The last few months have been times of great turmoil in our country. I’ve watched with disdain, dismay and a tremendous amount of concern as the situation in Ferguson, MO, has been fanned in flames of destruction and despair. I’m no judge or jury, but in that case I fully sided with the police officer. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see the videos of the strongman robbery Michael Brown had just pulled in a convenience store. In essence, he signed his own death warrant with his bad decisions, his improper respect for a shop keeper, and his total disdain for authority.
I’m quite sure Michael didn’t get up that morning and decide this was his day to die! I’m just as sure that Police Office Darren Wilson didn’t get up that morning and decide this was his day to shoot someone and end his own life-as-he-knew-it. What a tragedy all because one man – Michael – wasn’t raised to respect others. As I said, I’m not judge or jury, but I can certainly sift through evidence that has been presented and see the facts, no matter what the Attorney General or the White House says about it. Fact is fact, Jack!
Then there was the death of Mr. Garner in NYC. I’ve watched that video numerous times, as have most of you reading this, and I’ve come to my own conclusions there as well. Again, I’m sure that no one involved in that scenario got up that morning deciding this was their day to die or to kill someone. It happened. I saw it pretty clearly and I was surprised, as was most of the world, that the Grand Jury came down with No Clear Bill. However, I respect the jury system we have in this country and whether I think the decision was ‘grand’ or not, I stand by it.
However, there are some culprits that I think should be brought to trial on this entire thing, and now we can add the names of Officers Ramos and Liu to the list of those murdered by politicians, because they are the ones that caused this. If we can get beyond the hideous emotion of it all and think about the real reason these people died, we’ll see it is for money and politics.
Michael Brown died because he stole cigarillos and then didn’t have the intestinal fortitude to respect and obey the one who came to enforce the law against thievery. Michael Brown was a thief. He died for less than $6.00 in stolen cigarillos!
Mr. Garner, on the other hand, died for about $6.45. I guess that is a higher crime! When you come right down to it, the City Councilmen and Mayor of New York City are responsible for his death. They are the ones, or the ones preceding them, who decided the taxes on a pack of cigarettes had to be so high to meet the greed of the city and state. When people started bringing them from other states and selling them at a lesser price because the taxes were less in those states, then that became serious business. $6.45 is pretty serious to greedy politicians. An ordinance was written and a man was killed! Pretty simple.
I don’t agree with what Mr. Garner did any more than I agree with what the politicians did, but to kill someone for $6.45 – that’s beyond my wildest imagination. Michael Brown not only stole, but then he tried to ‘kill’ or at least injure the police officer; Eric Garner tried to make a few bucks albeit illegally and for this he died! Who wins in these situations? No one wins.
Two police officers lives have been ruined, forever. They will never live in peace and they will never get over the life they took. It will haunt them the rest of their lives. The people in Ferguson, MO, who have lost their businesses and maybe their homes and jobs because of the rioting, will never regain what they’ve lost.
And, most of all, the families of those who’ve died, have lost the most. The assassin that took the lives of the two NYC police officers as they innocently sat in their police cruiser probably talking about the holidays, never saw what came against them. They were murdered! There is no doubt about that. And for what? Because they went to work that day? They were murdered by hate.
And the hate continues.
Tonight, or maybe this afternoon, there will be more demonstrating in NYC and wherever else anyone wants to take advantage of the freedom of this country. There will be signs and shouting and finger pointing and maybe someone else will be hurt or even killed. Will that be enough blood or will their hate demand more?
There is a way to settle things like this and it’s called peacefully. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. showed this country how to do that. You demonstrate quietly and respectfully. You don’t bring in hate batters or race batters like Al Sharkton – that’s what he is, a shark – and you don’t burn things. Hate gets you nowhere.
If that isn’t enough, then get an education and run for public office. Take responsibility. Make a difference in a calm manner and quit – just quit – the hate. It only causes more hate and more blood shed and more heartache.
There will be another funeral in a few days … how sad.