Prior to the grand jury decision, I penned a sort of personal message to the protestors in Ferguson and, really, anyone sympathizing with them. I pleaded with them to choose to do the right thing, to consider the future ramifications of their actions and to consider how they want to be remembered in the pages of history. I knew that my message had about a million-to-one chance of actually reaching anyone in that small town. Even with my link floating around in the vastness of cyberspace and on Facebook and Twitter, it was a long-shot. But nevertheless, I felt compelled to do something. I’d like to think that, if nothing else, my message might have resounded with some who support and condone these violent protests. I was so hopeful.
But, the truth is, the majority of the protestors had their minds made up about this case long before the grand jury released their verdict. In actuality, my message would have likely had little effect. You see, the facts don’t matter to these people. This entire case was built on a fabricated narrative created immediately after Michael’s death — a narrative fueled by false eyewitness testimonies (in some cases, from people who weren’t even eyewitnesses), feckless race baiters like Al Sharpton and by social agitators on the Internet and across the country. These people were never interested in the forensics investigations, physical evidence or ballistics reports. They don’t care that all the evidence and credible eyewitness testimonies validate and corroborate Officer Wilson’s version of the events. (Some of these credible eyewitnesses were even black.)
The truth is that Michael Brown was a belligerent, aggressive, combative, violent young man who lost his life because he decided to rob a convenience store, assault a store clerk and then get into a fight with a police officer. (Brazenly ignoring the officer’s command to “Get on the ground.”) During that fight, he tried to take Officer Wilson’s gun. He made a choice. The wrong choice. And now he’s dead. Does it really surprise anyone that this young man was shot? He attacked a cop. Is there any scenario in which assaulting a police officer works out well for the assailant? I can’t think of one.
These rioters say that they want justice. Back in August, they marched the streets of their town shouting, “We want justice for Mike Brown! No justice, no peace!” The irony is that these people never wanted justice. Tuesday night was absolute, irrefutable proof of this. This was never about justice for them. This was about pushing a false, and utterly uneducated, narrative that young people of color are mistreated and profiled by cops across the country. This was about making a ridiculous political statement that, quite honestly, dishonors Michael Brown’s death and memory. This was about demanding a certain outcome — an outcome in which Darren Wilson would be thrown in jail for the rest of his life for shooting Michael Brown.
But, that’s not how justice works here in America. Justice is about getting to the truth. Not your version or idea of the truth. The absolute, provable, irrefutable truth. Only then can true justice be served. You might not like it. You might not think it’s fair. But, the facts will not change just because you feel a certain way. Demanding that an innocent man be thrown in jail or killed before there is even an investigation is not the behavior of a rational, sane human being who is seeking the truth. Flipping over police cars, setting buildings on fire, looting businesses and throwing rocks at police officers are not the actions of people who want justice. It’s the behavior of a lynch mob. It’s this psychological and emotional condition that has blinded these deranged protestors from seeing the plain and simple facts of this case. They’re so caught up in their stubborn ideological war that they have willfully chosen to ignore and disregard any evidence that conflicts with their predetermined feelings about this case. This is pure insanity.
When Officer Darren Wilson shot and killed Michael Brown in August, I wrote these words in a post: “Mark my words: If Wilson is not indicted, the radical violence we have seen thus far in Ferguson will look like a beach keg party compared to what will come.”
Well, here we are. Wilson was not indicted and every news reporter on the ground in Ferguson has said that Tuesday night’s protests were far worse than any night they covered back in August. Police cars have been incinerated. Over 25 business have been burned to the ground. Countless rioters have been arrested. Dozens of small businesses have been looted. Police have been pummeled with rocks, bricks, glass bottles and just about everything else you can imagine. Over 2,100 National Guardsmen are now on the ground there. Rioters have been forcibly controlled with tear gas and rubber bullets.
