A grand jury in Ferguson, MO has been meeting since the end of August. They have heard more than 60 witnesses and seen reams of evidence. They’ve seen the injuries to police officer Darren Wilson. They’ve seen crime scene photos. They’ve seen the forensic evidence from inside Officer Wilson’s police cruiser. Tonight, the grand jury’s decision was made public.
They determined that the evidence showed Officer Wilson did exactly what he was supposed to do. He was found innocent and an indictment was not handed down.
Almost instantly, rioting began. State troopers were in place before the verdict was read, armed with rifles and full riot gear. Barricades were knocked over, rocks and bricks were thrown at police, windows were broken, and the rioters rapidly graduated to marching down the street, looting and setting businesses on fire.
If Dr. King could see what is going on right now, he would be openly mourning the death of his famous dream.
The “hands up, don’t shoot” mantra was born of the claim that Michael Brown’s buddy made to police after the shooting – that Brown had his hands up and was trying to surrender. We later found that Brown had just committed a strong-arm robbery, then when contacted by Officer Wilson he attacked the officer in his cruiser, tried to grab his gun, got shot during the struggle (after repeatedly punching the officer in the head), then tried to walk away. THEN, when Officer Wilson got out and ordered him to stop, Brown turned and said, “what are you gonna do, shoot me?” and charged him. The killing shot was fired into the top of Brown’s head, indicating that Brown was actually charging when he died.
None of that makes any difference. The evidence shows that there was no racism involved. No racist comments were made. Yet because an “unarmed young black man” was shot and killed, it absolutely has to be because the white officer who fired the shots was a racist. That’s the only outcome that any of these cretins are willing to entertain. This is the result of a lack of education and generation after generation of deep-seeded hatred being ingrained into these communities.
Yes, racism exists. Unfortunately I see it almost singularly from Blacks and Hispanics. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke passionately of his dream on August 28, 1963. He believed it so much that he refused to become violent in his drive to achieve equality. Today, most of the protesters would openly tell you that they don’t want justice for Darren Wilson. They have already written him off.
“I have a dream that all of G-d’s children – black men and white men, Jews and gentiles, protestants and catholics – will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, ‘free at last, free at last, thank G-d almighty, we are free at last!'”
Sadly, tonight that dream has died.