Oh, the tragedy.
There could be no real surprise. They knew at 1:00 PM what the verdict was and they waited until 9:45 PM to announce it. I already knew what it was. The weaselly politicians would have run out the door screaming “He’s been indicted! He’s been indicted!” if he had been. It would have been like the end of It’s a Wonderful Life. I would have announced it and then dealt with it in the light of day. It’s easier to hit a target in the daylight. Also, I would fear for the safety of people while they slept. At least give them the opportunity to defend themselves.
What amazes me is how people completely ignore any personal choices by Michael Brown. If you listen to his supporters, Brown was guilty of WWBB (Walking While Being Black). They ignore the thuggery. That’s just boys will be boys fun. They ignore punching the cop. This was a big guy. Eighteen or not, I would have hated to been hit by him.
And so the race baiters and the riot waiters and the looters all called for Wilson’s head. Do you think if Wilson was charged with anything else or was found innocent or didn’t get the death penalty that the end result would have been any different? The orders were thus: “Charge, convict, and execute Officer Wilson, or we will riot.” Thank God the citizens of Ferguson held true and voted with honesty of fairness. How could there be any justice if they had voted to indict merely out of fear of a riot? Far better that the city burn to the ground than to do that.
Do they not realize that such a demand is no different than how whites treated blacks back in the 1800s and early 1900s? When an allegation of raping a white girl would cause a lynch mob to demand the death without due process? It is the same. It is mob rule. It is the rule of emotion and not of reason.
And how sad is that that the bar has been set so low? Was anyone shocked at all? Did anyone expect them NOT to riot? Not to turn to crime and destruction? We write it off as “Oh, they are poor. They have no other way to be heard.” Hell no! In this day and age? With the internet? With smart phones and Twitter and Facebook and the Blogesphere? With all of this at their disposal, the only way they can be heard is through lawlessness? I refuse to set that bar so low. There are poor people that support Officer Wilson. Would people have been shocked if THEY rioted if he was indicted? I bet it would have shocked people. We allow people to act like animals, nothing better than animals. And why? Because we are afraid to call them out on it for fear of being called racist. That is bull. How is expecting such behavior from blacks NOT the racist thought? I expect better. I demand better. Human dignity demands it. Self-respect demands it. Respect for their community demands it. When people act like animals, how can your respect them?
So what do the good people of Ferguson do? How do they react to “injustice?” They torch buildings of the innocent. They torch their own town. The loot and rob and plunder. They fire guns at people that had nothing to do with any of it. I’m sure that makes them look better in the eyes of public opinion. All they accomplish is to run more and more businesses out of town. They destroy their own employers and supplies. They destroy their own communities. As the communities die, the opportunities for their offspring die. And what is left? At best, an existence of sucking on the government teat and at worst, crime and an early death such as Michael Brown.
That’s the real tragedy.
Brown got what he had coming. He might have turned his life around. He might have become an upstanding citizen or a father or a scientist. Or he might have become just any other thug. Boys will be boys be damned. The downside of acting like a thug is that someone may end up killing you. Most anyone would have made the same decision as Officer Wilson. After taking a punch from this guy, seeing him turn around and advance upon you, you would do what is instinctively right. You would defend yourself. You wouldn’t even notice the color his skin. The outcome would have been exactly the same if Michael Brown was white.
Now we get to listen to the President talk about how he is disappointed in the citizens of Ferguson, acting as though they are sulking children and not rioting criminals. We will get to listen to excuses. We will hear that it was an injustice that Officer Wilson wasn’t indicted. Query: what kind of justice is it when the decision is forgone? At least Officer Wilson testified for hours. If he worked for Obama, he would have just pled the Fifth.
Long Live the Constitution!