Fourteen weeks ago, I wrote a post about the reaction to the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.
It was based on my experiences shadowing cops while writing and producing the CBS TV series “Top Cops” and my belief that this was an example of the “Killer Cops targeting young Black Males” narrative on social media would ultimately be revealed as false.
I also suggested people wait to hear the whole story before reaching conclusions.
For having those opinions I was widely branded as out of touch and insensitive at best and a Racist at the other end of that scale.
No doubt, I’ll be getting more of the same after what follows. Once people have become invested in a position, it’s difficult to shift their perspective.
But for what it’s worth…
Here we are three and half months later. A Grand Jury has ruled that the officer in the case did not act inappropriately and a St.Louis County investigation has revealed that several witnesses knowingly falsified their statements or went along with the “Killer Cop” narrative for fear of reprisal.
But the narrative continues. And the haters, the race baiters and the media cheerleaders of doom continue to stoke the fire. They all say they’re doing it to create a teachable moment or encourage change.
But I wonder if they’re only listening and reacting to each other and not paying attention to the people who actually live, work and police in towns and neighborhoods like Ferguson.
It’s tough living in a tough part of town. It’s just as hard to be charged with providing law enforcement there. The vast majority in both of those communities just want to get through their day without encountering any more crap than they already have to deal with.
But few in the media and, it seems, fewer with an activist agenda have any time for what those two communities know from experience.
Because what they know doesn’t fit with the accepted narrative and suggests a more complicated path to peace and understanding.
Maybe it’s time those unheard voices got to say their piece.
Maybe it’s time more of us listened.
Enjoy Your Sunday.