Everyone But Us (Sobering Thoughts on Ferguson & Racial Justice )

Lots to think about in the aftermath of the St Louis Grand Jury decision not to indict Darren Wilson.. Racial Justice scholars David J Leanord and J Love Calderon offer up some keen insight and resources to tap into..

Mike BrownThe announcement that the St. Louis Grand Jury’s decision would not indict Darren Wilson was about much more than his potential prosecution; yes, it was yet another reminder of America’s creed, where justice for African Americans remains a dream deferred and where politically, culturally, and morally black lives don’t matter.  “Police violence, a lack of due process, surveillance, presumptions of black guilt, and the absolute devaluation of black life are all everyday business in America,” notes Imani Perry. “The American criminal justice system is so rotten, perhaps it is a fools errand to ever seek justice or fairness from it.”

The stench of white supremacy renders black bodies as inherently suspect and criminal.  At every turn, white supremacy is equally about the protection and the declaration of white innocence.  The announcement was, thus, about the exoneration of Wilson, and the Ferguson police; it is ABOUT affirming the innocence of whiteness. It is about the guilt of everyone but US – yet another exoneration of white America and its rotten system.

Bob McCulloch

Bob McCulloch

The endless assault on Mike Brown’s character continued as Darren Wilson’s defense attorney masking as a prosecutor Bob McCulloch used his platform to further demonize the victim.  As with Trayvon Martin, Renisha McBride, and so many others, Brown was transformed from victim to assailant.  According to McCulloch, Brown was “no angel” and therefore Darren Wilson was justified in gunning him down.   The decision not to prosecute Darren Wilson, which was clearly made long before November 24th, is not simply about the “evidence,” the “forensic science” or even the law, but a cultural refusal to see the possibility of black innocence.   As Eric Mann wrote following the George Zimmerman trial, “[d]eep in the white American psyche” rests the controlling belief and script that sees “the impossibility of black innocence.”

The efforts to deny the innocence of Brown and other black victims, in the name of preserving the innocence of the likes of Darren Wilson, of white America, and the nation as a whole is commonplace.  “State violence is always rendered invisible in a world where cops and soldiers are heroes, and what they do is always framed as “security,” protection, and self-defense. Police occupy the streets to protect and serve the citizenry from (Black) criminals out of control,” writes Robin D.G. Kelley.  “This is why, in every instance, there is an effort to depict the victim as assailant – Trayvon Martin used the sidewalk as a weapon, Mike Brown used his big body.   A lunge or a glare from a Black person can constitute an imminent threat.”  Irrespective of age, gender, sexuality, class, musical taste, profession or the absence of a belt resulting in sagging pants, black victimhood remains illegible in the dominant white imagination.

Just this week, less than 24 hours after the announcement a 12-year old black child was shot dead by a Cleveland police officer.  Playing while black. The fact that he, like thousands of white children, was holding a TOY gun is irrelevant since last we checked none of them were shot multiple times – if the toy gun is the problem, there are plenty of toy companies that deserve our outrage.

Tamir Rice

Tamir Rice

In response, the media did what it does best: criminalized and demonizes the boy and his family. Cleveland.com published a piece that seemingly justified his death since his mom was on probation.  Noting that, “Lawyer representing Tamir Rice‘s family defended boy’s mom in drug trafficking case” and that this was not her only conviction, the article makes clear that the public should feel little remorse.  In fact, the piece seemingly blames Rice for inviting his death.  According to a psychology professor quoted in the article: “Growing up in such an environment can be confusing for a young person, They could have questions about how to react in certain situations …or how to react to police depending on what their previous interactions with law enforcement have been like.” Beyond its simplicity and irrelevance, not too mention its racist trafficking in culture of poverty narratives, the endless effort to exonerate white America through criminalizing and demonizing black bodies highlights the entrenched danger in anti-black racism.

