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Thursday, August 21, 2014

The Lynching in Ferguson

Things have come full circle since the old battle over segregation. The targets of police brutality during the Selma to Montgomery marches have joined the lynch mobs. After the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, blacks rushed to judgment declaring the police officer involved, Darren Wilson, a murderer who must be brought to justice. No trial, no evidence, just lynch the S.O.B.! Wilson, in fear for his life, has gone into hiding. As Thomas Sowell observed:

Race is the wild card in all this. The idea that you can tell who is innocent and who is guilty by the color of their skin is a notion that was tried out for generations, back in the days of the Jim Crow South. I thought we had finally rejected that kind of legalized lynch law. But apparently it has only been put under new management.
Too true --- under the management of race baiters like Al Sharpton and Eric Holder and it's a management that wants execution first, questions after. Of course, there will be a public pretense of fairness, but if local government fails to get the "correct" result, will we see federal charges? We've certainly seen it before in race related cases. The double jeopardy clause of the Constitution must bow to political correctness.

Well, despite the hysteria and nightly mobs of violent, looting protesters (true liberals who never let a crisis go to waste when TV's, alcohol, and other goodies are ripe for the taking.) more evidence about the confrontation is coming out that calls into question the image of the "gentle giant" gunned down by a rogue policeman.

Autopsy results show that Brown was not shot in the back "like an animal" as several black "witnesses" alleged. All his wounds were from the front. So much for the story of a fleeing black teen being heartlessly gunned down by a pursuing policeman. Brown's wounds are more consistent with the officer's story that he was being charged by the "gentle giant." Did the officer fear for his life and fire in self defense? That scenario is at least plausible, especially in view of details coming out about the officer's injuries including an "orbital eye socket blowout" allegedly sustained when Brown reached into the window his cruiser and began beating him in the face. Wilson was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

And now it appears that Brown's friend, Dorian Johnson, is changing his story to a version that corroborates what other witnesses reported -- that Brown did, indeed, reach into the officer's cruiser and attack him before running away and then turning back to rush the already injured officer. If that's what happened and you saw this 6'4", 292 lb bull charging you what would you do?

What all this indicates is that we have a justice system for a reason. Courts of law hear witnesses and review evidence. Juries are called to make decisions based on facts not feelings. Al Sharpton's hype serves no purpose but his own aggrandizement and the Washington Redskins' antics of running out on the field with hands up in the "Hands up, don't shoot!" mantra do nothing but pour gasoline on the fire.

The good people of Ferguson deserve better. Major media should report on the teachers congregating at the Ferguson library and a local Baptist Church to offer classes to the children whose education has been delayed by school closings. There is plenty of good news about race relations in America. We rarely hear about it. Too many benefit, like our racist-in-chief, from playing the race card ad infinitum!

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