What makes this story extraordinary is that Michael Brown is an 18 year old Black Man. For weeks following the shooting there were protests in Ferguson Missouri (just outside St. Louis) resulting with the expected looting and sometimes violence as the racial tensions were stoked by outsiders coming to Ferguson.
Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson both converged upon the scene adding fuel to the fire making this a national tragedy.
The killing of anyone is always a tragedy, but what makes this so different from the violence seen across America everyday?
In Utah, a Black police officer shot and killed (white), Dillion Taylor, who like Michael Brown, was unarmed.
Unlike the Black police officer, whom I was not able to find his identity, the Ferguson’s white police officer not only had his name identified (Darren Wilson), but had death threats issued against him by the Black Panthers.
Jerrail Taylor, Brother of Dillion Taylor, told the Salt Lake Tribune, “We’re walking out of the 7-Eleven with a drink, when the cops show up and start harassing us with guns,” Jerrail contines, “Dillon Taylor was wearing headphones and didn’t respond to the three officers until they surrounded him, He couldn’t hear them, so he just kept walking. Then … they had guns pointed at his face. That’s when he turned off the music,” he said. “I saw them point guns at my brother’s face, and I knew what was going to happen.” One officer told Dillon Taylor to get on the ground, while another told him to put his hands on his head. He got confused, he went to pull up his pants to get on the ground, and they shot him.”
I continue to wonder where are the Al Sharpton’s voice in this situation. Both situations happened on 9 August and 11 August. One made the national headlines, the other was back in the pack. It is difficult to cry for justice for one, but not for all.
What happened in Ferguson is a totally different scenario. Police officer Darren Wilson was responding to a reported robbery that had occurred at a local store. Michael Brown was in fact captured on video stealing and assaulting a store clerk.
St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch reported: “The physical and scientific evidence examined by the grand jury, combined with the witness statements, supported and substantiated by that physical evidence, tells the accurate and tragic story of what happened.”
That Michael Brown was clearly the aggressor assaulting the Officer Wilson as they fought over the gun. There were two confirmed shots fired from inside the police car hitting Brown in the hand and leg. Michael Brown then began to take off when Officer Wilson began to pursue Brown ordering him to stop. This is where it really gets tricky.
The testimony shown that Michael Brown then bull rushed towards officer Wilson who then fired ten rounds from his gun trying to stop Brown. The last two rounds hitting Brown one in the forehead and the other on the top of the head which were fatal.
Horrible as this is, there is a totally different picture between the two police officers in these situations.
The grand jury found that Officer Wilson responded and took action to save his own life.
The situation with Dillion Taylor was completely different, the police officer had guns drawn on an unsuspecting person coming out of a store. The only wrong Mr. Taylor did was listening to head phones and probably not having his pants up straight.
Michael Brown on the other hand was clearly aggressive. From the assault and robbery at the store to the ultimate fight that would follow, his life was tragically taken.
When you take out all the drama and all the publicity, this is really a cut and dry case. All the protesting and reporting on racial divide in America blurs the whole situation beyond the bounds of justice. People who wanted Officer Wilson to go to trial put their emotions in front of their feelings and took to popular sentiment. Watching last night’s results after Prosecutor Robert McCulloch report really in itself is a tragedy. People took to the streets prepared to cause damage regardless of any verdict. I feel for the people of Ferguson who lost so much. There were 29 arrests, but hundreds got away with looting thousands of dollars worth of business, if not more.
Over 24 business were burnt to the ground, more than 19 storefronts were looted and vandalized. These business perhaps will not recover as hundreds of gun shots were heard throughout the night. St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar estimates hearing nearly 150 shots fired himself. There were 13 injuries reported with no fatalities. There were both police and civilian vehicles utterly destroyed in the rioting.
I’m afraid this will not end here, there are more planned events that hopefully will be peaceful, but there most likely be those who will cause trouble. This will cause school closings, traffic problems pulling more police resources. Last night, people took to the streets in New York, Chicago, Seattle, Los Angeles, Oakland, and Washington D.C. I expect this to expand in the upcoming days.
I am most intrigued with Chicago getting into this act as they have the worst capital murder rate in the Country? Where are the Al Sharpton’s and Jessie Jackson’s and the liberal press when it comes to Black on Black crime which is about 95% of the problem? Consider a tweet taken from last night during the carnage taking place: “In 513 days since Trayvon (Martin’s) death (in Florida) to today’s (grand juries) ruling, 11,106 African Americans have been murdered by other African Americans.”
Why is the liberal media so blind to what is going on in Chicago and in America? Why the silence? It is like the NAACP focuses on the Travon Martin’s and Michael Brown’s but totally forgets the real problem facing African Americans today. Michael Brown embodies all the emotions and resentments that has happened to the African American’s today. There are thousands of people taking to the streets feeling victimized by the grand jury’s “no indictment” ruling because of their sense of injustice. Police Officer Darren Wilson embodies the resentment felt by these protesters who believe justice was not served.
