Over lunch, I happened to see CNN’s reporting live from Ferguson, MO where a white police officer was not indicted by a grand jury for the murder of a young black man. I was so frustrated by the lying, sloppy thinking, and plain despicability of it all that I had to blog it out.
The outrage, the injustice-- it is a fabrication of the aggrandizing hustlers and their accolytes in the media.
Let’s start with the young man, Michael Brown. Just as it did with the Trayvon Martin case, the media has deliberately lied about the person who died. Michael Brown was not a ‘gentle giant’—a cuddly young boy who just happened to be 99th percentile on the growth charts. No, he was a young man—and at 6’4”, a massive young man at that. He was far stronger than the officer involved in the case, and larger than the vast majority of officers in the Ferguson Police Department.
Was this massive young man just politely minding his own business when an aggressive cop took him out for no reason? No, the surveillance footage of the case shows that he was—within seconds of the actual shooting—in a violent and bullying mood, having just assaulted a convenience store owner.
Michael Brown was neither innocent, nor was he a child. He disobeyed lawful orders from a police officer. He taunted the officer. He charged the officer ‘with his head down’ according to a key eyewitness. After wrestling with the officer and trying to grab the officer’s gun, he got shot.
If you were an officer wrestling with someone twice your strength trying to grab your gun, what would YOU do?
Michael Brown was not a victim of anything the cop did. He made bad decisions and he died.
Michael Brown is more than anything a victim of the paralyzing disease that is the African-American culture in the US—a culture overwhelmed with illegitimacy, dysfunction, underachievement, and grievance.
Which makes the posturing by the lawyers and ‘civil rights leaders’ so much more embarrassing and despicable. Supposedly these people care about the massive (though fictional) issue of black children being gunned down by white cops. Yet they are silent on the hundreds of thousands of black babies murdered by abortionists every year. No word on the dysfunction of the modern black family in America, where that fraction of babies lucky enough not to be murdered will still end up born to an out of wedlock mother more than three times in four. Silence.
The outrage rings hollow. It is a cynical effort by those “leaders” to grab headlines and more power for themselves. I defy someone to demonstrate how Al Sharpton or his ilk have improved literacy rates for black kids, or lowered the incarceration rate of young black men, or improved educational access. When measured against things that might actually improve the lot of a black American, these self-appointed “leaders” have failed in every way that matters.
That is the Race Hustler’s Dilemma—if you actually make things better for the “victims” then the case for victimization is weakened. Indeed, why has Al Sharpton not been asked about this glaring conflict of interest between his own personal self-interest in grievance-mongering and the general well-being of the black community that benefits not at all from fertilizing the seed of victimhood so broadly sown by Sharpton?
And what of their claim that the Prosecutor—a Democrat—didn’t really want to convict the officer, so he made a weak case to the Grand Jury just to get him no-billed?
This is just sloppy thinking. For one, it assumes that there was a strong case to make, which the evidence suggests is a very dubious assertion.
Secondly, as with the Trayvon Martin case, political pressure is the only reason a grand jury was even involved. Recall that in the case of Martin, the prosecutor declined to even press charges because it was so obviously a justifiable homicide. That prosecutor was fired in favor of one that would do the bidding of the political powers and bring charges that should not have been brought.
So it was here. The evidence doesn’t even rise to the justification of even charging the officer. But all the powers that be know that there would be a figurative Hell to pay for doing what was legally proper and declining to file charges. Certainly the prosecutor knew well that his counterpart in the Martin case was fired for doing what was legally proper, so he wouldn’t take that chance. Charges were brought.
The problem is that charges brought on the weakest of evidence ultimately assure there will be no indictment—and while we all want the bar for indictment to be somewhat high if charges are trumped up against us, we all know that saying about getting a Grand Jury to indict a ham sandwich.
It’s not surprising that no indictment was issued, a less politically charged event—like one with a white kid getting shot—wouldn’t have even led to charges. There would be a preliminary investigation, the police officer would make the credible case of self-defense, and that would be that.
Neither, sadly, is it surprising that the charlatans of opportunity have swooped in to enrich their own power and wealth to the detriment of the people of Ferguson. Those rich elites like Sharpton will hop back on their private jets and fly to their tony NYC digs, leaving behind the people of Ferguson to rebuild their burned businesses.