Do you know what infuriates me? That we have people DEFENDING Michael Brown’s death. Maybe this race talk has made you uncomfortable. Maybe discussions about systematic prejudice and inequality in treatment means nothing to you and has you wondering why anyone thinks that racism still exists in our “post-racial” society. Maybe you’re tired of not understanding why when a black person is killed or taken to court, people claim it’s because of their skin color, especially when there are “equally applied laws” that they “obviously” broke. But take a step away from the race discourse, take a step away from what your experiences have taught you and look at what happened. Someone’s child is dead. And they died with no chance at justice. With no weapon in their hands. With no blood except their own staining their clothes. Why did Michael Brown need to die? I could go into detail about this. You know, questioning why we don’t have more proof supporting the claim that he reached for the officer’s gun. Why, if the altercation happened in the police car, was his body in the middle of the street riddled with bullets. Was his mere presence an equally deadly threat to the police officer ? When did police lives become more valuable than civilian lives? Why was that force necessary? And instead of asking for the reason why such deadly force was necessary to subdue an unarmed civilian, I see people justifying it. Why did his breath need to stop for that police officer to feel safe? Why did he need to die? As if there isn’t a multitude of other techniques the officer could have used. But no. This isn’t just a race problem. This is an everyone problem. What are our lives worth if the people hired and appointed to uphold and maintain justice get to determine when to distribute it? And when to take matters to the extreme. And when they go unchecked in the use of their power. Let’s ask these questions and, most importantly, mourn the death of a lost boy together.
First the cops said Mike Brown stole candy from a store. Then the store denied any such thing happened. Then the cops claimed Brown was trying to wrestle the gun from the cop in the car…despite the fact all the witnesses claim he was several feet away from the car and never near it.
IMO, by the time the Ferguson cops are done, they’ll have claimed Brown also shot Lincoln, JFK, Biggie and Tupac.