It is “extremely rare” for me to sound like any kind of “radical.” Usually I like to examine things from “all” perspectives before chiming in on a specific subject. Today is about the “‘closest” I will ever come to sounding like an “irate black man” and I will apologize now for what I am about to say… The Grand Jury in Ferguson. MO returned a verdict absolving police officer Darren Wilson of “ALL” charges in the shooting death of “unarmed” teenager Michael Brown. Even though we all “knew” what the verdict was going to be, it still leaves a bad taste whenever something like this happens. If you would like to check out the story then click (or copy and paste into your browser) the link below:
After reading the words of testimony I feel even “more” uneasy about the results of this case. People may wonder why this is so alarming to me, and I will tell you why. Of course Michael Brown was a big hulking Black teenager. He had a threatening presence about him and the officer was scared (according to his own testimony) and feared for his life. However, as big as Michael Brown was, “no man” should ever be expected to be a match for a “loaded gun, especially when that man is unarmed.” The officer said that he was “unable” to reach for his night stick or his pepper spray, but yet according to him he was able to reach for his gun and then after Michael Brown ran away (after the initial shot) he was able to radio for backup. How convenient… According to the testimony, police never received the calls for backup. To me, that is “extremely troubling” because here in Philadelphia if an officer is “down or needs assistance” then ALL able squad cars drop EVERYTHING they are doing to come to the rescue. I just can’t imagine police ignoring his calls when an officer needs assistance and I cant imagine that his phone didn’t work when that is always “necessary” for officers in their line of duty. Wilson claimed to be scared of getting hit again by this man, but obviously the thought of “rolling up his window until help arrived” never dawned on him. Also, why is it that he was never able to reach his night stick or pepper spray again? The spray “by itself” would have “disoriented and rendered Brown completely helpless” and immobile without a single shot having to be fired. How can an officer “not” be able to reach his nightstick or pepper spray? Was it chained to the floor of his squad car? Evidently, a tussle ensued between Brown and the officer and there were marks on the officer to prove it. Well, if someone shoots me then damn it, I am going to fight for my life as well. Okay, enough of examining details. There are enough here for you to make your “own” conclusions. “From a Black Perspective” I am going to tell you why this is so alarming. Years ago George Zimmerman managed to hunt down an “unarmed Black teenager,” totally “disobey” the orders of police who directly told him to “NOT” follow the suspect, and then confront him and shoot him dead. George Zimmerman was exonerated of ALL charges in court. Now this officer, Darren Wilson, does the same thing. The officer never waited for back up, never used pepper spray and claims he was scared even though he was “brave enough” to continue to confront Brown “alone” in efforts to apprehend him. This time the officer was “also” exonerated of all charges and set free. This sets a “very bad precedent.” If people now start to feel as though they can stalk, hunt down and shoot any unarmed people they meet on the street without any backup assistance then that means that any one of us could easily be “next.” The fact that the victims were Black while the perpetrators were White only “adds” to the history of “civil rights violations” that Blacks have had to endure over generations. I am sure there are some who will say that this teenager robbed a store for cigarillos and that he was confrontational to police. Even if that is true, that should “NOT” justify him being shot “multiple” times when he was unarmed and left for hours on the ground to die. The anger expressed by the Black community is about the same as it was for the White community when OJ Simpson was found innocent of killing his White wife. It is also the same for when Tiger Woods had affairs with all those White women outside of his marriage (It was amazing how big that story was but when it came to Shaquille O’neal and his affairs with other BLACK women it was not such a big deal). When Kobe Bryant was charged but not brought to trial for the rape of that White woman, the anger that resulted was about the same as well. This shooting incident should never have happened the way it did. The issues of race in this story only make it worse, but we “can’t” continue to support hunting down and killing unarmed people on the street. If a Black man had done the same exact thing to a White individual (with the same set of circumstances) what do you think would happen to him at trial? Please give me an “intelligent” answer. What’s “done is done”but we have to find a way to protect ourselves, otherwise anyone will be soon be able to kill any of us in cold blood and “justify it” later. Again, I apologize if I sound radical in what I am saying, but I just cannot see the killing of “anyone” who is unarmed and I DEFINITELY can’t see him being “shot multiple times in the process.” I thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always, I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
Linda Carter (who used to play Wonder Woman) and Brett Jolly before a concert