By MIKE VINSON
The headline on page 1B of the August 19, 2014 edition of USA Today read: “Seeking a path to peace in Ferguson.”
The headline was accompanied by the following subtitles with photos: “New Jersey Riots 1967”; “Los Angeles, May 1, 1992”; “Ferguson, MO, Monday.”
The one subtitled “Ferguson, MO., Monday” (August 18, 2014) featured a photo of a young black man, hands behind him, being escorted by a white police officer. The black man wore a T-shirt with the inscription: “REVOLUTION—NOTHING LESS!”
To ensure all are on point, I’ll give a brief overview of the ongoing racial turmoil in Ferguson, Missouri:
The shooting death of Michael Brown, an 18-year-old, black male, took place August 9, 2014, in Ferguson, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri. Brown died after being shot a reported six times by Darren Wilson, 28, a white Ferguson police officer. According to mainstream news reports, Brown was a suspect in a strong-arm robbery of cigars from a store allegedly committed minutes before the shooting, though the initial contact between Wilson and Brown was unrelated to the alleged robbery. Wilson has served four years with the Ferguson Police Department, after serving two years with another local police department. He had no disciplinary history.
According to The Washington Post, “the shooting of a black male by a white police officer sparked the ongoing unrest in Ferguson, due to longstanding racial tensions in a region that is ‘among the most segregated metropolitan areas in the nation.’ Peaceful protests, vandalism, and other forms of social unrest have continued for more than a week, with night curfew being imposed and escalated violence. Widespread media coverage examined the trend of local police departments arming themselves with ‘military-grade weapons’ and responding in a military fashion when dealing with protesting civilians and journalists covering volatile current events.”
August 16, following looting and violence, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon declared a “state of emergency.” After curfews failed to control the violence, Nixon lifted the curfews and “activated the Missouri National Guard to support police operations.”
Even U.S. President Barrack Obama and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder are involved.
At the core of the “racial mess” in Ferguson is this question: Did Michael Brown instigate the shooting by aggressing policeman Darren Wilson, putting Wilson in fear of his life?
Or did Wilson snap—“go off”—and needlessly pump six rounds into Brown? While there has been an overabundance of outcry over Brown’s death, Wilson is gaining mass support with each tick of the clock. Where you have liberal black activists such as Reverend Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson attacking the Ferguson Police Department, you have FOX news anchor Bill O’Reilly, white, accusing Reverend Al and Jesse of being “race baitors” and “agitators.”
For the past 17 years, I have heavily researched the assassination of Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., a black clergyman from Atlanta, Georgia. Arguably the greatest voice ever for the Civil Rights Movement, King was killed by a single sniper’s bullet in Memphis, Tennessee, April 4, 1968. King’s assassination sparked a riot that threatened to morph into a full-scale civil war.
April 18, 1968, the Federal Bureau of Investigation announced it was looking for James Earl Ray, a white, 39-year-old, career criminal, in connection with King’s murder.
James Earl Ray was arrested June 8, 1968, at London’s Heathrow Airport. March 10, 1969, in a Memphis courtroom—having been jailed for approximately 9 months under highly questionable conditions—Ray entered a “guilty plea” in the King assassination and received a 99-year sentence. Ray died from liver failure April 23, 1998, going to his grave proclaiming he did not shoot Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.
I bring up my research into the Martin Luther King assassination for one reason, and one reason only: I can state with absolute certainty that one can’t believe everything the mainstream media reports.
Before joining a REVOLUTION, take the time to access and objectively assess all the facts available. You just might experience a “revelation” that will alter your stance.
Hopefully, justice will be served in the shooting death of Michael Brown.