With all that is happening right now in regards to the tragic death of 18-year-old Michael Brown and the events in Ferguson, Mo. that have occurred as a result of Brown’s death, various media outlets have taken it upon themselves to release images that suggest that Brown may have “gotten what he deserved”. The Black community, though, knows different.
Here are a couple of thoughts about the Michael Brown situation that you need to read.
- There are a great number of people who are under the impression that Brown’s alleged involvement in a robbery is significant as to why he was murdered, but it literally has nothing to do with his death. Eyewitnesses say that the victims hands were up, and he was still murdered execution style. The officer (whose name is said to be Darren Wilson) knew nothing about the robbery when he confronted Brown and shot and killed him in cold blood.
- Ferguson is within the city limits of St. Louis, Missouri and there have been no records of black-on-black crime or any crime, for that matter, until the shooting of Michael Brown. It is a small town with little to no uproar, but the recent events have sparked anger in local citizens.
- Brown had just graduated from Normandy High School on August 1. He had additional credits to earn after his graduation, but he earned them and received his diploma. Ten days after receiving his diploma he was supposed to start at a local technical college.
- Brown’s mother told reporters that it was a struggle to get Michael to stay in school and graduate. She proceeded in her argument by saying that not many men graduate simply because of the circumstances of the community. “You know how many black men graduate? Not many. Because you bring them down to this type of level, where they feel like they don’t got nothing to live for anyway,” Lesly McSpadden, said.
- Brown’s wrongful murder has received national attention. Celebrities are speaking out, and people in different cities and states are coming together to show the injustice that has been done to, not just one, but all. Just yesterday, places such as New York, Houston, and London participated in a National Moment of Silence where people gathered at parks to rally together.
There is no amount of facts that can be presented that would justify Michael Brown’s death. It is just another mark of proof that brown bodies hold no value to the people in America.