How to Assess the Ferguson Missouri Protests


Michael Brown

The following note was submitted by Matt Walsh, a professional writer and news personality.

I’m not the only one saying this, but there aren’t nearly enough of us. These protests are an assault on the truth and an attack against justice. Whether they’re violent or peaceful, they are certainly not honest. And that needs to be said.

Now, I go over this in the post but I want to spend a minute examining the sequence of events again. Consider the whole picture:

It begins with Michael Brown walking into a convenience store and stealing cigars. Had he shoplifted them discreetly and ran when the clerk caught him, like a more typical delinquent, then I’d say this is almost an irrelevant detail. But, despite efforts to paint it as such, that’s not what happened. In reality, Brown took the cigars from the counter in plain view of the store owner. This was a deliberately brazen, unnecessary, and flagrant act.

Next, he is confronted by the clerk and he responds by grabbing the small old man by the throat and shoving him into a display case. Again, completely unwarranted. An act of sheer bullying and intimidation. First theft, and then assault of an old man. And why? For freaking rolling papers? This isn’t just criminal, it’s deranged. It also shows a person with absolutely no regard for the law or for basic standards of decent human conduct.

The police are called, of course, but Brown doesn’t run. Instead, he saunters down the middle of the street and when an officer tells him to move to the sidewalk, he cusses him out. Brown has done EVERYTHING possible to provoke an altercation.

At this point, Wilson, the officer, notices that Brown is the suspect in the robbery that was just called in. Brown now has a few options. He could allow himself to be taken in and deal with the robbery charge, or he could run, or he could go with what is, without question, the worst and most belligerent choice, and attack the officer. He chooses Door Three.

In assaulting the cop and going for his gun, Brown chose to elevate a robbery charge to attempted murder of a police officer. He chose that. He made that decision. And now he’s dead.

My point here is that Brown was an extremely aggressive and violent man who sought out trouble and looked to impose his will on others. His behavior crosses from mere thuggishness into a category even more reprehensible. So what should we really be talking about?

Why don’t we talk about why this man felt the urge to behave this way? And then let’s talk about why so many people are so willing to excuse this behavior due to his race.

That’s the real conversation.

Rock legend, Ted Nugent added to the conversation with his own comments:

  
Michael Brown is not a civil rights hero. He was a young man who exuded violence and made every poor decision that you could make when confronted by an officer of the law. He wrestled with an officer, punched him and aggressively charged him while being told to lay down after having already been shot. This has nothing to do with the color of your skin. It’s a likely conclusion for anyone engaging in this type of behavior and Michael Brown is fully responsible.

The streets are filled with rioters, posing as protesters. These individuals have no need for the truth. They decided on their own version of it in the hours following the original incident. This is simply mob mentality and it has nothing to do with justice of any kind. It’s not even about the rioting, looting, vandalism, destruction, chaos, bottles and rocks thrown, shots fired, cars overturned, and roaming arsonists wreaking havoc across the community. It’s about the lies. It’s about completely disregarding all facts and evidence and creating a version of the truth that allows a group of ignorant individuals to play in the streets and play out their personal desires to be destructive.

Thugs and liars.

The Ferguson riots will forever be remembered but not in the way the rioters and vandals are hoping for. This isn’t the Civil Rights March on Washington in 1963, where more than 200,000 people stood peacefully for hours in sweltering heat which led to the successful passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This will be a day remembered for taking a step back – when violence and destruction were disguised as protests by a group of individuals who cared more about themselves than they ever cared about finding the truth.

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