America took five steps backwards when a grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri, did not indict white police officer Darren Wilson for shooting and killing Mike Brown, an unarmed black teenager, in August. It is unbelievable that a grand jury would not come back with an indictment when the accused cannot put on a defense or cross examine witnesses. In the minds of racists and the media mongers on Fox News, the criminal justice system worked fine.
I guess this means we are a nation of hypocrites. Throughout history, our government and the media have justified starting wars by telling the people that we have to go and kill mass murdering dictators and terrorists like Saddam Hussein for committing crimes against humanity. We spend billions of dollars sending drones and armies after our enemies based on the fact they are killing innocents in foreign lands.
Yet, people living outside the U.S. can make the same argument about Barack Obama because he is not doing anything to fix the criminal justice system or stop injustices against his own people. They can claim America's leaders commit crimes against humanity because the criminal justice system is set up to disenfranchise African Americans.
How many cases around the country involving a white man killing an unarmed black man end with criminal charges or a guilty verdict? Practically none. The reality is that a large number of white people believe it is justifiable to kill unarmed blacks. A Huffington Post-YouGov poll of 1,000 adults released this week found that 62 percent of African-Americans believed Wilson was at fault for killing Brown, while only 22 percent of whites agreed. A prosecutor could indict a ham sandwich unless it was accused of killing an unarmed black man.
That's why African Americans in Ferguson are looting and rioting. I don't condone violence, rioting, or looting, but this is something that has been part of our history since the 1963 riots in Birmingham, Alabama, provoked by the bombing of a motel where civil rights leaders were staying.
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In their minds, this country has failed them. They don't feel a connection with the United States right now. Burning and tearing things down is the only way left to protest a broken system.
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