Michael Brown’s death is a tragedy. We need to find out the facts and then we will know what the next steps should be, but is the excessive press presence hurting or helping Ferguson? Does the presence of the press lead to more information or does it lead to more mis-information? Share your thoughts.
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Yesterday the name of the police officer who killed Michael Brown was released. The video tape shown above was also released. The tape according the police shows Michael Brown stealing cigars prior to his death. So how does this relate to the shooting of Brown? Does it show that he was a bad guy? It might, but was the stealing of cigars worthy of a death sentence? No. Last night there was more looting in Ferguson and that does not help the situation. Criminal behavior will not yield positive results. The police are being very careful, but their patience will only last for a season. Business owners are now taking arms to protect their businesses and who can blame them? Earlier this morning I heard a reporter say he saw two looters carrying an industrial saw to their car. What does this theft have to do with Brown? Nothing. This is criminal behavior not civil unrest. They are not the same thing.
While watching the CBS Evening News I heard the anchor refer to Michael Brown as an unarmed black man. The term stopped me. I actually used it in an earlier post, but was Michael Brown a man? He was a teenager. He was a boy with a future that was violently destroyed last Saturday, but when you think of teen you realize this was a conflict between a man and a boy. It’s easier to accept the situation if you view Brown as a man, but an eighteen year old is not a man. It is interesting how black males are frequently given labels that the majority find appropriate for the time. My grandfather was called a boy for most of his life. He was the patriarch of our family, a respected deacon in his church and a boy on his job. Big Papa was a man but he was not called man until he was close to the end of his life. How Brown is defined makes a difference. If you see him as a boy you will view the conflict as a fight between a man and a boy and that is rarely a fair fight.
This morning I decided to watch Fox and Friends, and they did not disappoint. They were interviewing some no name ex-DC cop. He was giving his take on the looting in St. Louis. I was actually waiting to see how could they possibly make a connection between the looting and the president, and the cop did it. He said that most of the people doing the looting and the rioting probably voted for the president and since there is big unemployment in the community they are frustrated, and that is in fact the president’s problem. Now part of his statement is true. The president did receive the majority of the black vote, but frustration does not turn you into a criminal. Frustation might breed apathy and maybe contempt, but it does not make good people commit criminal acts. The reality is the riots are not the fault of the White House. Everything is not President Obama’s fault, but for some folks everything is a reason to attack him, but if something good happens it happened in spite of him.
An unarmed black man Michael Brown was killed by the police in a St. Louis suburb. This is a tragedy and it is being investigated, but his death does not give license to lawlessness. Breaking into stores and stealing is not an act of protest it is a crime. A few minutes ago I saw a woman appearing on CNN talking about the frustration of the community, but that is not an excuse for looting the stores that actually serve the community. We do a disservice to the victim when we attempt to justify criminal behavior.
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Donald Trump tweeted the following: “the US cannot allow EBOLA infected people back. People that go to far away places to help out are great, but must suffer ther consequences.” What do you think? Is Trump being insensitive or is this a very valid fear? Share your thoughts.
The last few days have been filled with talk of domestic violence. Whoopi Goldberg defended Stephen A. Smith’s comments. Goldberg contends that if a woman hits a man she should not be surprised if she gets hit. What do you think?