As well, we have been struck by how much of the media response & political discourse is intent on demonizing & shaming black rage. Rather than hear the anger, to examine the expressions of rage as a mirror into the pathologies of anti-black racism and the unfulfilled promises of racial justice, there has been an effort to contain and silence.  In fact, what has become commonplace within the media, and from the political establishment is to focus on “looting” and property damage as the only story.  There have been demonstrations and protests that have taken many forms, yet those are in most cases invisibilized.  Instead, it has become yet another moment to depict the black community as “criminal,” as “savage,” and as THE problem.  This requires not only ignoring the activism, the organizing, the 100 days of action, the Black Life Matters rides, and countless more, but in delegitimizing the political expressions evident in looking.  In a culture that seemingly ignores white riots as (“kids being kids” or “black Friday”) and that seeks to understand and explain white behavior, there has been little effort to hear and listen to the statements emanating from the streets of Ferguson. As Martin Luther King Jr. noted, “A riot, is the language of the unheard.”   The question is are WE listening.

John Crawford

John Crawford III

It is telling that neither the “accepted” forms of protest nor those deemed as “unproductive” or “simply criminal” have been seen or heard.  It is telling that there has been more focus on a few burned down buildings, and not the killings of Eric Garner, Ezel Ford, Kajieme Powell, Vonderitt D. Meyers, Jr., Akai Gurley, John Crawford III, Cary Ball Jr. Aura Rain Rosser, Renisha McBride and Tamir Rice.  It’s telling that President Barack Obama, Governor Jay Nixon, Fox and CNN, and countless on social media are more concerned with broken glass than shattered lives.  It’s telling that on the day the verdict was announced Marissa Alexander reached a plea deal for defending herself against abuse, just days after Rice and Gurley were killed, that on the anniversary of the killing of Sean Bell, in the aftermath of Grant, Diallo, Morrison, Martin, and so many more, the national conversation fixates on Brown’s size, allegedly stolen cigarillos and some rioting.

It is telling that Bob McCulloch spent much of his press conference to blame social media and activists for standing in the way of truth and justice.  “The 24-hours news cycle and its insatiable appetite for any and everything to talk about, following closely behind were the nonstop rumors on social media.”  Yet again, we are told that the problem isn’t anti-black racism, white supremacy, racial profiling, hyper policing within inner city communities, and implicit bias, but political correctness and misinformation fueled by social media. McCulloch, unwilling and unable to hold himself (and a racist system) accountable, turned the focus on everyone but US.  Celebrating a system as one of “rules,” “fairness” and “process” requires imagining black bodies as inherently criminal and characterizing outrage and protest as irrational. Resembling the ways that discourses around race invariably blame black America for “playing the race card” and inserting race, McCulloch and friends ability to deny the racial meaning at the core of Ferguson and deflect through scapegoating everyone else is a sobering reminder of the insidious realities of American racism.

Ferguson ProtestsIn the face of daily injustices, police violence, and a system unwilling and unable to be accountable, primarily black activists and organizers have stood up to say #enough. “Waiting for this [decision] is the ritual of black life in America: dying, grieving, fighting, demanding, mourning, mounting protests, hoping, voting, being disenfranchised, shot at and dying again,” notes Salamishah Tillet.  “Right now, I am wondering how to stop a cycle that African-Americans neither created nor condone and how far from freedom we still remain. This has not been a ritual for white America; yet another privilege, yet another reminder of how the entire system says and shows that white life matters.  Yet, White America, as a whole, has been both silence and absence

What matters in this moment, in this new verdict but very very old reality is taking a stand, raising your voice, and being in consistent, organized action. There are many different ways to get involved, and some really important grassroots organizations and campaigns who have been on the ground organizing for a very long time. We want, we need, all hands on deck folks.  Do your part, in a way that feels right to your spirit and your ideals.  Here are just some ideas to get you connected. The more that THIS conversation of racial justice becomes THE conversation we can impact the dominant narrative, create culture shifts, break down systemic / institutionalized racism, and build a new day…..we must fight, ‘til the white day is done.

