I’ve gone back and forth about whether to dignify these cowardly, anonymous messages with a response, but here we are. I was always a sucker for punishment.
@ Anons #1 and #4: The smear campaign against Brown is pretty weak. Consider the following:
I don’t know why you’d believe the police’s version of events in the face of all this, but even if you believe Michael Brown is a thug who committed a robbery and the Ferguson PD are just doing their jobs, that still doesn’t justify an officer shooting an unarmed suspect on the street.
In no version of events was Brown armed. In no version of events was Brown read Miranda. In no version of events was Brown treated as a suspect in a crime — cuffed, arrested, and put on trial. A reverend at the rally I was at tonight said this: “If Michael Brown was a criminal, his family should have to visit him in prison and speak to him through glass, not visit him in the cemetery.”
As for the looting, well…
@ Anon #2: All I have to say to you is that having teargas canisters shot at you and your neighbors, and then picking the canisters up and throwing them away from people (not even back at police) is not a fair fight. Unarmed protesters are not to blame for the one-sided assault going on against them by agents of the state armed and armored with military-grade equipment.
P.S. — “Fucking retarded monkeys” is an incredibly racist thing to call people and you should be ashamed of yourself.
@ Anon #3: Atrocities in Gaza and elsewhere are not synonymous with what’s going on in Ferguson, and can’t be compared. I will not defend the reluctance of American news to better cover what is going on overseas, but that does not mean atrocities committed at home get a free pass.
As to the notion that this is just one black death, I will just repeat again that a black citizen is extralegally killed by police every 28 hours in America. This is not an isolated event; it is a culture of complicity in which white cops participate in the daily lynching of the people they are sworn to protect, typically without any penalty beyond paid leave.