Ashley Pratte

Are these the lessons that we should be teaching our nation’s young people? What is being left out of these syllabi are the topics of personal responsibility and the fact that there is no need for violent protests or looting as a form of grieving. How does one grieve by looting a store and stealing things? Retaliating against authority is a choice and one that has consequences—the violence on the streets of Ferguson needs to end. If you spend time searching the #FergusonSyllabus you’ll see many examples of educators seeking to perpetuate a narrative of “institutional racism” which only hinders the healing of the Ferguson community.

While we could be debating the militarization of police—instead we are bogged down in debunking the myth of the Left that “institutional racism” has caused the death of Michael Brown. Yet, if they want to focus on “institutional racism” maybe more of a focus should be placed on racial preferences on college campuses. The Left continues to be divisive with their tactics of exploiting race, gender, and class.

The stories coming out of Ferguson in various media reports have been confusing to say the least, with the lead witness in the case apparently falsifying what he saw. It is important to get to the bottom of what happened but it is not necessary to create racial tensions for no reason other than to sensationalize the death of a young man in Ferguson. It seems as though whenever there is a tragedy, liberal progressives make every effort to tout their radical agenda in the media and in the classroom rather than letting a community heal and move forward. 

Ashley Pratte

Ashley Pratte is a communications consultant in Washington, D.C.