I am a St. Louisan, and along with many others, I watched with shock and horror the events that took place on Sunday night in Ferguson following a peaceful vigil for Michael Brown. Until approximately 2 am, I sat with my head in my hands in my living room, keeping one eye on the TV and one eye on social media.

The next few days I went to work, checking Facebook and Twitter during breaks, and later continued following these events from home in the evenings. Updates streamed non-stop with local and national news updates covering everything from peace vigils and clean-up days to pictures of people holding guns and challenging looters to come to them. However, the thing I saw the most from people all over political, racial, educational, and socioeconomic spectrums, was some form of the statement, “Looting and rioting doesn’t make things better.” Oftentimes, this statement appeared…

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