Protests erupted nationwide late Monday after a grand jury decided not to indict a white Missouri police officer in the fatal shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown.http:
I am not a police officer, but I am a conscientious human being who can discern what is right and what is wrong, and, what lurks in “between” these two opposing forces that inhabit the human soul. At crucial times our courts are called upon to mediate, validate, or mandate what the in “between” entails.
The big bad wolf or historic racial profiling?
Michael Brown made the headlines because he was black, because he was killed at the hands of a white officer, Darren Wilson, and because he was unarmed at the time of his death. Yet, according to Wilson, his decision to terminate Brown was due to Brown’s physical appearance and verbal nuances: “Brown was so large and menacing”, [Wilson testified], that “I felt like a five-year-old holding onto Hulk Hogan,” adding, “That’s just how big he felt and how small I felt just from grasping his arm.” [Continuing], “Brown stopped, he turned, looked at me, made like a grunting noise and had the most intense aggressive face I’ve ever seen on a person,” Wilson said. http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/michael-brown-shooting/photos-show-offi…
America is bleeding, literally and figuratively. The blood of African American males runs in the streets like a broken water main in Detroit. Trayvon Martin, another high profile murder victim is an additional prime example of the blood shed by America, literally and figuratively.
Martin’s murder was carried out because it was a dark rainy night; Martin was wearing a hoodie to keep dry, and he had a bag of Skittles’ candy in his hand that could have been misconstrued as a firearm. Martins’ executioner, George Zimmerman, was “protecting” his neighborhood even though he was ordered by police dispatch not to pursue Martin.
Where is a root to the problem?
America, the question begs to be asked, do we really want to hang our justice system and verdicts on such lame, racially charged allegations that set men free who have taken the freedom of another human being?
Are we so blind to justice that we accept the fate of our dead comrades and fold our arms while others will be led down the same path? Do we understand that decades of discrimination can transform the minds of individuals, in a negative manner, who are called upon to be civil servants?
And does one ponder why thousands of people are in the streets from New York to Los Angeles and Chicago to Seattle, demonstrating against the grand jury’s decision in Ferguson, Missouri on Monday?
Police officers should be trained to deal with a myriad of circumstances. They should be symbolic of justice and not veered as lone vigilante executioners who carry out the bidding of a system that marginalizes minorities to point of killing without consequences.
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My nostrils are flaring right now and my thoughts are with the men in America with an African heritage. How much and how long have they been (and will be) castrated, disemboweled, beaten down and disenfranchised?
Killing is wrong and I abhor violence Yet, people die in wars, rebellions, civil unrest, and neighborhood turbulence. America’s history of slavery, no education and then the miseducation of “the Negro”; the attempted eradication of public education; economic inequities; social discrimination, and white privilege has created a living and breathing in “between” the rights and wrongs consciousness that keeps us a nation divided.
Brown started running toward him, Wilson said, darting his right hand under his shirt and into his waistband and keeping it there. “I fired multiple shots,” Wilson said, but “he was still in the same state: still charging, hands still in his waistband, hadn’t slowed down.”
Wilson fired two more series of multiple shots — one or more of which “hit him in the head and he went down right there,” Wilson said.
Darren Wilson might have been too small for the job; literally and figuratively.