Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Beyond Tiresome: Official Napalm Throwers

If I wasn't saddened enough tonight at the state of the country, the issue of Ferguson, Missouri, had to come up again in the news since the decision of the grand jury is near over whether to indict a white police officer in the disputed shooting death of black teenager Michael Brown. The incident resulted in several nights of violence, looting, and rampaging. Before even all the facts were known, the usual suspects in the modern "civil rights "establishment were baying for the officer's head, despite evidence that Brown may have at the very least contributed to the escalation of the situation. That's why we have grand juries. To take testimony and get to the TRUTH.

But as they've been wont to do, the Administration of Barack Obama, most notably outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder, seem bound and determined to throw gasoline on the fire instead of urging people to peace and calm. Yesterday, Holder compared the situation to the horrible lynch murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till back in the mid-1950s at the hands of a white mob. Very irresponsible, and there is no comparison to the two incidents that I can see. But let's wait for the grand jury to render its decision.

If there is enough evidence against the officer, let him be duly indicted and tried by a jury of his peers in a court of law. If there is not enough evidence, then he must be released. Our system DEMANDS that a person is considered innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Sadly, the Administration appears to want reverse lynchings to take place.

I am used to bomb and napalm throwers like "Reverends" Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. And of the two, Al's the worst. Maybe they might consider recalling their clergymen status and head into the situation preaching the Gospel, which might actually help CONVERT people to Christ and bring peace and reconciliation. But that doesn't draw the TV cameras and isn't quite as lucrative.

Dr. Martin Luther King would not be pleased with the situation today. He would be calling for calm, for peace, for healing, etc. He would be leading in prayer. Dr. Alveda King, his niece, seems to be to me more in the spirit of her late uncle than anyone else. I feel badly that Holder had to use Emmett Till as an example, because it diminishes what happened to that poor, innocent boy. There is no doubt whatsoever of Emmett's innocence or of the guilt of his murderers. In today's situation over Michael Brown, there is legitimate question.

All would do well to stop throwing gasoline on the fire, calm down, and let the justice system work as intended. And all of us need to pray for peace and healing. There are two grieving, hurting families here. And interested individuals/activist groups need to quit exploiting them for their own cynical gain.

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