After just having read about the latest instance of grand jury negligence in the face of police brutality I have found myself angry both in the lack of justice our country has encountered over the past few weeks, and by public response. Listen, not everything can be made about race. I am not by any means saying that Michael Brown and Eric Gardners deaths are not a direct result of their skin color, but I am saying that if a defense attorney can so much as suggest that their client is not a racist the entire case is over. Excuse the pun, but racism is not black and white. There some people among us who are simply violent imbeciles regardless of whether or not the mound of flesh they intend to mutilate is white or black. Because I do believe that that is how they see things. Michael Brown should not be dead today, but he should have been arrested on the day of that shooting. You can call me insensitive all you want if that is your prerogative but I truthfully do not give two fucks. He broke the law and he deserved consequences in the same way that Darren Wilson did. While Mr. Garner’s alleged crime was of a shockingly more tame nature than that of Michael Brown’s according to state and federal law he too was in a position to be processed. In neither case did officers invent charges to throw at their victims. These were crimes that were called in by other people. They were doing their jobs by attempting to arrest them. This is not the point of contention. Violence is. When the lines are blurred the side of the argument that is blurring the loses all credibility, and these lines have been blurred. It is very difficult to prove on a legal scale that Darren Wilson or Daniel Pantaleo (the man that murdered Eric Garner) are racist. However, it is far easier to prove that they are assholes. That is to say, it is much easier to make a case that they unjustly or unrightly took the life of another HUMAN BEING. Those are the words that we should be focused on leading up to an indictment. HUMAN LIFE. That is what Eric Garner and Michael Brown were. People. Racial demonstrations are important. Despite my white privilege I am entirely aware that there is a tremendous portion of the population that is hurting deeply. They need a voice, but it cannot be one of sensationalization. Because that is what the media will talk about. That’s what they thrive on. Historically speaking, Michael Brown will most likely be the smallest aspect of the story when people look back. They will mostly only ever remember the fact the fact that Ferguson burned the night that the Grand Jury neglected to indict Darren Wilson. Stop the violence and racial equality will ensue.
Thats all I have on the matter for right now, but listen closely. Read these words really fucking carefully because I don’t want to have to repeat them in the comment section because some confrontation seeking reader chose to use my own words against me: I am not saying that these cases are not about race. I am telling you that if these men are going to go to jail it is going to be for murder, not for racism.
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I’m not thrilled to have to write this because honestly, I don’t know the facts of the case. But here’s the truth, the real truth. No one does. Well strike that. Two people. Mike Brown, and the officer that shot him. So this post will not be about who should or should not go to jail. Instead lets talk about what should happen tonight, because I know a whole hell of a lot of people in Illinois and Missouri who are afraid to leave their houses. First, I’m going to ask you to read this article with two principle truths. First: Regardless of what Michael Brown did or did not do, he should without a doubt still be alive today. Second, regardless of what tonight’s verdict reveals, nobody else should be hurt either. Ok with that out of the way lets continue.
The death of Michael Brown is a tragedy that, in light of public response cannot be forgotten, and that is exactly how it should be. Regardless of what he did or did not do that day all those months ago, he did not deserve to die for it, and now an entire segment of the population has yet another reason not to trust the police. It’s easy to side with protesters and rioters and those who have been hurt by this event, because indeed, the entire world has been hurt by the violent death of Michael Brown. Anytime an officer of the law has to use his or her weapon in the line of duty it is a tragedy, anytime a child is killed by a grown man with a gun, it is a travesty. This I think is something that most people can agree on. It doesn’t matter if Brown was a budding college student, or a pot smoking wannabe rapper, his life mattered, but now his family will be preparing one less spot at the dinner table this Thanksgiving, and that is tragic. There is an answer to this tragedy, though it is not one that our societies response has given.
Regardless of the intentions of Browns shooter, it is an undeniable truth that the African American population has been victimized by the same people whoa re supposed to be protecting. Unfortunately, racism exists everywhere. If you feel as though the response we have seen is an over blown ploy for justified anarchy, you are thinking foolishly. An entire race of our countries population is screaming outward to let the world know that they are in pain, and that they are afraid. Unfortunately, that pain and fear has given way to more pain and fear, and that is not ok.
Like I said, I know a lot of people who are afraid to leave their houses tonight. People have been hurt, and unfortunately, by the time the night is over that statement will most likely be all the more true. It easy to cry out for Michael Brown, in remembrance of him and everyone else who has been hurt seemingly because the color of their skin, but what is difficult is erasing stigma. America is saturated with social binaries, an “us and them”, mentality that divides us by gender, race, social class, and sexual orientation. If we are to end this binary, we need to do so with words, documents, speeches, litigation. We need to show the world that there is no difference between “us” or between “them”. The chaos that has ensued in Ferguson these past months is indicative of a grander problem that we will not able to end with violence. The world needs to understand that black people are not dangerous, and neither are white people. The danger comes from the believe that there is a difference between the two.
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