Updated Wednesday 11/26/14
I think my Moms favorite word was Fair.
She wanted everything and everyone to be be fair.
My Dad was more of a realist.
He knew that some folks would have an advantage and others a disadvantage due to nothing that they had control over.
Monday night at 9pm the Prosecutor in Saint Louis County, Missouri read a prepared statement pertaining to a Grand Jury decision not to bring charges against police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown. That shooting occurred over 100 days ago.
I recall watching the reports on TV the weekend of the shooting as eye witnesses told their story of what they saw or at least what they thought they saw.
The nation was outraged. The original story was that a white cop shot an unarmed black youth. As the weeks unfolded the story was enhanced and then altered and pretty soon we had a multitude of versions of what happened.
You can read the documents that were released after the announcement and you will see a mixed bag of testimonials. Let me warn you there are 5647 pages here. I have not read it and I probably won’t.
But here’s what I know:
Mike Brown is dead.
His family is grieving.
This is due to a series of unfortunate events that occurred, not an out of control cop who was determined to kill an unarmed black man.
That is why the Grand Jury decided not to indite the police officer who shot and killed Mike Brown.
What bugs me is that the news media made this a racial issue.
Mike Brown was not targeted by Officer Wilson because he was black.
This is not to downplay the death of Mike Brown or to ignore the fact that there is racial inequality in our country.
But come on now, this became a public outrage when the media jumped on board and made this about race.
It is a private tragedy.
It can be talked about publicly as the issue of reducing racism needs to be addressed. But that is not what has transpired here.
The President spoke in Chicago Tuesday evening and said he was going to hold a meeting or meetings on how to solve race relations and law enforcement. That is a political stunt. Having a meeting doesn’t solve the problem. Dealing with the hearts and minds of people to remove racial bias and stereotypes is an ongoing exercise.
Pray for those involved with the Ferguson case.
Do what you can to eliminate racism.
Don’t confuse the two.