So what are the facts? Well, despite what so many delusional rioters want you to believe, Mike Brown was not a “gentle giant” or a moral human being. He was, at first, an individual who matched the description of a robbery suspect when Officer Wilson noticed him walking in the middle of the street. (And he ignored Wilson’s request that he move to the sidewalk.) Brown had just stolen some cigars moments before and had assaulted the store clerk. (Which was caught on film by the store’s security cameras.) Before Wilson could even exit his police car, he was attacked by Brown, who was determined to keep Wilson from even getting out of the car. According to Wilson’s account (verified by eye witness testimony and forensic investigations), Brown then reached for the officer's firearm and somewhere during their scuffle, the gun went off. (Verified by the ballistics investigation.) After the gun fired, Brown decided to run and that’s when Wilson exited the vehicle and pursued him. (And rightfully so.) This is when Brown stopped running, turned around and charged at Officer Wilson in what some have described as a football player stance. Fully aware that Brown was twice his size and had already been willing to take his gun, Wilson made a decision to protect himself and to use lethal force to stop Brown from attacking him. He shot him. Further investigation found a trail of Brown’s blood spanning a distance of almost 20 feet past where his body lay in the street — proving that Brown did in fact stop, turn around and charge Wilson.
But, none of this matters to these people. They couldn’t care less that they have tried for months to vilify a man who was not only fulfilling his duty as a police officer, but was acting in self defense, fearful for his life. Let’s be honest here: It does not matter that Michael Brown was not armed and that Officer Wilson was armed. This utterly irrelevant. A man of Michael Brown’s size does not need a gun to be a lethal threat. His physical abilities alone were enough to threaten the officer’s life. And Wilson has multiple bruises on his face that prove this. In addition, autopsy results revealed that Brown had traces of THC (marijuana) in his blood. While this might be of little consequence to the specifics of the incident, it speaks to Brown’s character and the kind of person he was. He not only had no regard for Officer Wilson’s authority as a police officer, he was under the influence of drugs. Is this the sort of man that much of the black community is now hailing as a “civil rights hero” and a martyr? Really?
If these protesters really wanted true justice, they would be fine with the outcome of this case. Justice has been served. It just wasn’t served in the manner or fashion that they expected and wanted. So they’ve decided to throw grown adult temper tantrums with the immaturity of petulant children. The only difference being that little children don’t burn down buildings and loot businesses.
The real conversation that should be taking place here is not one about young black men being killed by white cops. (Which is an overblown and exaggerated narrative anyway.) It should be about the cultural influences, conditions and ideological mindsets that encourage and cause black teens to act the way that Michael did. This is not a racist suggestion or conversation. There are plenty of violent white and Hispanic teens. But, if these protestors and the leftwing media are this determined to focus solely on Michael Brown, let’s try to get to the heart of what’s really going on in the black teen culture. Let’s talk about explicit rap music that promotes violent gang and thug behavior. Let’s talk about the high percentages of black families that fall apart because dads don’t care about family values or commitments. Let’s talk about the lack of importance placed on education in the black community. Let’s talk about the percentage of black children who are born out of wedlock, contributing to the instability of the family structure. Let’s talk about a government that hands out free welfare and food stamps in unbelievable quantities to black families, thus encouraging many blacks to lack a work ethic, resulting in unbelievably high levels of poverty and unemployment in many black communities.
Aren’t these issues more important? Wouldn’t solving some of these issues perhaps, just maybe, possibly help to prevent these sort of incidents? Or, at the very least, reduce the number of these incidents?
If these protestors are still so passionately determined to protest something, they need to do so peacefully and with the knowledge that justice is not bound to social prejudice and your idea, opinion or definition of justice. Justice is supposed to be blind to social prejudice. It’s supposed to be blind to race, gender, sexual orientation and just about everything else. It’s not open to debate or interpretation.
And in this case, true justice was served. It just wasn’t your version of justice. And if you’re not satisfied with that, perhaps you should go home and reassess your definition of justice and attempt to get a grasp on what justice really means.
“One of the most common tendencies of human nature is that of placing responsibility on some external agency for sins we have committed or mistakes we have made. We are forever attempting to find some scapegoat on which we cast responsibility for our actions…Returning violence for multiple violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars…Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.
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