I saw the nation’s anger last night, in Ferguson, Missouri.
Ferguson was everywhere last night, in our homes, on the computer, on our phones. The nation came alive as a grand jury decided not to indict a white police officer for shooting a black teenager. I’m not here to talk politics, I’m not here to talk about race. Seeing the anger in the form of protests and rioting reminded me that we are living history. Twenty years from now, our children will be reading about last night’s events in their history books – and like me, they might be haunted by some of the images that scrolled across our news channels and social media last night.
Tragedy and discord usually bring the nation together, after the dust settles and people calm down. Thanksgiving is too close to us, and I always complain that it’s a sort of forgotten holiday, pushed aside for Black Friday sales. So with last night’s haunting display, I just want to sit down for a moment and remember that things aren’t as bad as they seem. We as a nation need to remember the good, along with the bad. The bad always seems to weigh heavier for most people, but the good can’t be forgotten.
In particular, this year has been productive for me. It’s been almost a year since Shadow Assassins came out and I’ve been working hard to finish formatting Warpath so I can introduce it to the public and continue the Shadow Assassins’ journey.This Thanksgiving weekend, Shadow Assassins will be a free ebook, for Kindle readers and anyone with the Kindle desktop or mobile apps.
Oh, come on, you might be thinking. Talking about books after a tragedy like Ferguson? Yeah, I know. This isn’t some opportunity to plug things like it was showcased on the late Etsy-jabbing website, Regretsy (I actually really miss that site), but like I said, I want to be thankful. I am thankful for those who made it through the night safely in Ferguson, as well as the other scattered protest sites across the nation. I am thankful for so many things in our great nation, especially when tragedy brings so many together (violence notwithstanding). I am grateful for my own growth as a writer, and any opportunity to talk to you, any of you who may be out there. Writing ties into everything I am and everything I do, and last night when I watched the chaos of Ferguson and other protest sites, I spent time describing it in my head like a scene from a book – observing the smoke and the teargas, the fire and rage. It helps take some of the shock out, for me.
I wanted this post originally to be about how thankful I am for the support I’ve gotten on my writing, but after thinking over the start of this post, I think I’ll save that for a real post about being thankful, on Thanksgiving. For now, I am thankful for those who made it through the chaos in Ferguson. Regardless of where one stands on the indictment decision, and putting issues of race and abiding the law aside, there is much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. I can only hope that people look to the better side of things, and put their anger to rest for at least one day.