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Ferguson Grand Jury Decision: Brown’s Death Should Be Call To Action Not Violence

Juan Williams

This article comes from foxnews.com

by Juan Williams

Where is the black leadership now that a grand jury has decided not to indict the police officer that killed Michael Brown?

Where is Al Sharpton? He advertises himself as a spokesman for the best interests of black America. But he is absent.

Where is Jesse Jackson, another popular media personality who says he speaks for black America? He’s missing in action, too.

President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder have been meeting with younger civil rights activists who are on the front-line in Missouri. The young activists are taking the lead in the churches, the schools, the community meetings in Ferguson. Those young people have led difficult conversations about the importance of moving past anger at the lack of any sanction against the policeman for shooting an unarmed young man.

Incredibly, the best leadership on the scene has come from the family of the murdered teen.

Michael Brown’s family issued a statement right after the prosecutor announced that the grand jury was not going to indict the officer. They said they are “profoundly disappointed that the killer of our child will not face the consequence of his actions.”

They then spoke about the need for “positive change…[the] need to work together to fix the system that allowed this to happen.” They specifically called for requiring the police to wear body cameras and then they added “please keep your protests peaceful.”

“Answering violence with violence is not the appropriate reaction – Let’s not just make noise, let’s make a difference,” their statement read.

As the black father of two boys and a grandson I can only imagine the pain being felt by young Michael Brown’s parents. If anyone could be forgiven for lashing out, crying out in rage it would be Michael Brown, Sr.

Instead President Obama read Mr. Brown’s words calling for people to avoid violence: “Hurting and destroying others is not the answer,” Mr. Brown said a week ago, setting the stage for a constructive response no matter what the grand jury decided.

President Obama added another quote from Mr. Brown: “I do not want my son’s death to be in vain. I want it to lead to incredible change, positive change, change that makes the St. Louis region better for everyone.”

That “positive change,” is not advanced by riots.

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  1. What in the hell do you mean where is the BLACK LEADERSHIP?

    Exactly who are the black leadership?

    First of all, who is our black leadership? Isn’t it the same leadership as what YOU have? Wouldn’t that leadership be the GOVERNOR, the MAYOR of FERGUSON, the POLICE CAPTAIN, etc.? In other words, we are AMERICANS just like you who deserve protection under the same damn constitution that gives you the excuse to put on your old military gear.

    The constitution says that everyone deserves a FAIR TRIAL. Mike Brown was executed and did not get a fair trial. Darren Wilson did not get a fair trial because he was never charged with anything. And they usually do not allow the accused to testify in a grand jury. It was held behind closed doors.

    So stop making it just about black and white UNLESS YOU ARE HONEST WITH YOURSELF THAT MISSOURI HAS A HISTORY OF RACIAL MALALIGNMENT WITH IT’S BLACK CITIZENS. And unless you are black and from Missouri, then all you need to do is re-read the constitution which was made for the people by the people to protect the people from the bullshit that is currently going on.

    So while you are standing on the rooftops just so you can relive the gold old days and break out the old uniforms, remember that the people in FERGUSON are an example of the frustration aroudn rthe country by blacks and whites. The beauty about the Internet is that you can research how the constitution is being violated by police officers everyday and then these questions that you raise wouldnt’ even exist.

    RESPONSE BY STEWART:

    Hey, we didn’t say it, Juan Williams did. And I think you miss his point, which is, ironically, really the same as yours. Here is what he said:

    Where is Al Sharpton? He advertises himself as a spokesman for the best interests of black America. But he is absent.

    Where is Jesse Jackson, another popular media personality who says he speaks for black America? He’s missing in action, too.

    He is criticizing Sharpton and Jackson, who claim to speak for all black Americans, for ducking out now that the hard part is here, and he praises the people who are actually doing their best:

    The young activists are taking the lead in the churches, the schools, the community meetings in Ferguson. Those young people have led difficult conversations about the importance of moving past anger at the lack of any sanction against the policeman for shooting an unarmed young man.

    Did you even read Juan Williams’ article, or even realize it was HIS article not ours, or did you just read the first line and then fire off your angry comment?

    From what I know of Juan Williams, he agrees with you, as do we, by the way. You will find, if you look around, that we are fully aware that police brutality, excessive force, militarization, and a lack of accountability is an AMERICAN problem, not just a black problem. As we pointed out, in detail, here.

    And we also do stand up for the rights of all Americans, of all races, and at all times. As should be clear from this open letter to Governor Nixon and this open letter to the people of Ferguson.

    And, by the way, many of the men on those roofs are recently returning Iraq and Afghanistan combat veterans who sure as shit wish they didn’t have to gear up and expose themselves to possible gunfire on American rooftops to stop arsonists. You think they had fun standing in the cold all night on Thanksgiving, away from their families? Talk about stereotyping.

    Why don’t you go down there and help them, instead of dismissing what they are doing as some sort of feel-good circle jerk. The people they are guarding would have been BURNT OUT by now if they were not there. Arsonists already set fire to the Beauty World store our guys are guarding. That happened on Monday night before our team deployed. Thankfully the fire sprinkler system kicked on and worked, though it flooded the store. Without our guys up there, that whole block would be in ashes right now, as we know for a fact because the arsonists showed up on Tuesday afternoon to tell us that was their intent. They told us they were going to come back Tuesday night to finish the job. Our guys stopped them. Do you really wish we weren’t there? You want those shops to burn? Or are you just scrambling for a personal insult because you are mad? Take advantage of the internet yourself and learn a bit more about us before you just lash out.

    Stewart

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