By now, it should be obvious to anyone who has paid the slightest bit of attention to the Ferguson case that nothing improper happened on August 9th. Nothing at all. In a just world, Officer Darren Wilson would still be employed, President Obama would have praised the grand jury for doing their duty, and we would move on. Unfortunately, facts have nothing to do with what’s happening in America right now.
Instead, Obama and other liberal leaders have decided that this is a political opportunity that can’t go to waste. An opportunity to do what, exactly? It’s still unclear, but part of it involves the president finally getting to carve himself a legacy as a major civil rights leader. But that’s certainly not all of it. It’s not even entirely clear whether the people keeping this false notion of injustice going have an endgame. It may come down to little more than finding ways to keep their names in the news, no matter what the cost.
A Fake Story That Won’t Go Away
From the very beginning in this case, the media has done everything possible to convince us that Darren Wilson was a white supremacist who decided one day to kill a black man for no other reason than the color of his skin. Oh, sorry, an unarmed black teenager. When the facts of the case began to come in, that story didn’t falter for even a moment. When the jury came back with their decision and all the evidence was released, it still didn’t falter. Michael Brown was an angel, heading for college. He would have never done the things Wilson claims he did. And then you have all of these Monday morning quarterbacks proposing alternative strategies Wilson could have taken. As if some guy in a suit on CNN has any idea what it’s like to be in a life-or-death situation. It’s abominable.
Obama Fueling the Fire
What’s Obama’s response to all this? Instead of saying, “Well, the protestors need to avail themselves of the evidence in this case. We need to realize that this wasn’t what it appeared to be,” he starts using this as a platform for change. He said, “Ferguson laid bare a problem that is not unique to St. Louis or that area and is not unique to our time, and that is a simmering distrust that exists between too many police departments and too many communities of color.”
Well, he’s not wrong exactly, but he phrases it in such a way that the onus falls on the police. The police have to change. He has never even come close to saying, “When police officers call over to you, don’t punch them in the face. That’s just stupid.” I understand he doesn’t want to defame the dead, but there comes a point when you have to disavow these idiots who think Darren Wilson committed murder.
The most-used backtrack in the face of the evidence has been, “Hey guys, it’s not just about Michael Brown.” But when you keep using this “hands up, don’t shoot” mantra, it is about Michael Brown. And if we used the facts of this case to make people understand that this was a justifiable homicide, maybe we can find ways to improve community policing without making cops out to be the bad guys.