#Ferguson : My Thoughts on an American Flashpoint


“…It was the corroboration of their worth and their power that they wanted, and not the corpse, still less the staining blood.”  James Baldwin, “To Be Baptized,” from No Name in the Street, 1972

I have been asked by many people to take a close look at the Michael Brown shooting case in Ferguson, Missouri and offer my opinion.  I felt it best to take a step back and really absorb all the circulating currents of opinion and matters of fact before I made any personal pronouncements.  This is my best attempt to answer that call, hopefully soberly, responsibly and with as much restraint as I can muster in the face of this deeply American tragedy.  This is inherently a blog about food and food culture, but anyone who regularly reads this blog understands that it also is a blog about social and cultural justice.  It is clear to…

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3 thoughts on “#Ferguson : My Thoughts on an American Flashpoint

  1. Thanks for quite another reason: while the words of your article can be debated in which ever way (as we can clearly see from the overall debate) – the much more prescient thing is to put it as a stumbling bloc and sign post in the way of the perusers of food stories to get their head out of the question of sauce into what clearly has the potential to eventually also impact their way they serve, eat and (can’t) buy food (q.v. the lootings). The Soviet “October” revolution had a similar impact (no food for several years) yet started from similarly humble beginnings, like a great conflagration begins often with a tiny little match.


  2. David Eberhardt@The Windup Space 5-7 pm 2/21/2015

    David Eberhardt (a “romantic communist” like Nazim Hikmet) was born March 26, 1941. As a peace protester, he was incarcerated at Lewisburg Federal Prison in 1970 for 21 months for pouring blood on draft files with Father Philip Berrigan and two others to protest the Vietnam War. He is retired after 33 years of work in the criminal injustice system as a Director of Offender Aid and Restoration at the Baltimore City Jail. He has published three books of poetry: The Tree Calendar , Blue Running Lights , and Poems from the Website, Poetry in Baltimore . He is at work on a memoir: For All the Saints , influenced by Thoreau, Nabokov, Mailer, Agee, Matthiessen, Lecky, Thomas, and Cousteau..

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    February 15, 2015 · 11:33 pm

    Nancy O. Greene at The Windup Space 5-7 pm, 2/21/2015


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