On November 24, 2014, a grand jury found insufficient evidence to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson of the murder of Michael Brown. Ferguson is a city in St. Louis County, Missouri, United States. It is part of the Greater St. Louis metropolitan area. The grand jury’s accusatory function is to determine whether or not there is probable cause to believe that one or more persons committed a certain offense within the venue of the district court. The “grand jury” in the United States is composed of 16 to 23 citizens. With todays’ forensic evidence, testimony, video, photography and level of education of the citizens it is reasonable to believe that this grand jury did the best job they could do with the facts that were presented. They knew and understood what was at risk here. This is their town.
But when you add racism to this tragedy, all hell breaks loose. Racism says a white cop shot an unarmed black “child.” Racism says “there is no justice, there will be no peace.” Racism says “a black life isn’t worth anything.” Racism says that black boys are a danger to the society. Racism refuses to look at facts. Racism multiplies with the media exploitation of the Brown families’ tears. Racism breeds when educated people are seen on television agreeing that justice was not done. Racism excuses outside influence for pontificating and agitating the uninitiated.
In the United States we enjoy the freedom to march against wrongdoings. Our country has been improved by the marches of the Civil Rights era. The right to petition government for redress of grievances is the right to make a complaint to, or seek the assistance of, one’s government, without fear of punishment or reprisals. We haven’t had a successful march since. There is no sane reason for burning or destroying your own neighborhood unless to get rid of pestilence. Fighting the police is uncalled for, and stupid. It’s racist to believe that all the law enforcement are white supremist.
It’s racist to support destruction anywhere for peace. There are grieving parents in Ferguson and nothing you do –can bring Michael Brown back to life. There are businesses and lively hoods threaten in Ferguson. There is a generation of children watching this foolishness with some choosing to continue the madness at a later date. I dare to say that none of the people in the streets have the facts. Racism is all they have.
I am praying for our nation.
We can’t reason when we are angry. We don’t listen when we are shouting. We can’t love when we hate. Racism has fueled it all. Frustration, and a lack of hope is behind it. Hate is the low hanging fruit and too many have eating from that tree.