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Monday, August 18, 2014

RF23 - But Don't Hate On Us....

The city of Ferguson, Missouri has been under the nation's spotlight with the police shooting of 18 year old Michael Brown, on August 9, 2014.   Brown's shooting sparked huge riots which turned into looting and assaults from the demonstrators seeking answers and quick justice as to what they deem as a continued occurrence with local police or law enforcement in Inner City, America.   

Brown's shooting also sparked up an one sided debates within the Black American community inquiring as to the backlash and cries for justice when a young black male is gunned down by the police but near hush when it 's black on black.  It appears that no one who is seeking justice over this death can answer with a straight face that both deaths are equally tragic, but it's more attention, when it's other race v. black.   And we can forget about inquiring if it's black perp v. other race.

The death of Brown is not unusual and it often ends with different results as the true facts come out.  Already 9 days after the fact, we find out more about Brown and what he was doing prior to his demise.  Talks about his over-all character come into question as folks say he was a good boy, never needed no harm and was looking forward to that college education.  When in reality, it appears he had no sympathy for a white victim that was raped and murdered, took pictures throwing gang signs and last but not least shown on video robbing a liquor store for a box cigars and manhandling the store clerk.   I'm assuming it's this action that caused the Ferguson Police Department to respond to a call made by the owner about the incident.   

According to police, an officer made contact with Brown and his friend, while they were walking in the middle of the street, according to some reports the officer told them to move from the middle and walk toward the curb, so he can question or obtain the identity of the two men who recently entered a liquor store, assaulted a clerk and stole cigars.   While in progress of this initial investigation, the officer attempted to get out his vehicle, when Brown obstructed his progress by trying to keep the officer in the car.  For some reason, Brown according to the police, entered the vehicle and attempted to disarm the officer's service weapon.  With this action, Brown was shot and then fled the area.     It's this part where we see the video of a dead Brown laid out in the street with multiple gunshot wounds, which included the kill shots to the head.   On lookers and witnesses who saw the latter part of the incident insisted that Brown was shot down while in compliance, with his hands up and the police still shot him.  Some reports have the police shooting Brown in the back, which an autopsy has now disproved.

So what do we have?  conflicting reports from both sides, some of the witnesses' story are now being  debunked and we have a city burning with angry blacks seeking justice for a killing that should not have happened and could have been avoided by both sides.   I said it, both sides! I didn't know Michael Brown and although he has the same last name as my mother's maiden name, I don't know if he was family or not, but I do know this, if the reports are true that he attempted to take an officer's gun, the results are inevitable.   If he attempted to do bodily harm to the officer, the results are inevitable.  

Are there bad apples in fill in the blank police force?  absolutely

Are there bad apples in the black community? absolutely and for some reason, the bad apples are the ones who are martyred, while the innocent young black males are non-news stories, the value of their life is minimized if killed at the hands of other young black males.     Something isn't right about that and folks should be equally angry and ready to riot for those lives instead of the bad apples who within the inner circle,  knew their death or incarceration was going to happen anyway.   It's inevitable that those who choose to do harm within the same community, should suffer the same fate, they imposed on the community and all the community should do, is just shake their head, save the next generation and move on.

The problem and solution is already known, it's been known since LBJ's War on Poverty and it's been absent like a father figure in the home, absent like the black community church seeking to pad their pockets with feel good sermons and absent like effective civil rights leaders...

But don't hate on us....We're Fabulous..