Stand up for what’s right
JLove and David

See, Judge, ACT for Racial Justice:

URGENT ACTION MONDAY DECEMBER 1ST !
Monday: Mass Walkout #HandsUpWalkOut -#FergusonAction is asking you and your organizations to support a mass walk out on Monday at 12:01pm—the time that Mike Brown was murdered. Folks can put their hands up as they leave their job, schools or wherever they are and gather together. Please share widely on social media using #HandsUpWalkOut.  Click here for an image to share.

The request from Ferguson is for ongoing actions at the Department of Justice and Us Attorneys Offices this week (ideally by Thursday). We are still identifying point people across the country. For more information and / or to volunteer please email: info@showingupforracialjustice.org

Identify the location and time for your action.

For US Attorneys’ offices near you, look here:  http://www.justice.gov/usao/districts/
For a list of DOJ buildings, look here: http://www.justice.gov/crs/about-crs/regional-and-field-offices 
If there is not a DOJ location in your city, please consider a location that represents the systemic issues we are trying to address. Some other locations include local police stations, city halls, and state capitol buildings. Even if your action is already planned for a different location, consider if you can march to an appropriate target.

Other Organizations, Responses, & Actions!

Showing up for Racial Justice

Sankofa

Which side are you on? A SURJ response to the Grand Jury In Ferguson

African Voices

Black Youth Project

Dream Defenders

Blackout for Human Rights

Ferguson Action 

Organization of Black Struggle

Black Life Matters

Ferguson Defense Fund

Youth Justice Coalition

DRUM NYC

Color of Change

Ferguson Next

About the Authors
David J Leonard is a professor in the Department of Critical Culture, Gender, and Race at Washington State University. http://drdavidjleonard.com/
JLove Calderón is a conscious media maker, social entrepreneur, author and member of SURJ. www.jlovecalderon.com

Comments

  1. RE: The So-called Rioting & Looting Note This: Did a KKK / Covert Cop Nexus burn down the Church of Mike Brown Sr in Ferguson- as the Lame-stream media blamed Black ‘rioters’???
    From AlterNet: ” ‘Anonymous’ Dumps KKK Leader’s Personal Info Online in Ongoing Ferguson Dispute’ [@ http://www.alternet.org/anonymous-dum… ]: } Members of the Anonymous offshoot NOWsec claimed last week that a source within the St. Louis County Police Department had told them Ferguson-area law enforcement officers were affiliated with the “Ghoul Squad,” which the activists described as supportive of the local KKK chapter….
    The pastor of a church where Michael Brown’s father was baptized over the weekend said he believes White Supremacists [KKK}, not protesters, burned down Flood Christian Church overnight Monday.
    “I’m very vocal in regards to the Michael Brown case,” said Rev. Carlton Lee, who has taken part in in rallies and press conferences with Michael Brown Sr… {
    FYI: KKK type white-supremacist groups have a long sordid history of burning down / fire-bombing Black Activist Churches ala the infamous fire-bombing of the 16th St Baptist Church in Birmingham AL in Sept 1963- Killing 4 young Black Girls.
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    Why Killer Cop Wilson Actually Incriminates Himself w His Testi-Lying ‘Tall-Tale’ [just as Killer Z’s ‘Tall-Tale’ Really Incriminated Himself]

    Note this excerpt from his ABC interview [see @ http://www.alternet.org/print/news-amp-politics/darren-wilsons-interview-i-have-clear-conscience-over-michael-brown-shooting ]
    } “I reached out of the window, and I felt the immense power that he had. It was like a five-year-old trying to hold onto Hulk Hogan. He was a very large, a very powerful man.”
    “You’re a pretty big guy,” ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos observed.
    “Yeah, I’m above average,” he said.
    Wilson’s 6ft 4ins tall, about Brown’s height. { [Killer Cop Wilson’s also weighs 210 – 220lbs- so he’s about Mike Brown’s height but weighs about 50 – 60 lbs less.]
    – In this interview Wilson says he has NO regrets. Not only does Wilson claim Mike Brown was like the ‘Hulk’, but also was like a ‘Demon’ [IE: he literally ‘demonizes’ Mike brown]

