I don’t know. Maybe it came from living through the 60s, or maybe it was the intense study I did on Martin Luther King, Jr. and the years I spent teaching the Civil Rights Movement in this country. Who knows? Maybe it came from years of studying and teaching Emerson and Thoreau, but whatever the cause, I believe deeply that civil disobedience is the duty of every single person who calls himself an American, and certainly those who claim Texas heritage. A country who blindly follows any form of government, law enforcement, or any other power is eventually doomed, at least that is what I personally believe; however, the key word here is CIVIL.
Now, having said all of that, Rickey Jones and I have talked about Ferguson for the past three months, and we are both in total agreement that we have worked WAY TOO HARD in our married life to sit back and allow thugs of any color to destroy what we have spent a lifetime building, and those thoughts are fodder for another story. Today, however, I have a list of at least some of the businesses who were hurt or destroyed by the recent rioting in Ferguson Missouri, and I thought some of you might want to check out their stories, order product, or simply add them to your prayer list.
It was Natalie Dubose, owner of Natalie’s Cakes and More, who first caught my attention. According to the stories I read, Natalie is a mother of two and saved for a very long time before she was able to open her dream business, a bakery. And then I saw her teary face when that business was torched. Thankfully, someone Natalie had never even met heard her story and opened a GoFundMe account that has grown to over $200,000 so Natalie is on her way to a great recovery.
Others (that I am aware of) that you might want to check on to see how they are faring are
St. Louis Cordless
Solo Insurance Agency
Ferguson Market Fund
I have yet to see whether accounts have been established for all of these business owners or not so if you have an interest, you might do that. And if you want to order a few brownies from Natalie, you can find her on Facebook.Photos from Facebook.