In Reply to Matt Walsh’s Blog Post on Ferguson

While this is a reply, some of this needs to be said anyway. I made this blog for the explicit purpose that his blog makes it incredibly hard to comment or contact with hyperlinked citations! Weird! You can find his blog post here. This link open in a new window but as I wrote my post in Word, not all links will. Please right click and select “open in new tab” if you wish to view links without constantly navigating back and forth.

“Some eye witnesses claim that Mike Brown, the man killed in the altercation, had his hands up and was surrendering when the officer callously gunned him down.

These eye witnesses could be painting an accurate portrait of the incident, or they could be mistaken, or they could be lying. Or, as is almost always the case, there is a bit of all of these factors at work.”

There were, if I remember correctly, three who gave this account. Three individuals, strangers to one another, gave this account. So those three people all got together and concocted a closely matching eyewitness testimony to pin it on the cop. Sure. Okay.

I don’t know. I’d prefer to let the dust settle and all of the facts come to light before I make any proclamations about the exact nature of the event. This is a radical and unprecedented approach, I realize, but I’ve always been a trailblazer. I like to call my strategy “don’t be a reckless, ignorant, hysterical instigator who immediately diagnoses a situation based on whatever overarching political narrative you subscribe to, and then reaffirms those assumptions by quickly ingesting an assortment of Tweets and half-cocked headlines from notoriously ideological news outlets,” or the DBRIHIWIDSBWOPNYSTRTAQIATHCHFNINO method, for short.

Tweets from individuals who live within the community of Ferguson and experience what they are tweeting first hand are more valid over whatever opinion you have to give.

That said, a just and civilized society needs laws, and laws need to be enforced, and police officers are entrusted with that noble and necessary task. If a thorough investigation reveals this particular officer to be guilty of murder, by all means arrest and prosecute him. But whether he is or isn’t, only a ridiculous fool would use this incident, or an incident like it, to disparage all police officers everywhere.

The entire police force within that area has acted unlawfully in many ways. To name a few: turning away press (violation of the First Amendment), harming peaceful protesters (violation of the First Amendment), as well as removing their name badges. (That link is one of only many photos of them without their name badges.) They also did not act when people were looting- members of the community guarded areas that had been broken into or were under threat of being broken into and looted as the cops watched and did nothing.

“A Black man in America is killed every 28 hours by police or vigilantes. THAT, not rioting, is domestic terrorism…”

His numbers might be accurate, but what sort of lunatic or liar would interpret them this way? Every time a black man is killed by a cop he is the victim of terrorism? So cops either shouldn’t try to stop black men from committing crimes, or they should, but if they meet lethal resistance they should run away or surrender and die?”

Not at all. If you did your research at all to find out where his figures might have come from, you’d know they came from a research survey done by the MXGM. As it’s linked here, I won’t go into details, as you can obviously read.

“Meanwhile, let any one of these cop hating cowards find themselves in a precarious spot, and watch how quickly they dial 911.”

Yes, haha, so funny, that we must fear those who swear to protect us and must call upon them wondering if they will truly protect us or harm us. Don’t you think people think about that? What about the police officer who was recently arrested for raping and sexually assaulting several women while he was on duty? A police officer who used his power to pull women over and forced them to do sexual acts. As a woman, that scares me and makes me not trust cops. Would you fault me? Why would you fault black individuals for being scared when time and time again police demonstrate acts of brutality against them? Stop and frisk laws are skewed heavily by racial prejudice. Statistics are indeed high of people of color in prisons- but the statistics for their crimes are usually high in petty crime and drug related crime. There is a pattern, one that you are blind to.

Criticize bad cops all you want, but police do important work under immense stress and pressure. Why is it that we are supposed to “understand” and empathize with looters and rioters, but we can’t give even the slightest bit of slack to men and women who put themselves in harm’s way to keep peace and order in our society?

A cop runs a red light because he’s stressed about his long day dealing with an emotionally trying case. Okay, cool, I understand; we’re human and we make mistakes. A cop has a particularly frank tone with someone they are delivering bad news to and acts generally standoffish and rude. Okay, cool, I understand; we’re human and we make mistakes. But homicide? Homicide is not justified by the stress of a job. Did you know some of the individuals who looted were looting for milk for tear gas victims? Yeah, I’m sorry, I’m going to sympathize with them over cops. (Not sorry!)

“It’s childish and absurd to hate all police. Yes, cops might have a contentious rapport with people in the inner city, but that’s because they are law enforcers, and inner cities have more than their fair share of law breakers. Why do we pin this strained relationship squarely on the police and never spread the blame to people who choose to commit crimes?”

What you are saying here is that you disapprove of hating all cops, but yeesh, give the guys a break, let the cops be suspicious of all those living in the inner city. Do you not see the hypocrisy in that?

Only one thing causes looting: the greed and selfishness of the people doing the looting.

If you cared to do any research at all, you’d know a few things. First, as I previously mentioned, a McDonalds that was looted was looted for milk for tear gas victims. Secondly, as I also previously mentioned, the community, when a beauty shop was broken into, guarded the shop. There is picture and testimonial evidence of this! When the McDonalds was broken into, community members also protected that. Sure, stealing is bad, but I’m going to sympathize with someone stealing a dollar container of milk from a multi-billion dollar company. It’s not hard to find it within myself to feel sympathy!

Stealing from innocent citizens and setting fires to cars and gas stations — these are not political statements. These are acts of savagery.

