Has the president said enough about Ferguson? Today black and white pundits are saying that the president simply did not say enough yesterday. The president took a measured approach at his press conference yesterday, but should he have said more, and if so what? Is he damned either way? 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.
What can you do when you live in a war zone? An eight year old Detroit boy was killed when a bullet came through the wall of his home.
Let me answer the question in the headline-no I don’t understand it. Television shows like Parenthood feature autistic characters, but as my friend pointed out most television autistic characters are high functioning, but what do you do when you have two adult non-verbal autistic sons? Do you lock them in a basement? A couple in Maryland did just that and there story is circulating and people are making their comments and their judgments, but who are we to judge? Yes we can agree that keeping two people padlocked in a room for hours could easily be defined as cruel and unusual, but we do need to hear their story. We need to know whether they had sought resources and were they denied? There is more to this story and we need to know all the facts before we think about casting the first stone.
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