The Tragedy of Race in America

A Boy’s View of Injustice in the United States

On August 9th, 2014 at about 12:00 p.m. in Ferguson Missouri, Michael Brown was fatally shot by police officer Darren Wilson. Michael Brown was an 18 year-old African-American boy who graduated Normandy High School 8 days before his death. Mike Brown was just 6 years older than I am.

Darren Wilson was a 28 year-old white police officer. The death was a tradgedy for Mike Brown’s family and the community as a whole. Within days of the shooting, social unrest began in Ferguson, with some rioting and even the destruction of property. Community outrage was in response to Mike Brown’s death. Protesters said that Wilson racially profiled Mike Brown.

Soon after the killing, federal and state investigations began. After three months the Grand Jury came to their decision.

The grand jury decided that there was not sufficient evidence to indict officer Darren Wilson on murder, or manslaughter. Prosecutor Robert McCulloch delivered this news in a press conference at 8:00 p.m. Right away people gathered and again there were riots. As of November 29th the demonstrators are hoping to march to the state capital.

These kinds of killings of unarmed black men have been repeated over and over throughout American history. From Emmett Till, to Trayvon Martin, to Michael Brown there is no justice for black people and many more. As a society we MUST come to a point when racial stereotyping is a thing of the past. We fix this by electing good politicians, and changing laws. Right now the self defense laws in many states are much too broad. The problem with having broad self defense laws is that they can help create an exuse for a killing. By electing good politicians that WE want in office, laws will change. Darren Wilson should have been indicted and instead is getting away with murder.

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