WHY ARE THEY RIOTING MUCH LESS PROTESTING IN FERGUSON?
by Andy Weddington
Tuesday, 25 November 2014
"All of civility depends on being able to contain the rage of individuals." Joshua Lederberg
Three months ago I wrote commentary about the death of Michael Brown asking a question: Did Officer Darren Wilson fire only six rounds?
I closed that commentary with, "In the meantime, the country awaits blind justice in Ferguson. We shall see."
Late yesterday evening the grand jury spoke - no charges against Officer Darren Wilson.
And then the rioting and destruction and looting and arson and gunfire erupted.
Michael Brown's death was senseless. It was absolutely preventable. But facts reveal Michael Brown, essentially, committed suicide (by police officer). He may as well have shot himself.
He had smoked dope. He robbed a store. He assaulted the store employee. He disobeyed a police officer. He assaulted a police officer.
So what about Michael Brown's personal conduct on the day he died exonerates him of full responsibility for his death?
Perhaps it is a tragedy that he died. But his string of poor decisions violating civility and law foretold his short future.
For Michael Brown sorrow there is not.
Sorrow there is for Officer Darren Wilson - whose life is forever changed.
Sorrow there is for the innocent of Ferguson subjected to the senseless destruction of their community, their home.
Sorrow there is for those either unable or unwilling to see and accept truth.
But there is hope - for blind justice was served.
Moral of the story: Behave.
Did Officer Darren Wilson fire only six rounds?