The official autopsy on Michael Brown, the subject of the shooting incident with police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, MO, is pretty well guaranteed not to make those who have been accusing Officer Wilson of murder very happy.
The report shows that Brown was shot in the hand at very close range, supporting Wilson’s claim that Brown physically attacked him and try to wrestle his gun from him. A supplemental microscopic exam showed foreign matter “consistent with products that are discharged from the barrel of a firearm,” in a wound on Brown’s thumb. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch quoted Dr. Michael Graham, the St. Louis medical examiner as saying that this “does support that there was a significant altercation at the car.” This conclusion is also being confirmed by Dr. Judy Melinek, a forensic pathologist in San Francisco. She said that the autopsy “supports the fact that this guy is reaching for the gun, if he has gunpowder particulate material in the wound.” She said, “If he has his hand near the gun when it goes off, he’s going for the officer’s gun.” It’s been reported as well that Brown’s blood was also found on Wilson’s gun, further backing up the claims of a close quarter struggle and that Brown’s tissue was found of the outside of the driver’s side of the police vehicle, as well as his blood inside the vehicle.
Melinek also says that the autopsy doesn’t support claims that Brown was shot while running away from Wilson. She says that Brown was facing Wilson every time he was shot and that, when he was shot in the forehead, he was either falling forward or lunging forward. The report also shows that Brown’s hands were not raised over his head in a surrender position, contrary to claims from witnesses.
So what does this mean beyond the not so shocking thought that witnesses sometimes get it wrong or even outright lie? How about this: Maybe we should wait until at least some of the evidence is in before we start jumping to conclusions. I’m talking about both extremes in this case. There were those walking the streets, protesting and some even engaging the police who were pushing the narrative that Wilson was a murdering monster and Brown was simply a faultless, innocent victim whose only crime was the color of his skin, despite the evidence of his prior violent and thug-like behavior. On the other side were those who vehemently defended Wilson and the shooting as righteous despite having no evidence available yet one way or the other and as if there has never been cases of cops crossing those kinds of lines before. The fact is that, until the evidence started coming in, the claims of either side amounted to nothing more than throwing a pair of proverbial dice with no idea of what numbers were going to come up. It was irresponsible, a waste of time and, quite frankly, it only benefitted those who profit from racial division in America.
Some of those who engaged in this race baiting included, of course, Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson. They both regularly cash in on instigating and encouraging racial division and, in this case, Sharpton has been especially prolific in Ferguson with his multiple trips to the city (another one planned for October 31) and his two-faced demands for justice and fairness in the case while, at the same time, denouncing and ridiculing Officer Wilson’s accounting of events with no other reasoning than, apparently, the Rev. Sharpton just knows better than anyone what happened there. Missouri governor, Jay Nixon, released a statement calling for the vigorous prosecution of Officer Wilson before any investigation was even started. Even Barack Obama had to chime in, speaking before the United Nations saying, “In a summer marked by instability in the Middle East and Eastern Europe, I know the world also took notice of the small American city of Ferguson, Missouri – where a young man was killed, and a community was divided. So yes, we have our own racial and ethnic tensions.” Where no evidence has shown any kind if racial element here, our president had no trouble pulling the trusty race card out of his deck once again. At least we haven’t had to be exposed to Obama waxing poetic about how Michael Brown could’ve been his son. Maybe he was too spooked at the thought of trying to ground that particular ‘son’ just to end up shoved into a magazine rack himself…just a thought.
One of the worst parts of these kinds of situations is the fact that it illustrates how easily the majority of us can be manipulated and influenced by such a small number of political and social opportunists. I’m not talking about every single one of us when I say ‘we’, rather I’m referring to us in a more general reference. The truth is that most, if not all of us, have or will fall into this trap at some point. The important thing is not to make a habit of it. With that said, we buy into this narrative that’s been shoved down our throats for decades that America is an evil, racist place and there are bigots in power everywhere (with the exception, of course, of those in power who are telling you this…they’re different) just waiting to pounce and victimize other people; the darker their skin, the better. So many of us give in to that and start building up this huge resentment to “The Man”, even if we’ve never experienced or witnessed that bigotry ourselves. But don’t worry about that inconsistency. Liberals have that covered by creating this idea that, if we don’t get everything we think we should, then that’s discrimination. They’ve even found a target to blame all that bigotry on: Republicans. (Never mind that the source of all the organized and much of the unorganized racism and master/slave mentality comes from the party on the other side of the aisle, both in the past and today.) Then, there are those of us who jump every time someone brings up racism or vilifies a white person or even a “white Hispanic”…whatever that means…and we come to that person’s defense 100 percent, whether we have any reason to believe they’re innocent or not. Then, of course, when the first group of “us” sees this second group of “us” acting like that, then the first group of “us” feels more justified in the original principle that America is an evil, racist place. Is that last sentence a little confusing?
Feel free to take a minute and re-read it again. I use “us” in both cases because that’s what we should be…one people…Americans, but that’s not how it’s been for a long time now. The real “them” in America is those who manipulate and lie and create false narratives designed to vilify some of us in the eyes of others of us. Are you a black man who feels victimized? Whose fault is it? White Republicans. Are you a veteran who feels pushed around and ignored? Whose fault is it? White, rich Republicans. Are you a woman who feels abused and devalued? Whose fault is it? White, rich Republican men. Our communities and families are crumbling both socially and economically. Whose fault is it? Old, white, rich Republican men.
If we want to know who’s really responsible for the negatives in our society, maybe we need to look at who’s doing the accusing and re-evaluate those they accuse. It’s an old and effective tactic to manipulate and control people through accusations. It’s been working ever since a certain serpent got what he wanted from Eve in the Garden of Eden by putting forth…an accusation. She was blinded by the accusation and didn’t bother to consider the accuser. Over the next several thousands of years, nothing’s really changed that much. So much of the time, no matter which side we stand on it, we still tend to focus on the accusations and not on the accusers. We need to learn to slow down, look beyond the superficial to see what’s really going on and what the real agenda is. We’ll have plenty of opportunities, too. I guarantee that these accusers aren’t about to admit they might have been wrong or try to re-evaluate their positions. They’re just going to double down and continue spreading the same poison as always.
Those of us who are feeling vindicated today because the evidence is pointing toward our assertions that Darren Wilson did nothing wrong, remember that: 1) All the evidence is still not in, so we really don’t know if he was blameless or not. 2) It could have just as easily gone the other way. We had no more assurance that we were right than those who claimed Brown’s innocence and victimization. As for those who pushed and continue to push the race baiting and the narrative of cops vs. minorities? They’re going to come out ahead, no matter how this case actually plays out. After all, people like Al Sharpton don’t really care about the specifics of a death in a community. They only care about how they can turn it to their personal advantage; how they can translate their involvement into ratings, money and power. Black, white, brown or any other shades in that spectrum? They don’t really care about any of that. The only color they really care about is green and they’ll step on any of us, no matter what our ethnicity, to get what they want. We really need to wake up and see through the con; start seeing the real enemies to our nation and our unity for who they are and quit aiding and abetting them in driving our Union further and further from the greatness we once all shared.