    Compare Killer Cop Wilson’s version vs Mike Brown’s companion Dorian Johnson’s version of the struggle at the squad car [see @ http://www.aol.com/article/2014/11/25/grand-jury-focused-on-key-fatal-ferguson-tussle/20999131/?icid=maing-grid7%7Cnetscape%7Cdl1%7Csec1_lnk2%26pLid%3D570904 ]
    Wilson: } By almost all accounts, Michael Brown was in a physically struggle with the Wilson thru his open window moments before Wilson fatally shot him on Aug. 9.
    Wilson blamed it on Brown, saying the teenager reached thru his driver’s side window, hit him in the face, called him a “pussy” and grabbed his gun. Wilson told the grand jury that he pulled the trigger twice in his own defense, but no shots went off. “This guy [Brown] is going to kill me if he gets ahold of this gun. I [Wilson] pulled it a 3rd time, it goes off.”
    [This occurred after] Wilson spotted Brown and a friend [Dorian Johnson] walking down the center of a residential street, and told them to move aside. They refused, and [Wilson claims] Brown responded with an expletive.
    That was the moment when Wilson said he realized Brown matched the description of the robbery suspect, and decided to confront the young men single-handedly, backing up his vehicle to block Brown’s path.
    Wilson said he tried to open his vehicle door, Brown pushed it shut, and then he pushed Brown with the door before Brown reached in and hit him in the face…
    “I drew my gun, “Get back or I’m going to shoot you.” – “He immediately grabs my gun and says, ‘You are too much of a pussy to shoot me,’” Wilson told Testi-Lied to] the grand jury… {

    Dorian Johnson: } Johnson saw it differently saying: The cop [Wilson] pulled up and told us ‘Get the F-ck out of the street. We said we were near our destination. [Mike Brown’s grand-mother’s house]. He [Wilson] then pulled off, but then slammed on the brakes threw his squad car in reverse- pulling his vehicle so close to them that when Wilson tried to open the door, it hit Brown hard and bounced back. Then, Wilson’s “arm came out the window, and that’s the first initial contact that they had. The officer grabbed, ahold of Big Mike’s shirt around the neck,” Johnson said. {

    Wilson’s first shot in / near the squad car went thru Brown’s hand from a distance of 6 to 9 inches, the St. Louis County ME’s office determined. It was the only bullet that hit Brown at close range, spilling blood that stained Wilson’s pants leg and the interior driver’s side door handle.
    The fatal shots came moments later. Johnson fled, then Brown, and the officer left the car in pursuit.
    Wilson testified that Brown then reversed course and approached him. He fired a round of shots, and said Brown paused, then came at him again, “just coming straight at me like he was going to run right thru me.”
    “And when he gets about 8 to 10 feet away, I look down, I remember looking at my sites and firing, all I see is his head and that’s what I shot.”
    Brown fell to the ground, fatally wounded by the last of the 7 bullets that struck his body [IE: Wilson shot Brown at-least a total of 8Xs, NOT the often quoted 6]. {

    There are multiple problems w Killer Cop Wilson’s ‘tall-Tale: He claims he was ‘like a 5 yr old child wrestling w Hulk Hogan’ – except Mike was 18 yrs old & Wilson’s 28, so Wilson’s self-servingly reversed the roles of who’s the adult & who’s child. And at 6ft 4 in & 210 – 220lbs Wilson’s a big guy too- though he weighs 50 – 60lbs less than Mike did.

    IMO Wilson’s tall-tale of his gun misfiring twice that’s just a BS embellishment to distract from the fact that Wilson pulled his pistol & first shot Mike Brown inside or right by his squad car. Wilson’s tale of trying to open the squad car door to climb out suggests that if Mike then slammed it back hard, it likely should have slammed on Wilson’s leg as he was stepping out of the car- Yet no such claim was made. Wilson then claims Mike punched him a couple of times, yet IMO the pics of Wilson’s face hyped as so-called proof of this are IMO unconvincing- showing superficial reddening at-best. First Wilson claimed Mike slugged him in the eye & broke his eye-socket. Now he says [after the pics showed NO damage to his eye(s] it was really his cheeks- especially his right cheek [more on that later]. But these pics were released weeks after Wilson gunned-down unarmed Mike Brown, plenty of time to ‘photo-shop’ them.

