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Nov 30

Surprise! America’s Racism Wins Again

In Brief—This is an examination of the evidence and facts in the tragic killing of Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson on August 9, 2014, in Ferguson, Missouri. The grand jury has found insufficient evidence to indict Officer Wilson. Such is justice in America.

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Ferguson: Business as Usual—

Racism is politely defined as a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human races determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one’s own race is superior and has the right to rule others. Put more directly, it is intolerance and discrimination that poisons the mind of the believer.

Racism can range from a dominating evil monster to a tiny mouse in the corner and, rarely, to an absence of racism altogether. The Ferguson, Missouri police department and Officer Darren Wilson fit the monster analogy to a T.

To those living in an isolated cave, on November 25th, the Grand Jury freed Officer Darren Wilson from an indictment for murdering an unarmed black, Michael Brown on August 9. To understand the travesty of their finding, it helps to know a little about the grand jury, the prosecutor and the procedure.

”Grand Jury” sounds impressive, doesn’t it, but it’s a centuries-old anacronism that is one-sided and easily manipulated by a biased prosecutor. Essentially, it is a legal body that is supposed to investigate potential criminal conduct and determine whether criminal charges should be brought against a named individual. A defence attorney is not allowed. In Missouri, the grand jury is composed of twelve people, nine of which will decide whether to bring charges; interestingly, nine were white and three were black. The grand jury’s findings indicate that the result was less than unanimous and since all juror and witness names were deleted from the documents, we don’t know which of the twelve disagreed with the results.

Writing as a lawyer, here’s why I consider the grand jury’s decision to be a travesty.

1) Missouri’s governor Nixon, holding a political finger to the wind, refused to appoint an independent prosecutor. Hmm-m-m?

2) St. Louis County’s prosecutor, Robert McCulloch, having refused to step aside, was consequently chosen to lead the farce parade. McCullough is acknowledged as a police-friendly prosecutor. He comes from a police family and his police officer father was killed by a black man. In one grand jury case absolving the police in a killing, McCulloch said of the two unarmed black men slain by police, ”These guys were bums.” Translated, he meant that the police were entitled to execute the suspects. I must add that only three of the thirteen officers present were willing to testify that the dead suspects were threatening the officers.

3) McCulloch’s acolytes presented Officer Wilson to the grand jury and allowed the officer to give his version of the killing. Is it even remotely possible that Wilson was honest and unbiased in defending his position? Have I mentioned that a defense attorney is not allowed to appear before a grand jury?

4) McCulloch stated to reporters that the other eyewitnesses were not credible because their testimony differed. It must be noted that eyewitness testimony is often unreliable. That said, it appears that the common thread from eyewitnesses shows that the slain victim was surrendering, not running toward Wilson, after being hit by Wilson’s shots. Their testimony was essentially discounted. Why? Because most were black?

5) A white contractor who was only fifty feet from the killing testified that the victim, Brown, was staggering, not running, toward Officer Wilson while attempting to surrender. The witness stated that the victim was clearly vocalizing his surrender as well as having arms partially raised although one may have sustained a wound. Was this testimony discounted?

6) The Ferguson Police Department issued several inflammatory statements regarding Michael Brown before the grand jury began its work. Some of the statements proved to be false according to reports. Query: Could these statements have influenced any of the grand jurors hearing the evidence?

7) I have listened several times to the shots being fired by Officer Wilson. They come in quick succession. Put together with the testimony of eyewitnesses, this suggests that Officer Wilson was intent on killing Brown, not capturing him. Without getting in Wilson’s head, we can only speculate that racism or lack of adequate training was the cause. In light of the reputation of the Ferguson police officers, not to mention other Missouri police departments, racism is a considerable factor among police. Us versus ”Them.”

In sum, the grand jury finding that Officer Darren Wilson is not guilty of any indictable offense is a travesty. In my view and in the views of many informed people, Wilson should be tried for murder. The evidence, despite prosecutor McCullough’s best efforts to prove otherwise, shows that Darren Wilson deliberately killed Michael Brown. One eyewitness described Wilson’s actions as, ”Down outright murder.”

A small part of my research on this case, one I’ve been following closely from the beginning, came from The Intercept, a new adversarial online endeavor to show America and the world as it actually is, not as the mainstream media and governments would have us believe. I urge you to read The Intercept’s articles regularly to counteract the blue-pill vision of the world. The truth will set you free…if you keep an open mind.

In closing, if you believe I’ve misstated a fact or disagree with anything I’ve written here or previously, please let me know. This blog is titled DeBaytable because I believe there are readers out there who may disagree with what I have written. The Comment section is your opportunity to express yourself, whether pro or con. Do it.

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  1. Linda

    I would add that the eyewitness that was quoted by McCullough as witnessing Brown run toward Wilson as if trying to attack him, had entered into her diary earlier that day that she was going to head down a particular street so that she might stop calling blacks the N-word and think of them as people. How reliable a witness is that? And, McCullough at the news conference where he gave his rationale as to why charges were not going to be issued against Wilson, said all the witnesses were black. The witness he quoted was white.

    One newscaster, after hearing McCullough’s statements remarked that he sounded like he just gave the defense attorney’s closing argument. McCullough is the prosecutor.

