Where Do I Begin… Thoughts on the #FergusonVerdict

 

Where do I begin.

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Ferguson, Missouri. Mike Brown. Black lives. Gone.

I want to say now that if you are sensitive about the Michael Brown case or ANY case dealing with the loss of a black life at the hands of law enforcement…this post might irk you. If you are combative and defensive when it comes to calling out African Americans for their lack of responsibility on the culture side of things….this post might irk you. If you’re someone who doesn’t believe in the Father God or the Son Jesus Christ…this post will REALLY irk you.

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As many of us know, last night November 24, 2014 the grand jury decided not to indict Officer Darren Wilson on charges of any kind in the murder of 18 year old Mike Brown. A laundry list of reasons from the case was given, but nothing changed the fact that this child (like many others) was gone when he didn’t have to be. A stream of thoughts, revelations, truths and reasoning flooded my mind as I basically sat there conversing with God, ignoring the sound coming out of my television.

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THOUGHT #1

The statement “liberty and justice for all” is simply not true. There have been MANY white-on-white mass murderers and serial killers who have been sent in jail to cope with the terrible decisions they’ve made. Just about all of the recently highlighted white-on-black or other-on-black murders have gone on with some of the triggermen not even smelling the scent of a jail cell. Why is that? “Liberty and justice for all” seems to hide its face when it comes to victims like Trayvon Martin, Mike Brown, and Oscar Grant. All in all, IF these young people were suspected of anything, major, don’t you think they deserved to be taking downtown instead of shot dead? There is not a coincidence that this is happening to BLACK people. I know some “new aged tree huggers” may say, “We are so far past racism, will live in a world where equality exists. The only people concerned with race are black people. If we stop agitating issues, we can truly heal”. NO. That is not how it works. The reason SO much injustice occurred during Jim Crow and the early 1800s is because the revolution was not televised. There was no mass media outlet around to shine a light on the black lives that were being stripped daily from the earth. NOW that we have social media, we are able to see, regardless of where we live, that injustice is still going on SOMEWHERE in America. On August 15th, Ferguson Police Chief Thomas told reporters in a press conference that the **”robbery [did] not relate to the initial contact between [Officer Wilson] and Michael Brown.” YET when Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch read the verdict last night, he stated that ***“Wilson was aware that Brown was wanted for stealing cigars from a convenience store minutes earlier.” I’ll leave that there to let things simmer.

**http://www.cnn.com/2014/08/15/us/missouri-teen-shooting/

*** http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/bombshell-evidence-laid-death-michael-brown-article-1.2022689

 

 

THOUGHT #2

IMG_20141124_214921I will not omit the fact that Michael Brown WAS apparently partaking a crime despite the fact he was off to college. I don’t know why he thought it was okay to do that, but what’s done is done. So many black boys and men are turning to crime because they are immersed in a culture that doesn’t accurately reflect who they are, and they fall victim to the prison system and subject themselves to situations where they lose their lives. They are KINGS, but never truly know it because of the disastrous state of music, television, schools, and social media. Erik Walls of LA posed the though online “Aren’t some of the people that protested in wake of the Mike Brown situation the same ones that will turn around and party to Bobby Shmurda’s “Hot Ni**”? I’m confused a bit! We as the black community have to address injustice from both sides.” Black people need to wake up and realize what we’ve allowed ourselves to become as a whole! You can’t let tv or ringtone rap raise your kids. You can’t excuse your kids’ bad behavior at school, but blame EVERY teacher. You can’t let white parents be the only ones showing up to their child’s games, PTA meetings, and events. You can’t keep dropping your kids off so you can turn up at the club every other week. You can’t think it’s “cute” when your kids mimic your cursing and buffoonery. You can’t keep allowing your little girls and boys to be ‘grown’ and be surprised when they bring home babies at age 13. You can’t spend your last bit of rent money on a All White Affair or Black Party, but won’t go to a FREE panel forum discussing problems in the black community. Every black person needs hold at least one other black person accountable and charge them to stop SAYING they want change while waiting on someone else to enact it. We need to be PROACTIVE so we don’t get to the point where we are now – where we have to be reactive to a tragic murder or injustice.

 

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The Christian church needs to continue stepping up. I’m not going to be ‘Debbie Downer’ and say the church does NOTHING, but so much more has to be done. The church is fighting a battle within itself so I understand how difficult it may be to spread your attention and time but black people need it. What happened to the Civil Rights days where community leaders could meet in churches and pray over and lift up positive members in the black community so they can have the strength to run for local office and go off to school? As members of the Christian church, we can’t exhibit the same fear and hopelessness that everyone else in the world experiences. 2 Chronicles 7:14 (ESV) reads, “If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” This Word is still relevant today more than EVER! We need to help one another stay on the right path and stop sugar coating stuff as not to offend people. The Word of God REBUKES! Meaning, just like when our parents told us some heavy truths, it’s not going to be pretty all of the time. Look at what pity-patting has gotten us ya’ll! We can’t condone people’s reckless living (because in essence that’s what we’re doing by not giving them godly council) and then weep when the consequences occur. We need to make sure the PHYSICAL church body is a place where people feel welcome to come in as they are, but also a place where they don’t STAY as they are.

 

To be continued….. I’m just getting started. – Joc

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