Pastor Traci Blackmon, from the Christ the King United Church of Christ in Florissant, MO, talk about what's going on in their communities.

Pastor Blackmon says that "people are being cut off from the daily necessities of life," and that her group is working to bring toilet paper, food, water and more basics into the community where many stores are boarded up.

Pastor Jones affirmed that "the people I talk to in Ferguson all say they want to get along… I do see a great future for the people of Ferguson despite this." "We need the media to focus on the good things we're trying to do. This is not an overnight solution... this is bigger than Michael Brown," added Blackmon.


Traci Blackmon, Conley Gibbs, Jr. and L.O. Jones

Comments [13]

A. V.

Perhaps if these churches and their leaders actually paid taxes the conditions in Ferguson, Missouri would be better.

Aug. 18 2014 07:22 PM

@blacksocialist from BKbaby - the police report values the cigars at $48. before you run your mouth do research. besides, we dont yet from the investigation what happened. what if Brown attacked the cop and charged him rather being shot like a dog? if the investigation doesnt support all this violence and protest, will you own up to the truth?

Aug. 18 2014 11:11 AM

blacksocialist from BKbab,

If you want to find the real moron, you need go no further than looking in a mirror.

The lawyer for Michael Brown's parents admitted that the video is authentic, so you need to accept the inconvenient truth that while Michael Brown may have been unlawfully shot and killed, he most certainly was a thief.

Aug. 18 2014 11:08 AM

@ john from office

John, you hit the nail squarely on the head.

Sadly, Brian Lehrer, Anna Sale and company prefer airing these nauseating, touchy feely, handwringing segments instead of providing a sober, dispassionate examination of all the facts and details of this case starting with Michael Brown's theft.

Aug. 18 2014 10:55 AM
Fuva from Harlemworld

In oppressed communities -- perhaps more so than in other communities -- the self-promotional rise, while the better-informed and better-reasoned get stuck in the shadows. These folk may be well-intentioned, but they don't have the answer.

Aug. 18 2014 10:51 AM
blacksocialist from BKbaby

hilts - youre a moron.... has brown been convicted of stealing a $1 box of cheap cigars? oh, that's right, he's dead you knuckledragger.

one of the takeaways - don't be a dumba$$ posting irrelevant dreck.

Aug. 18 2014 10:46 AM
john from office

Hilts, the store video showed Brown to be a common thug. That store owner is now targeted by goons.

Aug. 18 2014 10:43 AM

Half measures, as usual. Will get us nowhere, as usual.

Aug. 18 2014 10:41 AM

My condolences and sympathies go out to Michael Brown's parents for the loss of their son.

That said, when will Brown's parents apologize to the store owner for the theft that their son committed?

Amid all the hullabaloo over the shooting, Michael Brown's theft has been unfairly overlooked.

The position of Michael Brown's supporters which holds that the release of the video showing him shoving the store owner after stealing cigars constitutes a smear is outrageous and reprehensible. The release simply revealed the fact that Michael Brown was a thief.

One of the takeaways from this shooting should be that parents drill home this valuable lesson to their children : "Don't Break the Law"

Aug. 18 2014 10:39 AM
john from office

Why do such well intentioned people like these guests allow clowns to represent them, like Sharpton and Jackson.

Aug. 18 2014 10:37 AM
john from office

The leadership in the black community is so lacking. Sharpton and Jackson are race baiters.

Aug. 18 2014 10:30 AM
blacksocialist from BKbaby

god (pun intended) can we do without the 'preachers' everytime something happens with the blacks. we can do without the used car salesmen.

Aug. 18 2014 10:30 AM
CR from Manhattan

Please ask your guests about crime statistics in Ferguson. How many robberies, armed and other, how many reported assaults, how many incidents of gun violence recorded by the police, drug arrests, confiscation of illegal guns etc.

Aug. 18 2014 10:13 AM

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