The shooting of the black 18-year-old by a white police officer, which ignited riots in the St Louis suburb in August, continues to make the news.
Although the policeman was acquitted last week, feelings are still running high.
The black population seem intent on revenge. They demonstrated such a powerful presence that they promised more mayhem if the officer was reinstated. So much so, that he’s been forced to resign in the face of threatening more violent retribution against the force.
My research for Blazing Obsession highlighted the exceptional actions people take in order to exact revenge. It’s become an epidemic. It’s one on one – a guy gets beaten up because he looks at someone the wrong way.
It’s local – someone plants 20 feet high conifers blocking out the sun to next door’s garden because his neighbour once parked his car across his garage.
It’s worldwide – usually another dispute over territory. Too many examples to quote.
It affects all religions – look what’s happening on the News every night. Syria, Israel, Iraq, Iran and many African countries, to name a few. But it’s the sheer intensity and physicality that’s grown exponentially. It’s not just an eye for an eye these days. It seems it’s an eye for an eye and several limbs.