Brian Fletcher, former mayor of Ferguson, Mo., says its residents are tired of the constant protesting, tired of the noise and tired of feeling intimidated, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. That's the reaction many protest leaders said they are hoping for, nearly 70 days after police officer Darren Wilson fatally shot Michael Brown, 18. Since then, protests have sprung up around the region. Yesterday, protesters fanned out across the metro area for their “Moral Monday,” the fourth day of noisy demonstrations over race relations and police conduct that attracted activists from across the U.S.; 49 people were arrested at two separate events in Ferguson that unfolded during a driving midday rainstorm.
Fletcher, like many others, says it's hard to remember what it felt like to live in Ferguson before the city became infamous. Fletcher, who is white, acknowledges that persistent racial tension underlies Ferguson's new reality. “I think quite frankly, Caucasians are intimidated by protesters who think that if they can make Caucasians feel uncomfortable, they can change the rules. And it's working,” Fletcher said. A number of black people also feel uncomfortable. Pam Peters has lived in Ferguson for 37 years. “I don't like the way people are talking about Ferguson now,” she said. “We are good people. We are tired of the protests.”