A friend of my mother-in-law has posted some very hurtful messages on Facebook since the election, basically stating that she did not know white people in this country hated black people so much and that white people have obviously just been tolerating them. This friend of my mother-in-law is black, and my mother-in-law is white. When my mother-in-law tried to reach out and reassure that this is not the case, especially for her, this friend basically rejected her efforts, claiming that my mother-in-law voted for a man who ran on a divisive platform of hate and bigotry. So basically, all communication is off.
Now, I do have some things say about that platform of hate and bigotry, but for now I would like to focus on this entire notion of divisiveness that much of the public attributes to Donald Trump. To do that, let me take you back to before Donald Trump was in the running for president, to what I see as one of the most pivotal events in shaping this racial divide – the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.
For those who do not recall this incident clearly, please allow me to cover the details as I know them and have researched them. But please, don’t just take my word; check for yourselves.
On August 9, 2014, Michael Brown, a black eighteen year old, was caught on surveillance camera strong arm robbing a convenience store (“strong arm” means taking by force without a weapon) with some of his friends. The video shows Michael Brown reaching across the counter and grabbing something (which turned out to be cigarillos) and passing them to a friend. As they turn to leave, the clerk comes out to try to stop him. Brown grabs the clerk by the throat and shoves him backward, then exits the store.
Shortly after, Officer Darren Wilson encountered Brown and his friends walking down the middle of the street. Some reports reveal that Wilson was reacting to a police description of Brown, while others state that he just confronted Brown because he was walking in the middle of the street, telling him to stay on the sidewalk.
Regardless, the outcome of the situation is that Brown was shot six times and killed by Wilson. Immediately after, there were conflicting stories. Many of the witnesses claimed that Wilson harassed Brown because he was not walking on the sidewalk and then shot him six times while Brown had his hands in the air. Other witnesses backed up what Wilson gave as his statement. Those witnesses said that Brown tried to grab Wilson’s gun by reaching through the police car window, struggling with Wilson, during which time the officer fired twice. Then when Wilson got out of the car to pursue Brown, the eighteen year old did not comply with Wilson’s instructions but instead came at Wilson, which the officer saw as threatening, especially since Brown was a large teen. Wilson shot Brown, fearing for his safety.
Like a bomb, the mainstream media and social media exploded with cries of racism by a white police officer killing an unarmed black teenager. Protesting and rioting ensued; violence, vandalism, and looting occurred.
To show their support of Michael Brown and to denounce the racist actions of the Ferguson Police Department, such celebrities as Spike Lee, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Snoop Dogg, Nick Cannon, and Jesse Jackson attended Brown’s funeral. The community mourned the loss of the teen, describing him as “a gentle soul”.
In the meantime, an investigation into the shooting was launched, but before the investigation was complete, a little over a month after Brown’s death, President Obama addressed the public, making the following statements:
“In too many communities around the country, a gulf of mistrust exists between local residents and law enforcement. Too many young men of color feel targeted by law enforcement — guilty of walking while black or driving while black, judged by stereotypes that fuel fear and resentment and hopelessness.”
“I won’t comment on the investigation.”
“We have to close the justice gap — how justice is applied, but also how it is perceived, how it is experienced. That’s what we saw in Ferguson this summer when Michael Brown was killed and the community was divided.”
“That has a corrosive effect.”
“The worst part of it is, it scars the hearts of our children. It scars the hearts of white children who grow unnecessarily fearful of somebody who doesn’t look like them. It stains the heart of black children who feel as if no matter what he does, he’ll always be under suspicion. That is not the society we want, it is not the society our children deserve.”
“Cynicism is a choice, but hope is a better choice.”
“Get those souls to the polls. If we do, I guarantee we’ve got a brighter future ahead.”
In an attempt to assuage the rage in the community and because of credible threats to him and his fellow officers, Darren Wilson resigned from his job as authorities awaited the results of the investigation. However, when the investigation was complete, the forensic evidence (not an eyewitness account) proved that Officer Wilson’s statement was accurate. Michael Brown had tried to grab his gun through the window and was in the process of coming at Wilson when he fired. Because this proved true, Wilson was not charged with a crime, as he was acting in self-defense.
So, due to this, President Obama did what he should have done, right? He addressed the public again, apologizing for insinuating that Officer Wilson had shot Michael Brown simply because he was black, right? He stated that not only had Michael Brown, who turned out to be not such a “gentle soul”, strong arm robbed a convenience store and assaulted the clerk, but he also resisted arrest and attacked Officer Wilson and tried to grab his gun, right? He clarified to the outraged community that Michael Brown did not have his hands in the air but was actually going after Officer Wilson, which is why Wilson shot and killed Brown, right?
One would think that, being the most powerful man in the free world and the most influential leader in the black community, President Obama would have done just that, right?
Not even close.
Instead, his statement to an angry community that wanted at least a conviction of Wilson was as follows:
“We may never know exactly what happened.”
“You can’t just charge him anyway because what happened was tragic.”
“I have complete confidence and stand by the decision that was made by the Justice Department on that issue.”
President Obama finished by stating that the event in Ferguson showed “what is clearly a broken and racially biased system.”
Uhh . . . wait a minute. What? We may never know exactly what happened? Well, Mr. President, the scientific evidence, which is neither racist nor biased, did prove exactly what happened. Although he said he stands by the decision made by the Justice Department, he left the community and our nation with an empty feeling of injustice. He left them with not only the feeling of rage but also with the belief that the police in this country are racist. He left them with the roots of a movement that would lead to police officers being gunned down in cold blood, to police officers sabotaged with phony emergency calls only to be shot while trying to protect the community.
He left this country with much more divisiveness than there was before, so that any incident that followed would cause even more fury and outrage, once again, before any investigations could be conducted to find the whole truth.
Now, I’m not saying racism doesn’t exist in this country. Sure it does. Of course it does. However, I honestly cannot think of a single person I know that I would consider a racist or a bigot. But this perception of extreme racism has been perpetuated by such an unlikely source – our own president – and it has been magnified exponentially by the mainstream media, which has worked so hard to show us what our opinions are.
Isn’t it ironic that our nation’s first black president is ending his term with the country in a state of racial crisis, unlike any since the civil rights movement? I’m sure some will read this and say that I’m racist just for stating this, or that I’m making an absurd claim that President Obama is racist. However, neither is true. I’m certain he’s not racist. I just know he had an ulterior motive with all of this, and you can see it in the last line of his first statement after Michael Brown’s death: “Get those souls to the polls. If we do, I guarantee we’ve got a brighter future ahead.”
Ladies and gentlemen, he did it for the votes. Just like Alan Schulkin (Democratic Commissioner of the Board of Elections, New York) revealed in the undercover Project Veritas video that the Democratic party bussed minorities around to different places so they could commit voter fraud and have them vote more than once – using them for the votes, so too did President Obama exploit those who were devastated by the incident of Michael Brown in an attempt to get more Democrats elected.
When I was a kid, I loved to squirt a ton of lighter fluid on a dwindling fire, just to watch it burst into a huge ball of flames. Okay, I still love to do that. The instant eruption and wave of heat are intense.
But now the president-elect is the one standing before the flames of a national fire, and it’s President Obama with the empty lighter fluid bottle behind his back.