The family of Michael Brown is calling for peaceful demonstrations and no more violence. When ever a child is lost, it is always hardest on the families, especially the parents. Our prayers go out for them as well as the family of Dillion Taylor. None of the actions taking to the streets will bring them back and none of the looters and the rebels will bring positive change. Ferguson Missouri will take years to recover.
What is the underlying problem and what is the solution. The past few decades the liberal agenda has placed so much value on welfare that it has literally enslaved many people who cannot crawl out of poverty. The American dream has always been found in the potential than anyone who worked hard enough could break out of poverty and make something of themselves. When you take away prosperity and wealth, bad things come as a result. With the liberal policies and the attack on the family, just looking at the African American experience now, over 70% of Black children are born outside of wedlock. Black teenage boys are not being shown how to respect women. We see this from the Black popular culture found in their music and entertainment. Black Women are also in a bad state for the lack of respect. It is tragic what has happened to the Black culture the past 40 years. The family was a huge strength for the African American culture before the turmoil of the 1960′s.
Dr. Martin Luther King sought to fight racism through peaceful means. He was one of the great men of his time, but today, they are few and far between. Al Sharpton and Jessie Jackson have a voice box that could be used for so much good if they would only use it for good. Alan Keyes and other great Americans continue to seek to help the Black man, but without the media, the current government, little is being done to change the conditions that is affecting the African Americans in this country.
During President Obama’s 6 years so far, African Americans face unemployment well above the national average. Especially Blacks aged 16-19, whose unemployment went from 35.3 to 36.8%. Poverty among Blacks also has increased from 25.8 to 27.2%, which is nearly 30%. The obvious solution is to bring opportunity to improve their condition as well as all Americans. Unemployment and poverty does not abode well especially for the Michael Brown’s who have little hope in their life.
Ephesians 5:16-20 states, “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery; but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with all your heart, always and for everything giving thanks in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God the Father.”
St. Paul is giving important advice that we have not been listening too. Our young people are getting mixed up with drugs and alcohol, that is not good, they are not making wise choices in their life to succeed in life.
Galations 6:9-10 states, “And let us not grow weary in well-doing, for in due season we shall reap, if we do not lose heart. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all men, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.” Poverty causes hopelessness, people do lose heart without having opportunity, especially with the threat of losing all they have. We see St. Paul giving a clear importance of practicing and adhering to our Catholic Faith and helping the poor.
Colossians 4:5 states, “Conduct yourselves wisely toward outsiders, making the most of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer every one.” If faith was being instilled in our families and schools, if children were being brought up to respect others living the “golden rule”, could we effectively have a positive affect that can change the current problems America is facing?
We have heard the statement that everything begins at home, that is true so the family is the first and most important institution in raising a child. It is not the State nor the Federal Government. It is not the public schools nor the school board. Lately those have been detrimental to the family. No, it is the Parents that are the most important influence and teachers for their children. Schools would do better to support the parents to include holding fast to our identity and respect to our traditions, our culture and our faith. That is the real answer to today’s problems, we need to get back to the basics or things will continue to sputter out of control.
I waited until all the facts came out on the Darren Wilson case before I took any position, my heart and prayer goes out to the Brown family, I pray for healing. This is not going to be easy. The only positive I can hope for with this is that good will come about it. People need to work together, to definitely get more people of Christian faith involved.
Pray for the family:
O Lord, God of goodness and mercy, Who in the midst of an evil and sinful world hast presented to the society of the redeemed the Holy Family of Nazareth as a spotless mirror of piety, justice and love, behold how the family is being undermined on all sides, every effort being made to desecrate it by stripping it of faith, religion and morals.
Regard the work of Thy own hands. Safeguard in our homes the domestic virtues, for these alone will ensure us harmony and peace. Come and stir up the champions of the family. Bestir the modern apostles so that in Thy Name, bearing the message of Jesus Christ and exhibiting holiness of life, they may revive the doctrines of conjugal fidelity for married couples, the exercise of authority by parents, obedience on the part of children and modesty on the part of girls. Grant also through the efforts of these apostles, that the home favored by Thee with many blessings may again become an object of esteem and love in the minds and hearts of all.
It is through the examples of the Divine model of Nazareth that the Christian family is to be restored in Jesus Christ and to recover its former respect and dignity. Then every home will again become a sanctuary and in every household will be rekindled the flame of faith to teach patience in adversity and moderation in prosperity and to promote order, peace and harmony in all things.
Under Thy paternal gaze, O Lord, and with confidence in Thy Providence and in the loving patronage of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, the family will become a sanctuary of virtue and a school of wisdom. It shall prove, as Christ has promised, a haven of rest against life’s burdens. In the sight of the world it shall render glory to Thee, O Father, and to Thy Son, Jesus, until the day when, through Him, we shall, together with all His members, sing the Divine praises in the eternal ages to come. Amen. (By Pope Pius XII)
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