    The grand jury verdict is a joke. I wonder who believes it is based on truth?

  2. Jim Newton

    Well Done, Don. The case against Wilson is so obvious, the one against Brown so flimsy, and the evidence against the prosecutor so blatant that the only rational explanation for the GJ outcome is racism. We know that the entire system across the country convicts people of color at a far greater rate than for whites, and you have to be racist to think people of color are just more evil. If I lived in Ferguson, especially if I were black, you better believe I would be protesting.

    1. Don Bay

      I have been using the phrase “racism, conscious or subconscious…” so it turns out that current research has captured the essence of what I have been writing in a shorter way that tells us that all races, not just whites, harbor racism to a greater or lesser degree. They use the term, “racial bias.”

      What took place in the grand jury room and earlier with officer Darren Wilson killing the unarmed Michael Brown was a classic case of racism in action. The question in my mind is whether officer Wilson killed Brown out of conscious raw racism or racial bias. Either way, it was an abhorrent act that takes place far too often in America. Wilson’s act cannot be excused because it was some form of racism.

      All that said, people with different colors of skin almost always harbor some negative views, however toxic, of others with a different color of skin. Even black people suffer from this racial bias. It’s a mental flaw that virtually all of us harbor to some degree. Some fight it, some don’t, and most simply are not aware of it. We need to look within ourselves and deal with what we find.

      What concerns me is that I am detecting a sense of resignation about what took place in Ferguson and takes place all over America. I keep reading that this is the human condition and there’s nothing we can do about it. With an attitude like that, nothing will get done about it and the country will experience more Fergusons. Let us look within ourselves regardless of our skin color and work to overcome the racial bias we find.

      Something must be done. We can’t afford to throw our hands in the air and say, “Well, what is, is, and it will always be that way.” Look within and work to destroy the racial bias we find. Then we will see real progress. Okay, now I will get off my soap box.

  3. Jim Newton

    The fact is, whether because of our upbringing or our school friends or other factors, we all harbor a little or a lot of racism. But that isn’t the point. The point is that it is the responsibility of each of us to root it out of ourselves. Every time a racist thought comes into our heads we have to catch it, examine it, dig it out and banish it. Racism is deep within, along with the sense of otherness of every kind, whether based on skin color or gender or age or sexual orientation or religion, etc. etc. They have basically the same origin.and they demand that we examine them and root them out.

    1. Don Bay

      Again, you hit the bull’s eye on this. It’s not just racial thoughts, but political, religious, gender, age, etc. attitudes as well. The problem with rooting out destructive thoughts is being honest with one’s self. Recognition requires not just honesty but awareness. Subconscious attitudes cannot be recognized without honesty and deep exploration.

      I thought I had no racist thoughts until the day at Disneyland years ago when I subconsciously tapped my wallet as soon as I saw two black men. Though they were well-dressed and just walking along chatting, I nevertheless reacted. Fortunately, I immediately busted myself. Awareness was the golden tool. We all need to do that, but some are simply not equipped with sufficient awareness to admit racial bias. I suspect that awareness is not a common attribute, so some bias will go undiscovered to cause trouble when the occasion arises to trigger it.

      All of that said, you are right in saying that we must work to root out racial or any other negative bias as soon as we detect it. It will be a better world if we do that, but there will still be some who lack the honesty or awareness necessary to creating a truly healthy society.

      And as to Ferguson, I recommend that your attachment regarding Eugene Robinson’s December 1 column in the Washington Post (“What America’s Police Departments Don’t Want You to Know”) be read by all readers of this blog. It can be accessed by writing into your browser the information I just gave. Or you can click on this link: http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/eugene-robinson-its-a-crime-that-we-dont-know-how-many-people-police-shoot-to-death/2014/12/01/adedcb00-7998-11e4-b821-503cc7efed9e_story.html

  4. Jim Newton

    I guess we could keep this going for awhile because the topic is so important, and thanks for adding Eugene Robinson’s link..
    I think we are both being too kind when we talk about resignation and apathy and so on. Let’s be honest here. Some people are racist and like being racist because they believe it is just the way things need to be. The Afrikaners in South Africa who instituted Apartheid and kept it going for 50 years believed that they were God’s chosen people and had the right to rule over the inferior races. These attitudes don’t yield to rooting out or anything else because the person doesn’t see the need to root out anything, and indeed believes that there are superior and inferior people and so what. That applies to some in my family of origin, so I know whereof I speak.
    Thanks again for this blog piece.

    1. Don Bay

      You hit the center of the target with this comment: some folks are simply proud to be racist and cling to the belief that they are superior to other humans with darker skin than theirs. Simple fact is that they are both ignorant and insecure. There will always be their type, and it’s unfortunate that they too often infect their children with the same deadly virus. The up side is that some children pay attention to the dysfunction of such belief and reject the virus.

      All we can do is to root the virus out of our own brains or legally try such people in an effort to remove them from a healthier society. We haven’t heard the last of officer Wilson. Let us hope that the system teaches Wilson and the others like him that we are all humans.

      It’s remarkable that American police kill many times more than all the other police forces in the developed world together. Something is seriously wrong here. It’s a genuine pathology. It’s something that has to be dealt with now, not next year or in a decade. The big question is…will America get off its wallet and remedy the problem?

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