Filipinos in Ferguson area concerned for their safety  

President Barack Obama urged protesters in Ferguson, Missouri and other parts of the nation to be constructive, not destructive.

Obama says he knows the anger goes beyond the grand jury decision over the Michael Brown case.

“The frustrations that we’ve seen are not just about a particular incident,” said the US President. “They have deep roots in many communities of color, who have a sense that our laws are not always being enforced uniformly or fairly.”

But President Obama says people who engaged in criminal acts because of their frustrations should be prosecuted.

“Burning buildings, torching cars, destroying property, putting people at risk – that’s destructive and there’s no excuse for it,” said Obama.

2010 Census data show that there are only 14 Filipinos living Ferguson, but there are more than 4,000 Filipinos living in the county of St. Louis, where Ferguson is part of.

Filipino community leader Mary Crisologo Alikhan, who lives in the county, says she and other kababayans there are concerned for their safety.

“I don’t think it will die down right away,” said Alikhan. “I don’t know what’s going to happen. I don’t know whether some people asking for justice, for change in the interaction between police and African-Americans. I don’t know how that is going to be corrected, because this is years and years and years of attitude that are hard to correct.”

But she says Filipinos there have not taken part in the protests, and have chosen not to even discuss the controversial issue of racial tensions.

“We try to stay out of it. It’s really a racial thing between the African-Americans and the Caucasians,” added Alikhan. “The Asian community and the Filipinos try not to get involved. We have our own opinions of what’s going to happen, but we try not to voice it in public.”

The Philippine Consulate of Chicago has been coordinating with Alikhan and other community leaders there.

So far – officials say – no Filipino has been injured or affected because of the riots.

Authorities say the current situation in Ferguson has improved compared to Monday night. They say the deployment of some 2,000 National Guard troops in the area helped stop widespread violence, in a city that’s still enraged with the turn of events.

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  • Mario
    26 November 2014 at 4:25 pm - Reply

    Remember the video, before the shooting, it started when the 200 lbs Black boy, beat-up,robbed, and throw the small Indian shop keeper, then he called 911. The cop saw the boy which fits the description in the radio,confronted him who is walking in the middle of the street. He punched the cop into the face, and try to grab his gun.The rest is history.

  • noz
    26 November 2014 at 7:07 pm - Reply

    non racists, moderate civil rights groups will be going the wrong way, damaging their fairly acceptable reputations, if they will use the dead thug as their civil rights poster for justice/equality. thugs white or black knew damn well, to freely choose the job of a thug, the job descriptions of thugs mainly are engaging on violence, in turn entails of ending up dead. this is exactly what this dead thug have done in his young life, his parents and elders failed to teach him of lawful living, free from violent crimes means longer/happy life. the thug’s own wrong doings were the caused of him gone forever. the dead thug’s immediate family survivors kept on blaming somebody else, never blaming themselves raising a thug, as well as the usual appalling blame game of police, who are mainly out there patrolling, arresting subjects who are up to no good for public safety, yet the blacks focus blame game of the police is they are ready to shoot at blacks/people of color. blacks are into preposterous blame game of society’s undying racist scenarios are the roots of “years and years and years of attitude that are hard to correct”.