Breaking News from Obama on Ferguson! Surprise! President Obama had something to say about the decision not to indict Darren Wilson. Last night, Obama and the rioters started stealing the Ferguson dialogue and it isn’t good for African American communities.
I know you are all as shocked as I am. Even though St. Louis County has freely elected officials and a highly functioning court system, which chose a grand jury that represented a cross-section of the county, AND that grand jury, made up of peers composed the only people in the world to see all of the evidence AND they clearly decided there was not even probable cause that a crime was committed, Obama thought he had something add. And here’s what he said:
In the most ironic statement ever made, Obama announced “First and foremost we are a nation built on the rule of law.” Reeeeaaaaly. Is that why you keep bypassing the lawmakers we all elected by your executive actions? Even Saturday Night Live is making fun of you for you abuse of our constitution.
He asked for protests to be peaceful. But quickly hijacked an appropriate comment into political spin. Obama said there is a deep distrust between police and communities of color which is a result of a legacy of racial discrimination in this country. Obama went further, “This is not just an issue for Ferguson, this is an issue for America.” Obama want’s this to be about racism so badly it hurts. But the physical evidence leads to a different conclusion.
The truth is, when a young man robs a store, acts defiantly to police orders and then assaults a policeman in his car, runs, is pursued, and runs back toward the policeman with his head down, as the physical evidence proves, this isn’t racism. It is defiance of law and order and could be avoided by having just the smallest amount of respect for civility. Did Michael Brown’s mistrust cause him to rob a store? assault a policeman? Most people would say, “Hey, I’m not going to do that because I don’t trust the police and if I get caught, I am going to be in trouble.” Obama’s spin is 180 degrees from the truth.
Brown’s hand was shot inside the police car. His blood and DNA was inside the car and the bullet that hit him was lodged inside the car’s door proving he was inside the car when he was first shot. The policeman’s face was also swollen proving he was assaulted. By who? The only other person who was in the car.
As Obama correctly said, we live in a nation built on the rule of law and the only thing that brings criminal charges against somebody is physical evidence. No amount of politics, rage, defiance, looting, rioting, or mischief will lead to charges or healing for that matter. Also, no amount of blaming racial divides will change the fact that Brown was ultimately killed because his own disregard for basic law.
I have a lot of respect for those who protested peacefully last night. You have a right to do that and you did it in the midst of people like the president agitating the emotions of this to maximize racial tensions. You are a model of how to protest and are leaders in your communities. You, and the rest of America should be ashamed (and I believe you are) of the undignified looting, burning and shooting that took place last night.
In the dumbest logic that has ever played out, these rioters protested the injustice of a young man being killed by acting in violence. Destroying property, businesses, and shooting at other human beings.
Both sides should be coming together and deal harshly with these violent protesters, many of whom are radicals like Black Panthers, Anarchists, and Anonymous. These groups don’t play by the rule of law, are not productive in resolving problems this nation faces and should be rejected. Unfortunately, they are the ones stealing the headlines today. They are the ones stirring the pot and making it even harder for African American communities to heal and to be restored.
During a time when we should be hearing about the grieving of black communities and the hope that comes from pulling together and dealing with the real issue that happened with Michael Brown, Obama and the rioters are stealing the ferguson dialogue, making it about race, politics, and emotion, rather than evidence.
Our opinions in this matter can come from two places: our emotions and what we think happened. Or, the grand jury who are the only humans on earth that examined the evidence. Any reasonable person will start with the jury, acknowledge what actually happened, and then discuss how that situation could have been dealt with more productively.