On August 9th, 2014, 18 year old Michael Brown was shot and killed by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. More than two weeks later, despite unrelenting media coverage, this is still the only fact we know.
The tension in this community between its predominantly black population and the predominantly white Ferguson police department appears to have been simmering for a long time. The usual race baiters arrived on the scene expressing outrage at the “execution” of this gentle giant by the police officer and demanding justice. While they say they want peace and justice, the only justice that will satisfy them is the conviction of police officer Darren Wilson.
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The entire country, in fact the entire world, looks on as America’s ongoing struggles with racism take the forefront in the tragic shooting death of a young black man by a white police officer.
Not only have the Revs. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton inserted themselves and their divisive rhetoric into this volatile environment. President Obama actually took time from his vacation to make a statement, expressing his and Michelle’s condolences to Brown’s family over the heartbreaking death of their son. Attorney General Eric Holder and his very selective Department of Justice determined this to be a case worthy of investigation, conducting a dual investigation along with local officials. His words to the black community expressing his personal experiences with racism and racial profiling tip the scales of justice towards a bias that should cause great concern to every American. The FBI launched a civil rights investigation, putting more than 40 agents on the ground in Ferguson.
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon called for a complete and fair investigation, justice for the Brown family, and also vigorous prosecution of the case.
Missouri State Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal called for St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch to be replaced by a special prosecutor believing he cannot possibly be impartial because of his ties to law enforcement and the fact that his police officer father was killed by a black man. She has also said if there is not a conviction, to “be prepared for the entire city to have looting.”
Governor Nixon (D), Attorney General Eric Holder (D), and Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal (D), along with the Revs. Jackson and Sharpton, have pre-determined the guilt of police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting of Michael Brown.
The decision to prosecute the police officer will be political, because when it comes to issues of race, Eric Holder is right. We are a nation of cowards. As long as insisting that justice be based on facts and evidence alone is deemed racist, as long as we allow the race baiters to continue to pick at old wounds and not allow for healing, as long as people continue to threaten violence if “justice” does not go their way, America will continue to be divided by the progressive politics of race.
Below is a video from Bill Whittle of Afterburner with some sobering statistics and speaking about the real epidemic of racial violence in America.