    The problem w the so-called ‘swelling’ on Wilson’s right cheek is analogous to Wilson’s ‘Tall-Tale’ that Mike reached for Wilson’s holstered gun, after slugging him. It seems Wilson is right-handed as was Mike, yet w Wilson sitting in the drivers seat, his holstered gun would have been facing away from Mike, almost completely inaccessible to Mike’s right hand, & even quite difficult to reach w his left hand. IMO if a struggle for Wilson’s gun took place inside his squad-car, it’s because Wilson had ALREADY PULLED HIS GUN, while pulling Mike in thru the driver’s side window!!!
    – Like-wise w Wilson’s alleged bruised right cheek. IMO only if Wilson had been standing completely out-side the squad-car & facing Mike, or stuck his head out of the window, or had Mike pulled Wilson partly thru the window, could Mike hit Wilson in his right cheek w a left-hand punch hard enough to allegedly ‘bruise’ Wilso’ns right-cheek. Yet witnesses [including Wilson himself & Mike’s friend Dorian Make NO such claims so NONE of That Happened- IE: The struggle took place thru Wilson squad-car window w Wilson sitting inside.
    – In fact according to these 2 articles [see ‘Officer Darren Wilson’s Story is Unbelievable. Literally.’ @ http://www.vox.com/2014/11/25/7281165/darren-wilsons-story-side -vs- Dorian Johnson’s account [@ http://www.vox.com/2014/11/25/7287443/dorian-johnson-story ] Wilson incredibly claims that Brown starting slugging him w his hands filled w those now infamous cigars!! [HUHH WTF!!].
    Thus the evidence don’t jibe w Wilson’s ‘Tall-Tale’. What we know for sure Wilson first shot Mike thru the right hand at near point-blank range, while Mike upper body was apparently still inside Wilson’s left squad-car window!!! Yet both Wilson & Dorian agree on this Key point- During the tussle at the car, ‘Big Mike’ handed Dorian those infamous cigars w his left hand. That means Mike’s left hand was out-side of Wilson’s squad car [Note: Dorian says ‘Big Mike’s’ whole body was outside of the car- resisting Wilson snatching him by the collar & trying to pull Mike toward him]. So Mike’s left hand was outside the car, yet Wilson claims he got a red-mark on the right side of his face cause Mike slugged him w his left hand [Note: Mike was likely right-handed so logically the most damaging blow should have been to Wilson’s LEFT -NOT Right- Cheek]. Yet even Wilson admits that the only way Mike could really slug him w his left hand is he had to first hand the cigars in his left hand off to Dorian. Yet even if Wilson turned to face Mike at this point, in order for Mike to land a hard left hand blow to Wilson’s right cheek, Mike’s punch would have to get past Wilson’s squad-car’s driver’s side rear-view mirror, left-door’s window frame & wind-shield, plus the steering wheel & still have enough force to do some damage- I DON”T THINK SO!!!

