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Let's Get the Picture Straight...

In an age where there’s 24 hour news and social media it is easy to lose track of what is really happening. Do not forget that the news you are seeing about the protesters has nothing to do with what you are being saturated with. This is about the killing of Michael Brown. That is what the protest is about. The media must cover everything, because they have so much news that they must produce. In fact, there was no such thing as social media until the media had to begin to draw from Twitter and Facebook to fill the space that is necessary for non-stop news. We had social networks. Today, you can bet your boots that much of the news is news you’d like to lose. The point is, because of the fast paced busy world of media, it is easy to forget what the real story is.

Protest over Michael Browns Death
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Let's get the picture straight. The news is covering the protest, and unless the protesters are walking with Dr. Martin Luther King, they are bound to show how upset they are. However, what does that have to do with a white policeman emptying his gun into a young black man? Understand this, the media must keep your attention, therefore you won’t see the protesters who talk to the police kindly. You will not see the protesters that come out and clean the streets. You will not even see the protesters who are trying to stop looters and such. Why? It is because people love to see and speak about the horror of things.

The media has to sell a story you will buy. Drama sells. You will buy any or all of it if you don’t stay focused. If you are focused, you will realize that the talk of all the violent protesters is a one sided conversation. According to many of the protesters, the police worked hard to provoke them. In the end, it is the protesters that are in the news, at least, the protesters that can be made to look like hooligans. However, people have come from different countries just to support the citizens of Ferguson, MO. They have been called criminals and trouble makers, but what about others who are there, like the KKK.

“ Ku Klux Klan (KKK) members from three different states are reportedly traveling to Ohio to hold a two-day fundraiser for the officer who shot unarmed teen Michael Brown, and to “guard white businesses. “The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) first reported last week that that the New Empire Knights of the Ku Klux Klan had begun raising money in support of the Ferguson police officer who killed Brown.”

This is not about the behavior of the people protesting, even though that is the story media is presently selling the public. Their very lives are on the line. This is about the murder of a young black unarmed man by a white policeman. The killing took place on August 9, 2014 but the name of the policeman was not revealed for six days. While they were supposed to be sharing the name of the policeman with the community they began a smear campaign on the deceased. If it were not for Yahoo, no one would have even known what the officer looked like. His name is Darren Wilson. Be assured there is a racial divide in that area. However, Ferguson has an almost 70% black and 30% white population and they are standing together.

If this had taken place in Los Angeles, New York or Chicago it would have gone unnoticed. However this happened in Ferguson Missouri, a small suburb of less than 22,000 people. Nevertheless Missouri has a known history of whites feeling as though they can kill black people and suffer punishment of no sort. It is important to stay with the true problem. It is not about cigarillos, or looters or any other thing. This is about the murder of a teenaged child. This is about civil rights in a state that has long believed it does not have to be humane in any way to black people.

Because of the Dred Scott ruling, killing black men seemingly became an epidemic. Do not get sidetracked. Michael Brown was not a looter, and no cigarillos were in his hand as the policeman claimed. If they had been in his hand they would have fallen from his hand when he put his hands up. They would have been displayed as readily as the shoplifting video, but no cigarillos were found. The policeman knew nothing about a shoplifter. Michael Brown and his friend were walking in the street instead of on the sidewalk. The chief of police has tried to say they were walking in the middle of the street blocking traffic. It is more likely, that they were walking on the side of the street close to the curb. In addition we will probably find out the policeman acted from road rage. He was enraged because they were walking in the street. Because of road rage he murdered a black man in front of multiple witnesses with no worries.

According to Melissa Harris-Perry of MSNBC, it is possible to go back an entire decade to see where white policemen killed unarmed black men. These killings have resulted in no known consequences. Here are the dates and names of some of the unarmed black men, who preceded Michael Brown in being killed by white police. January 4, 2004, Timothy Stansbury, November 25, 2006, Sean Bell, January 1, 2009, Oscar Grant, January 1.2010, Erin Campbell, July 18, 2011 Alonzo Ashley, March 7, 2012, Wendell Allen, September 14, 2013, Johnathon Ferro

"Michael Brown was one of four black men killed in the last month by police. On July 17, Eric Garner was killed by an illegal chokehold in New York. On August 5, John Crawford was shot in a store in Beavercreek, OH. Just after Brown’s death, on August 9 Ezell Ford, a young man with known mental illness, was shot in Los Angeles. These are four examples of many, according to a recent study, a black man is killed every 28 hours by police, security guards or vigilantes. The whole nation is experiencing these tragedies; reality is being forced upon us.”

It appears that many white men were told that black men have no value, and they were not bound to any recognize or respect any rights of black men. Dred Scott, like Michael Brown was a black man in Missouri. This is a state were whites were specifically given the right to disregard the lives of black men. It began when Dred Scott sued for his freedom in Missouri.
“In March 1857, the Supreme Court answered a question that Congress had evaded for decades: whether Congress had the power to prohibit slavery in the territories. The case originated in 1846, when a Missouri slave, Dred Scott, sued to gain his freedom. Scott argued that while he had been the slave of an army surgeon he had lived for four years in Illinois, a Free State, and Wisconsin, a free territory, and that his residence on free soil had erased his slave status.

‘All nine justices rendered separate opinions, but Chief Justice Roger B. Taney (1777-1864) delivered the opinion that expressed the position of the court's majority. His opinion represented a judicial defense of the most extreme proslavery position. The Chief Justice made two sweeping rulings. The first was that Scott had no right to sue in federal court because neither slaves nor free blacks were citizens of the United States. At the time the Constitution was adopted, the Chief Justice wrote, blacks had been "regarded as beings of an inferior order" with "no rights which the white man was bound to respect.

For over a century white men have been made to feel that it was okay to kill black men, as they do not believe the Declaration of Independence includes black people at all. As far as people being arrested, people are always arrested during protests. Dr. Martin Luther King, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Rev. Al Sharpton are among the many. We have been listening quite a bit about all the talk of those who were arrested. I suppose they thought “Hedy Epstein, a 90-year-old Holocaust survivor, was a threat. She was arrested on Monday during unrest over the death of Michael Brown. Epstein, who aided Allied forces in the Nuremberg trials, was placed under arrest in downtown St. Louis, Missouri, "for failing to disperse" during a protest of Gov. Jay Nixon's decision to call the National Guard into Ferguson. Eight others were also arrested.”

For the most part black people, and all others who believe in equality are leaders in civil rights. These are they who are willing to fight and even die to have rights. When civil rights are won, they are won for everyone. Whoever you are, you deserve the right to live your life. It should not matter what gender you are, who you love, what color you are or what language you speak. Michael Brown deserved the right to live his life. He deserved the right to grow up. Eighteen is not grown, and does not possess the maturity of a true adult.

Everyone needs to be treated with respect and dignity, and in America, for that to happen, it is really true that some are going to jail, some are going to die and some may be simply bruised for life. In America, it is the sad truth that blacks have to fight for their rights. This protest is like a civil war. However, most people are able to protest without being subjected to Martial Law. Most protesters are not in the presence of policemen that are riding in tanks, neither do they have to deal with the National Guard. Missouri, in their plight to protect a criminal policeman has begun a civil war. They are dressed and geared up for war and that is why people have begun to bring guns. All across the world, people know it’s a civil war. As I write this article, I have been made aware of two more young black men who have been killed. They can spend millions on army gear, why can’t they afford a Taser? Remember, this protest is about the death of Michael Brown, and the civil rights of black people. It has nothing to do with the continuous talk on cable TV. If this article interested you, subscribe, and you will receive every article as soon as it is published.