If the country, and in particular the substandard and highly volatile leadership of this country had the presence of mind that we find in the Michael Brown family, America would not have gone to bed with the threat of racially motivated nationwide violence. The Brown family was understandably upset by the Grand Jury’s verdict. However, at the same time, Michael Brown’s father made some stunningly profound and wise comments as he called for calm. He said he wanted his son’s death to stand for positive change, not to be the impetus of rioting and senseless violence. In the midst of all the chaos, is it hard to not only grieve for the loss of the Brown family, but to admire their maturity and character. If only Mr. Brown could trade places with the current POTUS.
Michael Brown was shot and killed by Officer Wilson on August 9, 2014. The appropriateness of the officer’s actions were reviewed by a Grand Jury. The jury members were not sequestered. Therefore, they read the same newspapers and watched the same TV news reports as the rest of the country. The Grand Jury was fully cognizant of the enormous implications of the Grand Jury’s actions. The pressure was enormous. These Grand Jury members knew that their actions would be scrutinized in the months ahead for objectivity and signs of a cover-up. There was no cover-up. There was only justice, arrived at under a very watchful eye of the public that will surely review every nuance of the decision. At the end of the day, the decision to not indict had nothing to do with the violence we see across America today. The backlash was predetermined by an administration in need of a distraction from its criminal actions.
The Grand Jury’s Options and Consequences
The Grand Jury could indict Officer Wilson Riots, Looting, Violence
The Grand Jury could decide to not indict Riots, Looting, Violence
Regardless of the verdict, there was going to be rioting, looting and violence. Why? Because of people like Eric Holder, Al
Sharpton and President Obama. Each of the three leaders fanned the flames of hatred and racism. I expected this kind of behavior from someone like Al Sharpton who sees racism in every social situation in America. Racism gives Sharpton his purpose for living. He is like an oncologist that would hate to see a cure for cancer. Without racism, Sharpton would have to find a real job!
As far as fanning the flames of racially motivated violence, Holder is in good company. Nowhere, is the more evidence of race-baiting than we are seeing out of the White House. Last night, following the release of the verdict, Obama addressed the nation. His early comments were what we should expect of the President. He called for peaceful protest, but urged calm in the aftermath of verdict. If Obama would have shut his mouth at this point, his leadership, in this matter, would have been seen as responsible and that he was making a good faith effort to guide the nation through this crisis without any undue violence. However, and true to form of this former community activist/antagonist, Obama could not leave well enough alone as his remarks turned inflammatory as he said the following:
“…there are real “problems” and a “deep distrust” that exists “between law enforcement and people of color” around the country. “We need to recognize that the situation in Ferguson speaks to the broader challenges that we face across the nation…”
The aftermath and the effect of the verdict can be felt across the country as we are now seeing widespread civil unrest. Again, I lay much of this at the feet of Al Sharpton, Eric Holder and President Obama. In all likelihood, this is just the beginning.
To the Michael Brown family, I pray that God comforts you in your time of loss and grieving. There will come a time when the cameras and media spotlight disappear and Michael’s family will be left to deal with this horrible tragedy on their own. I pray that God comforts the family through the difficult days ahead. I also pray for the soul of Michael. I further pray that America can quickly move beyond the verdict and some good can come from this event. Finally, I pray that all Americans realize that the fundamental problems in this country are not caused by the fact that we have people with different skin colors living in American. Rather, our problems in this country emanate from the bankers who have hijacked our government and they do not have our best interest at heart as evidenced by the repeated transgressions of Holder and Obama.
Flashback, August 2014: