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Ferguson Grand Jury: Nullification of Justice for Brown family

Before I comment on the Ferguson decision not to indict patrolman Darren Wilson for shooting and killing unarmed teenager Michael Brown, let me emphatically state for the record:

Wonton violent reactions are not only reprehensible they do not help advance the cause.

Burning down and looting your community, neighborhoods, homes, businesses, restaurants, shops etc. because you are angry and frustrated by justice denied is counter-productive and stupid. 

Furthermore, a vast majority of these rioters are thuggish opportunists that rarely make positive contributions to the welfare of our communities. If fact, I am fairly sure that many of the looters and rioters have committed violent black-on-black acts.

And most important, once again, this method of protest is highly ineffective.

Back to the subject at hand.

Yes! Deja vu all over again. Jury nullification of justice.

Once again a jury/ panel or body of people has sanctioned the killing or brutal abuse of  an unarmed black youth or teen (and possibly pre-teen; read: 12 year old killed by cop) by a lethally and heavily armed white male authority figure who feels threaten.

Let’s marinade on that thought for a minute.

A fully mature, well trained (I hope) and empowered authority figure, packing serious WMD feels threaten by an unarmed teen or pre-teen. And in some cases these officers feel mortally threatened by any black movement, even a twitch.

Black man seeking help killed by police after traffic accident.

Rookie cop kills unarmed innocent black youth.

Video: South Carolina trooper shoots unarmed black man.

Contrary to popular belief, these are not outlier events, these tragedies and miscarriages of justice occur more often than some believe:

The killing of Michael Brown by police in Ferguson, Missouri, was no anomaly: As we reported yesterday, Brown is one of at least four unarmed black men who died at the hands of police in the last month alone. There are many more cases from years past.

As Jeffrey Mittman, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Missouri chapter put it in a statement of condolence to Brown’s family, “Unarmed African-American men are shot and killed by police at an alarming rate. This pattern must stop.”

“We need not look for individual racists to say that we have a culture of policing that is really rubbing salt into longstanding racial wounds,” NAACP president Cornell Williams Brooks told Mother Jones. It’s a culture in which people suspected of minor crimes are met with “overwhelmingly major, often lethal, use of force,” he says.  source

I personally believe, contempt more than fear is the primordial emotion that is driving this violence. Many of these officers, overwhelmingly white officers in black neighborhoods, lack bonds of trust and humanity with the community they’ve taken oaths to serve and protect.

Just listen to former NYC mayor — infamous for a tenure that supported and condoned heavy handed police tactics — Rudy Giuliani:

The former mayor of New York City argued that the real issue was “the fact that 93 percent of blacks in America are killed by other blacks. We`re talking about the exception here…I would like to see the attention paid to that, that you are paying to this and the solutions so to that.” source

And

The white police officers won’t be there if you weren`t killing each other. 70 to 75 percent of the time…  source

While there indeed are nuggets of truth in Giuliani’s above quote:

  • The African American community has to be more passionate in our endeavors to lower crime and violence in our neighborhoods.
  • Even though FBI statistics indicate crime, murder and violence are indeed significantly lower (and steadily dropping) than the 1990’s, 1980’s, 1970’s and in some urban metropolitan areas since the 1960’s, we still have unacceptable levels of crime in African American inner city neighborhoods.

Most of his diatribe reveals the cynical belief and false equivalence shared by many far too many Americans:

“Black folks kill black folks all the time so why should they vigorously object to police violence, abuse or murder. What’s the big deal? Just another dead black boy.”

OK, let’s ride with this logic.

Central Park Jogger rape case 1989

Fact:

90% of  raped white women are raped by white men. White women (alarmingly 1 in 5 college girls) get raped every single day by white men — date rape, stalking rape, fraternity gang bang rape etc. — so why did the then mayoral candidate Rudy and NYC passionately freak out when they mistakenly believed a group of black teens committed a rape against a white women?

Shouldn’t white men be just as passionate about rape when it is white-on-white rape?

Side Note: Their convictions were overturned in 2002 and NYC settled a wrongly convicted lawsuit for 40 million dollars. source

Fact:

More whites are killed by other whites than by terrorists. Over 87% of white murders are committed by other whites. So, why does the media and American communities freak out over all public violent attacks until they learn that the source is good ole home-grown domestic violence as opposed to international terrorism?

I could go on and on with this absurd, frivolous and stupid charade — but it does nothing but deflect from the issue on hand. And the subject is how to eliminate unwarranted police murder and abuse against any innocent person or the usage of deadly force on suspects of minor offenses.




4 thoughts on “Ferguson Grand Jury: Nullification of Justice for Brown family

  1. Josh

    While I wait patiently to smack you around and school you hardcore in our other exchange, I guess I'll give this one a go. (Joking, of course; I wouldn't smack another grown man. Off-the-top-rope leg-drop? Another story!)

    I've heard this from multiple sources since the grand jury failed to indict: Justice has failed. The Brown family will receive no justice. There is no justice for the victim. And a dozen different ways of saying the same thing.

    But does it cross anyone's mind that this is what justice is? "Justice" doesn't mean vengeance or closure for a deceased individual's family members, nor does it mean vindication for folks who misconceived the event to begin with. It is likely that this IS justice — a grand jury comprised of randomly selected individuals looking impartially at scientific facts about a case.

    They reached the conclusion that there was not enough to charge the officer with a crime. To say that's not justice is to say that the legal system needs to change. To do what, would be my question. To run on emotion? To take history into account? To cave to populous upheaval? Justice is supposedly impervious to those factors. So, assuming these grand jury members impartially viewed factual data, how is their conclusion anything less than justice? Or is the contention that the fix was in?

    As to the reason nobody cares about anything that's white-on-white, it's missing a key element of context; e.g. mainstream media cherry-picking cases like these while outright ignoring wholesale destruction in places like Chicago. In other words, white cop shoots black teen equates to 1960s style America-is-racist coverage, with every Chicken Little behind a desk claiming the sky is falling, black youth are under attack, and that white men are out to kill black people like it's a serial rampage. Meanwhile, what kills exponentially more black youth–orders of f@cking magnitude more black youth–are other black youth. So, to some, it seems as if media is either cowardly or corrupt in the way they turn one instance into the biggest damn story to ever happen, and meanwhile don't even cover another.

    It has a lot less to do with black-and-black crime and a lot more to do with the media's insistence that America is riddled with white-on-black murders. It's the latter that causes some people to shout, "Hey, nutsack, the number-one killer of black is black youth, not white males!" Some feel it unnecessarily turns these things strictly racial.

    And does it not? If a black cop shot Brown and got off, do we have rioting and looting and suchlike? Only speculation, but I'd guess hell to the no. Though, with "white" being the operative boogeyman here, some get to play out a scene of Civil Rights Reenactors. No justice, no peace. Hell no, we won't go. Et al.

    But what is the issue on hand? If it's to eliminate police murder and abuse against innocent people, then that's saying the grand jury got it wrong, the cop is a murderer, and that either the evidence presented or the people viewing it were somehow tilted against Brown. What, exactly, stands out here as unjust?

    Besides Brown being black and the officer being white, what's the issue here that's causing so many people to question a lengthy, science-heavy process of investigation and grand jury convening?

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  2. Josh

    And let me add on here, as I read the initial post again, that those 1:5 rape statistics are about as anti-science as you can get.

    And before you take another single sentence and seek to make an entire life judgment on me, as in any type of "narrative" I'm using, or any so-called "facts" I'm refusing to view because it might damage said narrative, know this: For whatever else one might call attempted rape, there is one thing it is not — actual rape.

    Look at the study, how it's conducted, what qualifies as sexual assault, and ask yourself WTF your side is smoking to be able to just invent numbers out of thin air and to have every liberal-leaning individual in America worship at the feet of lying.

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  3. Greg Garrison

    Well put Harvey…just finished watching 2 videos (by black men) giving a "tongue lashing" of how ignorant we can be and how we as a people have failed in taking personal responsibility for our current conditions. Their editorials were scholarly, not "ignant"(this is lower than ignorant) but they left out the other half of the equation of black situation in America. Like you said, "Wanton violent reactions are not only reprehensible they do not help advance the cause"–an opinion I'm sure shared by 99.99 percent of blacks.
    But what about the responsibility of our institutions, infrastructure, etc? The police can be judge, jury and executioner because blacks are ignorant? Where is their responsibility? Their "positive" message is being hailed on facebook by large numbers of whites. Why? Probably because it reaffirms white peoples' perception that all the negative that happens to black people is black peoples' fault: slavery was so long ago, no effect today, civil rights movement was 50-55 years ago, you got equality (LOL)
    Black people suffer because of a lack of personal responsibility spouted by these 2 black men perpetuates a lie and blinds whites to the injustices of the underclass/privilege (notice I did not say blacks) in our country.

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  4. harvejbn Post author

    @Greg… you correctly ID the two fronts we must battle of the African American community:

    1. We have to promote self-determination, self-independence and self-sufficiency. I believe these goals and objectives come to fruition by: self-education (true knowledge of self and not western society propaganda and lies), technical education and personal discipline.

    2 We have to continually engage in the need to battle racism and white supremacy.

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