    The other problem is Wilson apparently chased Brown down about 200 ft from his squad-car. So why would Big Mike run from Wilson after calling him a ‘pussy’ who wouldn’t dare shoot him, for some 200 ft, before then turning on Wilson like a ‘demon-faced’ ‘Raging Bull‘{shit} / ‘Incredible Hulk’ – taking 8 more shots from Wilson [at-least 3 more to his right arm], including 3 kill shots to the eye, fore-head & top of his head [according to the St Louis ME’s report]??!
    IMO the 3 shots to Mike’s arms are consistent w his arms-up [& giving up]- which Wilson denies contrary to several witnesses [including 2 white construction workers] who said that Mike was indeed surrendering- while the 3 kill shots to Mike’s eye, fore-head & top of his head are consistent w either Mike stumbling to the ground while Wilson was shooting him, or he was actually on / getting on his knees [w his hands up]…
    – So Killer Cop Wilson ‘Testi-Lied’ that Mike Brown reached for his waist band w his right-hand [IE: the hand that Wilson had just shot him in- Humm…], just before Wilson fired the last shots- including 3 to the head. Of course this implies Wilson had so-called ‘just’ cause to shoot to kill- cause He thought Mike had a gun -Except- MIKE HAD NO GUN!!! So It Makes NO DAMN Sense that Mike would reach for a gun that He NEVER Even HAD- w his shot-up right-hand to boot!!! But that’s not the only thing Wilson claims that don’t even make BAD Sense! – & just that alone should have been enough to indict Killer Cop Wilson on homicide charges to face trial! But the real problems w Wilson’s Testi-lying ‘Tall-Tale’ doesn’t just end there… –
    Wilson claims he chased Mike [after shooting him in the hand, Mike & Dorian ran], for just 20ft – 30ft, & then Mike turned & reach for a gun that he NEVER Even HAD [w his shot-up right hand], & then charged Wilson like a ‘Demon Faced’ ‘Raging Bull'{shit} / ‘Incredible Hulk’ for some 10ft before Wilson gunned him down [including 3 to the head]. One Small Problem- Mike’s body was found [left laying in the hot sun for over +4hrs] at-least 150FT AWAY from Wilson’s squad-car. Thus Wilson’s ‘tall-tale’ is like Killer Z’s where Z-Man claims he shot Trayvon in one location, yet Trayvon’s body was found 30ft – 40ft away from where Killer ‘swore’ he shot Trayvon!!!

    PS: Note that Wilson’s tell’s ABC’s George Stephanopoulos:} ‘[when] I reached out of the window, I could feet the immense power that he [‘Big Mike’] had. It was like a 5yr-old trying to hold onto Hulk Hogan…’ { Wilson reach out of his window toward Mike to do what??? According to Dorian it was to snatch ‘Big Mike’ by his collar & pull him toward Wilson thru the car window. Note Wilson does NOT say he could tell Mike’s strength when he slugged him, nor as Mike slammed the car door back on Wilson, etc.. IMO Dorian gives the best answer to this Wilson ‘slip of the tongue’.
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    RE: This ‘Training’ meme as the [phony] ‘solution’ to the nation-wide problem of Cops gunning-down unarmed Black [& Hispanic] men & women and children & elders- As Paul Craig Roberts says in his CounterPunch article [see ‘The Shoot First Mentality of American Police’ see @ http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/11/28/the-shoot-first-mentality-of-american-police/ ], These [mainly white] Cops are doing exactly what they’ve been TRAINED & Given License To DO!!!
    Note this excerpt:} ‘After shooting Kajieme Powell 10 times, the [2 St Louis] cops hold guns on his dead body while they handcuff a dead man. This video [of 2 St Louis cops gunning-down Powell] shows that either PSYCHOPATHS are recruited for the police force, or Police TRAINING Turns Cops Into PSYCHOPATHS…’{
    – Also Note that during Killer Cop Wilson’s ABC interview, after saying he has NO Regrets, Wilson actually says he was just Doing His JOB, that Which He was TRAINED To DO!!!

    So how the HELL is more of this ‘Training’ going to solve the problem??!! – IMO ‘More Training’ is just a ‘clever-sounding’ PHONY Solution to the problem!!!

    • From BrassCheck TV [@ http://www.brasschecktv.com/videos/law-enforcement-corruption–abuse-1/how-the-missouri-da-rigged-the-grand-jury-in-the-ferguson-case.html ]: St Louis DA Robert McCulloch & His assistant DA Kathy Alizadeh [a white woman] effectively LIED to [Killer Cop Wilson’s] Grand Jury, by instructing [Killer Cop Wilson’s] Grand Jury that it was ‘lawful’ for Killer Cop Wilson to gun-down Mike Brown for fleeing, even though that MO so-called ‘Law’ was ruled Un-Constitutional by the SCOTUS Court in 1985!!!