Do you want to know what an act of savagery is? (Also, you’re othering- if you don’t know what that is, look up alterity!) Savagery is police tear gassing and firing rubber bullets at communities peacefully protesting. Savagery is getting out riot gear for a peaceful crowd. Savagery is calling in the National Guard on a small town rightfully upset at the murder of their own. Savagery is leaving the body of a teen in the middle of the street for hours and then stuffing his body in the back of an SUV. Sure, those things you described above are bad. But the police have done some incredibly “savage” things as well.

“Some people have actually tried to compare the Ferguson riots to the Boston Tea Party.

Hmmm. Let’s see. On one hand, we have the Sons of Liberty dumping tea into the Boston Harbor as a specific protest against the Tea Act, while on the other you have a violent mob grabbing handfuls of cheap wine and cigarettes from the local QuickTrip as a protest against something that was not at all related to anything they’re doing.”

Hmmm. Let’s see. On one hand, we have the Sons of Liberty dumping tea into the Boston Harbor as a specific protest against the Tea Act, while on the other hand we have a community protesting the horrific murder of a young, black member of their community. Then we have you, on the internet, focusing instead on the looters as a marker of the community, instead of the amazing people who have done incredible things within their community and for their community in the wake of this murder. I have seen teenagers volunteering as teachers, I saw pictures of a woman who walked miles with water and milk for protesters, and I saw pictures of Tibetan monks who travelled an incredible distance to support the community of Ferguson. But no, let’s go with your approach, narrowing this entire group of people down to the looters.

“But we wouldn’t need to do that if the Mike Brown and Trayvon Martin kinds of incidents weren’t immediately seized upon to prove a universal narrative of black victimhood.”

You’re right. Do you want to know why you’re right? Because we don’t have to seize upon those incidents “to prove a universal narrative of black victimhood.” That can be found in the Eurocentric beauty standards pressured upon young Black women. That can be found in the U.S. Military putting strict rules upon Black women’s hair- leaving them with only choices that severely harm their hair an require upkeep. Upkeep! A military hair style shouldn’t require that, you’d think, but the U.S. Military bands natural hair styles that require minimal to no upkeep. Incredible right? And black victimhood is in laws skewed against them, like stop and frisk. Black victimhood is in black women, especially black queer and transgender women, having a murder and assault rate much higher than the rest of us. And yes, black victimhood is in the murder of young black individuals that are vilified by the media, whose deaths are shoved under the rug by the police force. Those incidents are seized upon because they are the easy ones, the ones that need to be seen clearly for what they are: murder, straight and clear cut prejudicial murder.

“You want to simply discuss Mike Brown? Fine. Wait until the facts are in and the smoke has cleared (literally) and we can talk about Mike Brown.”

This is being discussed now because there are facts coming in right now! There are eyewitness testimonies, camera evidence, Tweets, blogs, videos, photographs, etc. etc. from community members, the list goes on. What you want to wait on are the fact that the media will give you, and those are not always the true facts.

“-with the sad reality that 70 percent of black kids are born to unwed mothers.

Over 60 percent of black children grow up in homes without fathers.”

I was born to an unwed mother. (Just because you’re born to an unwed mother doesn’t mean you don’t have a father in the picture by the way!) I grew up on a home without a father. What does that have to do with anything? Who needs a father in their life definitively? Why do you use these facts at all…? They have no bearing or basis in any of your arguments. Okay, so black kids are often born into single mother homes. SO??? That doesn’t necessarily lead to anything bad, and you’ve shown no correlation that it does.

“Black babies are murdered in the womb at such a pace that now, in cities like New York, a black child has a better chance at being aborted than born.”

Think about this. When the black race is consistently paid a lower wage, when they are consistently at the end of skewed laws, and when women’s reproductive rights are so thoroughly policed, it ends up like that. You have families who want birth control, but are denied it. You have families who want children, but can’t keep them because of where they are financially. And as it stands, children of color are statistically adopted at a far lower rate than white and white passing children. Those are the facts. So don’t judge women and families who don’t want to bring children into a world that will only ever look down upon them with prejudice, a world where murder is a real and legitimate fear, a world where even if they are given to the system they may stay there for their entire childhood and never truly know what a family is. I’m not even going to touch your wording and gross opinions on abortion, except by saying, hey, did you know tear gas is an abortifacient?

Everyone knows these statistics. They come as no surprise to anyone. Yet, still, we always hear about how the black community is being held down and oppressed, as if black men don’t willfully choose to abandon their children, and black parents haven’t decided themselves to exterminate an entire generation of their own.

Your prejudice is so thinly veiled it’s like tulle. Sure, there is a higher statistic of men leaving their families, and don’t you think that is a concern of the black community? It is, and I’ve seen it. And I’ve already explained to you about the abortion thing.

“And, even worse, pathetic white sycophants play along, too afraid to speak up and say, “hey, if black fathers simply stayed home and raised their own children, a lot of these issues would go away.”

Okay, so, because my father wasn’t at home to raise me… obviously I am going to devolve into some degenerate right? That’s the idea you seem to have. Your view is one of narrow patriarchy; a masculine presence in a child’s life is not the end-all be-all of whether the child will end up on a bad path in life. Do you ever stop and ask yourself if these fathers would be a good presence in their children’s lives? My father is a drug addict and alcoholic, he always was, and always will be. He was a wife beater. I am better off without him than I ever would have been with him in my life. Your view is narrow and wrong.

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