The black community in Ferguson, Missouri is in an uproar after the shooting death of unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, at the hands of a St. Louis cop. Well before a proper investigation yields the facts of exactly what happened to cause Brown’s death, his case is being tried in the court of public opinion, where it has been nothing more than a civil rights ploy.
Don Lemon, a CNN anchor, is one of the boneheads feeding into the media bias surrounding Brown’s death. As a guest on Brooke Baldwin’s show, he sympathized with those who are rioting and looting to protest the death of Mike Brown. Even though it’s 2014 and injustices such as slavery and segregation are a thing of the past, Lemon still believes blacks are treated unfairly:
“They are treated differently whether it be law enforcement, whether it be at work, whether it be at a grocery store, whether it be on the street. They are treated differently, and… they get a different level of respect.”
When former NYPD detective Gil Alba remarked that there should never be riots because it destroys the relationship between the residents of an area and the local law enforcement, Lemon took the side of the law-breaking protesters:
“When people are frustrated, they react the way they are going to react. I don’t agree with them, but I do understand it.”
Instead of making Michael Brown’s tragic death another Trayvon Martin fiasco, the black community should be collectively looking at what contributes to the perception that black youths are violent criminals. If they are going to argue that Brown was shot because the officer perceived him to be dangerous based on the fact that he is black, then the black community should spend a little time delving into what created that stereotype in the first place. Stereotypes exist for a reason, they didn’t just sprout up out of nowhere.
Unfortunately, the family unit within the black community is broken to a large degree. Blacks youths are growing up in single parent homes because it has become “cool” for a black man to get a woman pregnant and then leave her high and dry to raise the baby on her own. If the father doesn’t leave of his own accord, he is often times sent to prison for street crimes. Anyone who brings these issues into the limelight is quickly branded a racist, which is why you don’t often hear about them, but it does not discount the fact that they need to be addressed.
The high school drop out rate is highest among black youths. Brown’s own mother even drew attention to the fact that is was rare for a young black man to graduate from high school and go onto college, as her son Michael was about to do.
All of these things and others contribute to the stereotype by law enforcement and the community as a whole that black men are dangerous. Those are the issues that the people protesting Michael Brown’s death should be addressing; not police brutality, because that happens regardless of an individuals skin color.