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As the country awaited the decision of the grand jury investigating the shooting of Mike Brown by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, Ferguson area business owners prepared for potential riots and violence. Many business owners have boarded up their shops in advance of the verdict.

In fact, Ferguson business owners held a press conference to discuss the preparations they're taking in case of potential violence.

The business in the background isn't the only one that's put up the “hands up, don't shoot” sign in Ferguson as a sign of solidarity with protesters.

Meanwhile, other businesses are going out of their way to point out that they're black-owned.

But being 'black-owned' hasn't saved some businesses in the past.

Hopefully, no matter what the grand jury's decision is, no businesses, black-owned or not, in the Ferguson area will be looted or destroyed. Private business owners had nothing to do with the shooting of Mike Brown and destroying private property is not the same thing as peacefully protesting.

Another thing: Is this the nation we really want? Where prejudice against Americans, either black or white, goes on because some in this nation are racially dividing us? Instead of categorizing people as good or bad according to their race, we can try treating people as individual human beings. That would be real “change.”

Update: This is what happened to one such business.