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Tag, You’re Racist! Sir Charles Barkley vs. Ferguson

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Charles Barkley, Joe Scarborough, Louis Farrakhan, New Orleans Saint Benjamin Watson, witnesses, protestors, conservative and liberal journalists, the nation and world, even North Korea weigh in on Ferguson.

Who’s Right?

WORTHWHILE CAUSE: In 1955 Emmett Till, after flirting with a white woman, was abducted and burned. His murderers were acquitted.

Worthwhile Causes:  Racism used to be about slavery, Jim Crow, Rosa Parks, Emmet Tills, the Alabama church bombing, Civil Rights. However, looking at the Ferguson aftermath, it’s become a game of Tag, You’re Racist, it’s about “F the po-lice” and “burn this bitch down.”

Sheriff David Clarke: “But then some groups began to converge of the small town of Ferguson, Missouri, like vultures on a roadside carcass. Groups like the New Black Panther Party. People like Al Sharpton.”

The Left Splits:  Recently we had Bill Maher vs. Ben Affleck; now it’s Ferguson. We should agree rule of law, fairness, and justice are universal and worth fighting for. But Ferguson? Really? Charles Barkley’s independent voice has reason, and as to the left? Despite (or because of) the Al Sharpton-like jackbobs (check out Sheriff Clarke’s take), the left isn’t united:

Joe Scarborough (MSNBC):  “There are so many great people to embrace as heroes in the black community that deciding you’re going to embrace a guy who knocked over a convenience store, and then according to grand jury testimony, acted in ways that would get my children shot … that’s your hero? That’s the reason you want to burn down black businesses?”

WORTHWHILE CAUSE: Alabama – In 1963 four girls were murdered after white supremacists bombed their church.  In July of 2001, Thomas Blanton, Jr. (one of four accused) was sentenced to life in prison for the bombing.

Charles Barkley:  “There is no excuse for people to be out there burning down people’s businesses, burning down police cars. …We can’t pick out certain incidentals that don’t go our way and act like the cops are all bad…. Do you know how bad some of these neighborhoods would be if it wasn’t for the cops?”

CAUSE FOR OUTRAGE? A shoplifter and bully? A guy who, according to testimony before a Grand Jury, had gone after a cop?

Red Herrings:  The dog chases the fox, and someone throws a stinky fish to fool the dog. Generalities that divert from specifics, like this article, are red herrings: “What I did in Kenosha after the police killed my son” The wise dog ignores the misleading smell. Yes, racism has been part of society. Yes, racism is not over. Yes, police must be responsible. Yes, the big picture matters. But. As with media, society is addicted to red herrings. Ferguson is primarily about Wilson vs. Brown.

BENJAMIN WATSON:  “At some point while playing or preparing to play Monday Night Football, the news broke out about the Ferguson decision…”

What We Know:  In August of 2014 Michael Brown shoplifts cigars, bullies a man, does not obey a cop, and is shot.

What the Grand Jury Heard:  Both sides. Black and white witnesses, forensics including 21 feet of blood splatter and bullet entry wounds.

BARKLEY:  “Scumbags.”

Crime: If Brown survived, he would have been charged with a felony.

What the Grand Jury Decided:  Not to indict.

The Media Fuels Ping-pong Prejudice:  If the media had shown both sides, this case would have died. Processing Ferguson incorrectly incites prejudice, giving bigots false reasons to hate the police, and giving bigots false reasons to perpetuate racism, and there are no good reasons to be prejudice. No one wins.

Agreement:  We should be against racism, police brutality, and mob violence. We should be for fairness. The media has failed, and so have many individuals. We must choose just causes, and the tragedy of Michael Brown is not one.

Department of Justice – DOJ Report on Shooting of Michael Brown
Washington Post – ‘Hands Up Don’t Shoot’ Was Built on a Lie
Washington Post – Testimony of witness 10
White Police Chief Indicted
Al Sharpton Hurting African Americans Nigel Innis, Black man who grew up in Harlem and saw two of his brothers murdered.
115 Police officers killed in line of duty in 2014
NYTimes – Surprising Evidence of Police Bias
Charles Mudede vs. Ben Shapiro
WSJ – The Myth of the Racist Cop


Written by Caleb Powell

December 2, 2014 at 8:07 pm

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  1. Yes, yes, yes, and YES on your first AGREEMENT points. But the prosecution in this case did not do its job of fairness, aka justice. Here’s why:

    For the record, no one’s saying Mike Brown should be sainted. As far as I can tell, people are just saying he shouldn’t be dead, and the case should have gone to trial where public testimony and cross-examination (theoretically) equal fairness.


    December 3, 2014 at 7:19 am

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