Since the summer we have all watched the events that have happened in Ferguson, Missouri. The social media reaction has covered the social spectrum, from Micheal Brown was a "gentle giant" who was gunned downed by a racist to he was a thug and got what he deserved. The community reaction has been well documented as well. Protests, marches, riots, fires, and looting.
So what led to the confrontation between the police and Brown? Initially everyone believed that Brown was stopped because he robbed a convenience store, which is proven by the store surveillance camera. I have also read that Brown and a friend where blocking traffic and this is the reason the officer confronted them. The fact that Brown had just robbed the store was not known at the time.
Given these 2 reports, I will go with the latter, Brown was blocking traffic. So there was a legitimate reason why Brown was approached by the officer, not just because he was black. So there was an altercation between Brown and the officer. The eyewitness reports say that the officer basically shot Micheal Brown down, and the officer says he acted in self defense. So where do you go from here? Well it went to the investigators and the grand jury, this goes on until late November and early December. During that time there more protests, riots, and looting. Also we had the usual national figures that must (or need) to get involved and "hands up, don't shoot" has become the new gesture for social injustice awareness.
After months of evidence gathering, that was reviewed by a grand jury. A grand jury that is made up of the people from the community. The decision reached was that the officer would not be indicted. Despite the evidence, and the forensics, Micheal Brown has become the current martyr for the black community. A community that is described to still suffer oppression from the white man who continues to enjoy his privilege of color since the founding of this nation.
Since I will not raise my hands and say "hands up, don't shoot" in a show of solidarity I know that will I be considered a racist who still enjoys his white privilege. If you indulge me for a little while longer I will explain why my solidarity is being withheld.
I will whole hardly admit that racism still exists. Especially on an individual level, and to some extent in groups. Examples being the KKK and The Black Panthers. Some people are just going to hate, and as long as they do not break the law they have the right to hate. Now as part of society that is governed by laws, racism (as sanctioned by government) is all but extinct. The separate but equal and back of the bus days are in the past.
With the Micheal Brown case the evidence does not support the narrative. I cannot accept the "gentle giant" description after seeing the video or Brown robbing a store and assaulting the owner. After months of investigation I cannot except the "hands up, don't shoot" mantra that many believe to be an accurate description of the shooting. Also, the "unarmed" description of Brown, although accurate, I believe leaves one with a false impression. Unarmed does not mean harmless. Micheal Brown was 6 ft 4 in tall and weighed 292 pounds. A person that size can cause injury or death with their bare hands. These are the prominent facts of the case that prevent me from believing that this was shooting based on the sole purpose of racism.
Finally some personal reasons why the events in Ferguson prevent me from being sympathetic to "struggle" of the black community, as it pertains to this event. I cannot begin to grasp how someone who feels they have been wronged thinks that a way to express their outrage is to burn down and steal other people's property. These are your friends and neighbors in your community and you steal from them. These are the businesses that provide jobs so that your friends and neighbors can buy food for their families and you burn them down. Your indignation does not validate lawlessness. The protesters in Ferguson are not the embodiment of Martin Luther King Jr. dream. In the eyes of this person you are someone wanting to do evil under the guise equality, and you use the cover of a mob to hide your identity.
Now that you have read this you may agree with me, or think that I fall into the white privilege category. Social media, when used properly, can be a great resource for debate and understanding. So please anyone and everyone feel free to comment.
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