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Pat McMahon

Ebony & ivory

Ferguson's on fire -- literally and figuratively.

A few days ago most of us would have asked, "Where's Ferguson?" But that was before this suburb of St. Louis, Mo., was torn apart by the shooting death of Michael Brown. And as you have been reminded, this is 18-year old Michael Brown -- unarmed Michael Brown, black Michael Brown.

Does that sound like I'm taking sides about an incident that nobody except one Ferguson policeman really knows about?

I'm not.

All those descriptions are true. Michael Brown was 18, unarmed, black and now he's dead. Did he provoke or threaten that officer? Perhaps we'll never know. But one thing we do know is that a lot of people in Ferguson -- besides that cop -- have been making a lot of bad decisions: the stupidity of the looters, the over-responsiveness of the police confronting peaceful demonstrators, the demonstrators who weren't peaceful, the heavily armed law men who forcibly shut down media.

Do we have to continue these confrontations between police and minorities?

"People, can we all just get along?"

Where did I hear that?

I'm Pat McMahon.

About the Author

He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talkshows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The McMahon Group" features an unpredictable all-star panel where three people from the community get together and give their thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's where he talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multifaceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.


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