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NFL Player Puts Ferguson Reaction Perfectly!

NFL player Benjamin Watson’s Ferguson post on Facebook goes viral

Posted: Nov 26, 2014 12:42 PM ESTUpdated: Nov 26, 2014 12:42 PM EST

KHQ.COM – Benjamin Watson who plays for the New Orleans Saints posted the following on his Facebook page and it has since gone viral:

“At some point while I was playing or preparing to play Monday Night Football, the news broke about the Ferguson Decision. After trying to figure out how I felt, I decided to write it down. Here are my thoughts:

I’M ANGRY because the stories of injustice that have been passed down for generations seem to be continuing before our very eyes.

I’M FRUSTRATED, because pop culture, music and movies glorify these types of police citizen altercations and promote an invincible attitude that continues to get young men killed in real life, away from safety movie sets and music studios.

I’M FEARFUL because in the back of my mind I know that although I’m a law abiding citizen I could still be looked upon as a “threat” to those who don’t know me. So I will continue to have to go the extra mile to earn the benefit of the doubt.

I’M EMBARRASSED because the looting, violent protests, and law breaking only confirm, and in the minds of many, validate, the stereotypes and thus the inferior treatment.

I’M SAD, because another young life was lost from his family, the racial divide has widened, a community is in shambles, accusations, insensitivity hurt and hatred are boiling over, and we may never know the truth about what happened that day.

I’M SYMPATHETIC, because I wasn’t there so I don’t know exactly what happened. Maybe Darren Wilson acted within his rights and duty as an officer of the law and killed Michael Brown in self defense like any of us would in the circumstance. Now he has to fear the backlash against himself and his loved ones when he was only doing his job. What a horrible thing to endure. OR maybe he provoked Michael and ignited the series of events that led to him eventually murdering the young man to prove a point.

I’M OFFENDED, because of the insulting comments I’ve seen that are not only insensitive but dismissive to the painful experiences of others.

I’M CONFUSED, because I don’t know why it’s so hard to obey a policeman. You will not win!!! And I don’t know why some policeman abuse their power. Power is a responsibility, not a weapon to brandish and lord over the populace.

I’M INTROSPECTIVE, because sometimes I want to take “our” side without looking at the facts in situations like these. Sometimes I feel like it’s us against them. Sometimes I’m just as prejudiced as people I point fingers at. And that’s not right. How can I look at white skin and make assumptions but not want assumptions made about me? That’s not right.

I’M HOPELESS, because I’ve lived long enough to expect things like this to continue to happen. I’m not surprised and at some point my little children are going to inherit the weight of being a minority and all that it entails.

I’M HOPEFUL, because I know that while we still have race issues in America, we enjoy a much different normal than those of our parents and grandparents. I see it in my personal relationships with teammates, friends and mentors. And it’s a beautiful thing.

I’M ENCOURAGED, because ultimately the problem is not a SKIN problem, it is a SIN problem. SIN is the reason we rebel against authority. SIN is the reason we abuse our authority. SIN is the reason we are racist, prejudiced and lie to cover for our own. SIN is the reason we riot, loot and burn. BUT I’M ENCOURAGED because God has provided a solution for sin through the his son Jesus and with it, a transformed heart and mind. One that’s capable of looking past the outward and seeing what’s truly important in every human being. The cure for the Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice and Eric Garner tragedies is not education or exposure. It’s the Gospel. So, finally, I’M ENCOURAGED because the Gospel gives mankind hope.”

Here is the link to his Facebook page: http://tinyurl.com/oo9szxv

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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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