      This is enough for Obama & Holder’s DOJ to Investigate & Prosecute St Louis DA Rob McCulloch & His assistant DA Ms Alizadeh for committing PERJURY to Obstruct Justice & violating Mike Brown’s family’s civil rights!!! But I would NOT Hold{er} my breath on Obama & Holder stepping up to the plate on this!!!.

      • Thus Killer Cop Wilson’s Attny masquerading as a DA, Rob McCulloch- so obviously stacked the deck in Wilson’s favor I’m starting to doubt if there were really any Blacks on that Grand Jury. How do we really know this for sure, since the whole thing was done in secret???

  2. Esteban Ruiz says:

    Whoever said this was about race? We presume that Michael Brown was shot because he was black…but was he really? What evidence is there that supports this? Perhaps his race was incidental to this situation. But the media capitalized on this and exploited the racial aspect of this. The media has set race relations back several years by making this into a hate crime when it most likely wasn’t. Of course Al Sharpton has something to say about this even though he wasn’t there and has had nothing to do with this incident. He’s playing up the racial aspect of this incident in order to make himself seem more relevant, when he is probably the most useless person on Earth. Even Charles Barkley has come out in support of this verdict. The police, as he has stated, are the only force in many black neighborhoods that are keeping them from descending into complete and utter chaos. Of course many are calling him an Uncle Tom and spewing hateful, vengeful responses to his comments, even though he is absolutely right. Sometimes the truth hurts and people would rather be lied to. Of course the looters and rioters are out there destroying the businesses of small, hard-working middle class business owners in response to this verdict. Yeah, that will bring credibility to your cause. Let’s destroy a black owned small business to protest the supposed injustice that was done to black people. That’s really fucking smart, dipshits. Let’s believe everything the media tells us and not question anything. Also smart, dipshits. Oh, by the way, I am a person of color, whatever that means…I stopped blaming whitey long ago and started doing pretty well once I did, thank you very much.

    • Dr. Gloria Avila-Huerta says:

      Esteban, my name is Dr. Gloria Avila-Huerta and I am a doctor of Latina studies at UC Berkeley. What you have just said is clearly an insult to all minorities everywhere. As far as history goes back, all white people everywhere have been responsible for everything that has ever gone wrong, ever. If a minority commits a crime, it is only because he was a victim of circumstance because he grew up in racist America. America is the worst country in the world. God, I hate it here, it is terrible. Everyone is a hypocrite. I want to move to Russia. There, you can say and do whatever you want, and nobody will ever prosecute you. I would move there, but that means I would have to give up my multi-million dollar home in the Oakland Hills as well as my BMW 325i, which I am not quite ready to do at this point. I don’t really care about my kids, I’m sure they’ll do fine. I’ll just leave them some TV dinners and about 60 dollars in cash, that should cover their food, expenses, and college for the next 14 years. I just hope they don’t scratch my BMW because it’s mine. But rest assured, I will move to Russian soon, probably within the next 60-75 years.

  3. Tyrone Franklin says:

    Get over it. This has nothing to do with race. Brown took a chance and lost his life for doing so.

  4. I’m just reading about the Jump Off Boyz. Sounds like they were just ignorant if they were copying white supremecy.

  5. My first comment is posted in the wrong article. I meant to comment about that bully/thug Michael Brown. I, for one, was relieved that Officer Wilson wasn’t indicted. It should show blacks that if you attack anyone they may suffer the consequences. Michael Brown is dead because of Michael Brown, his parents, and community. His parents and community taught Michael that its okay/normal to bully people and rob stores. Look where it got him. And now black hoodlums are burning businesses and destroying property. Typical. But what do they care. Its not like they’ll be forced to pay for any of the damages. But once they get tired, they’ll complain that they now have to travel too far to shop. Yet, they’re the ones who burned down businesses in their own neighborhood. And they have no intentions on rebuilding anything. Causing destruction is what feral blacks do best. Typical.