Marybeth Rea is a white resident of Ferguson and lives there with her husband and two children. Living in a diverse community was important for Rea and her husband, and they believe that Ferguson is just that.
She said she has never felt uncomfortable because of her race while living in Ferguson. She feels it is a safe community but that has changed a little.
“There is a lot more tension in our community,” Rea said.
She said there is a protest across from the police station, but does not feel like they are a threat to her community or family.
Rea said she was concerned about people jumping to conclusion, and has not participated in any of the protests because she is still unsure of the facts.
“I don’t know what there is to protest, there is a system in place to bring justice to those who need it,” Rea said.