I suppose there’s no use debating or arguing over this whole Ferguson thing anymore. It’s been a year since the not-so-gentle-giant Michael Brown committed a strong-arm robbery, assaulted a police officer, wrestled him for his gun and wound up dead — shot in self defense by Officer Darren Wilson. Of course, that’s not how the vast majority of Ferguson citizens see it. That’s not how the Brown family attorney sees it. It’s not how Beyonce sees it. (You know, because her opinion matters the most.) As far as they’re concerned, Darren Wilson is a racist pig who should be put to death for slaughtering an innocent young black kid. Never mind that every single scrap of evidence, including eye-witness testimonies from black people, supports Wilson’s defense. Never mind that “hands up, don’t shoot” never even happened and was disproven by a grand jury report, DOJ report, forensics, ballistics and several eye witnesses. Never mind that Obama’s own Justice Department found Wilson to be innocent. Never mind that there’s no statistical evidence of any kind to support the accusation that cops are out stalking the streets, mowing down black men for no reason. Never mind that cops kill more white people than black people every year.
Facts are irrelevant to these protestors.
So, it’s really no surprise that on the one-year anniversary of Brown’s death, St. Louis County has been forced to declare a state of emergency. On Sunday night, some lunatic decided it would be cool to honor Mike Brown’s memory by opening fire on a few plainclothes police officers in an unmarked van. Of course, those officers returned fire, critically injuring the shooter. And good for them. Bravo, I say.
Anyway, like I said earlier, I’m not here to start a debate on the events of Brown’s death. Most people have their mind made up one way or the other about the facts of the case which, again, fully corroborate Wilson’s testimony. Every ounce of logic, reason and common sense — everything proves that Brown was not shot in the back, he didn’t have his hands up and that this entire facade was a lie concocted by his thug friend who was just trying to avoid prosecution. Brown is not a civil rights hero; he was a belligerent, defiant, violent kid who picked a fight with an armed cop and lost. It’s just simple math really: 1+2=3. Charging at an officer and trying to take his gun usually results in getting shot. This is just simple logic. If you want to keep living in a fairytale land about that, then by all means, go right ahead. It’s a free country.
I think that this week’s outbursts of violence in Ferguson, even the peaceful protests, are indicative of a bigger trend, one that seems to be expanding. You see, the Ferguson rioters have made it cool and fashionable to vilify your local police. It’s become a subculture filled with hate, violence and a brazen disregard for truth, facts and evidence. They even have their own t-shirts, slogans, chants and bumper stickers. All that’s missing now are some Mike Brown ball caps and a "Black Lives Matter" reality-TV show. These people obviously never cared about “justice” for Mike Brown — otherwise they would have stopped torching cop cars, shattering windows and stealing six-packs of beer. They wouldn’t be interrupting campaign speeches or constantly demanding the attention of the nation just to satiate their political agenda.
Justice was served, it just wasn’t the form of justice these deranged anarchists wanted.
Of course, trendsetting violence has its consequences and we’re already seeing the results — virtuous men and women are opting out of thankless police work to pursue other various and more lucrative career options. After all, burger-flippers at McDonald’s are usually treated with more respect than neighborhood cops. Americans probably thank their waitresses more often than the officer who patrols their streets at night. And as more and more seasoned officers quit and the young prospects choose other job options, crime rates continue to soar and people feel more justified in ignoring police authority altogether. It’s just a vicious cycle, really.
It’s baffling that one year later, there is still confusion over Mike Brown’s death. Even more baffling, however, is the way in which much of our society continues to embrace the hollow “hands up, don’t shoot” mantra as a rallying cry — a catchy slogan for anyone who wants to protest and vilify the police. Truth be told, this isn’t really about Mike Brown anymore. It’s not even about justice. It’s about a fashionable political narrative being touted by people who adhere to an ideological misconception about America’s police forces. And no amount of debate, education, statistics or facts will convince them to acknowledge the truth — particularly when the media and our president continue to fan the flames. For crying out loud, The White House sent representatives to the funerals of Mike Brown (who robbed a convenience store, punched the clerk and then attacked a cop) and Freddie Gray, who had been a criminal his entire adult life. Meanwhile, Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing was cooking up politically-movitated reports arguing that much of America’s police forces are “over militarized” and too quick to use excessive force.
Man, I’m sick of this nonsense. I’m sick of the race-hustling, the fake narratives, the chants that are based on utter fabrications and lies and the theatrics that are so overblown and exaggerated. I’m sick of human beings who have brains and the capacity to think critically ignoring facts and evidence. I’m sick of our leaders in Washington who are content to ignore the truth in order to advance their racially and politically motivated agendas. I’m sick of the media outlets who are in bed with those corrupt politicians.
But, most of all, I’m sick of the unwarranted, unnecessary, uneducated insults being hurled at our nation’s finest men and women — the insults coming from those lunatics marching the streets of Ferguson right now. They have no regard for the truth and it’s deplorable.
Speaking of truth, that’s my biggest concern in all of this. You know, it’s bad enough that there’s an entire subculture out there making some sort of political fashion statement by bashing on cops. But, the bigger reality is that our country as a whole, we as Americans, have become utterly unconcerned with Truth. The ongoing events in Ferguson are just a small example of a much deeper, nationwide problem. We will never achieve the sort of progress and advancement that our country is starving for as long as there are so many of our citizens so openly hostile to the truth. If people had a genuine longing for truth, maybe we could start solving some problems. Sadly, we’re not there yet. We’re not even close. Honestly, that’s why this election cycle is so important. If we had a president and an administration that placed a priority on truth and morality, we’d been in far better shape.
For now, I’m sure cops will continue to be the political punching bags of our society. It’s a troubling, ridiculous, absurd trend. Folks like those in Ferguson should be ashamed.
If they were truly concerned about bettering the black culture in America, they’d be protesting against the media that distorts the truth about white cops killing unarmed black men.
They’d be protesting a president who has done absolutely nothing positive for the black community since he took office seven years ago.
They’d be protesting race-hustlers like Al Sharpton who stir up senseless, pointless division between blacks and whites.
They’d be protesting abortion mills like Planned Parenthood, where thousands of black babies are killed every year.
But, I guess facing those issues just isn’t as cool or as fun as protesting a white cop who shot a black thug.
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