Was Michael Brown murdered?

I’ve got, not just a quote, but a bunch of quotes from a public figures on the subject of immigration. Read them, and you might think this is some xenophobe. Think again.

Five years ago, white police officer Darren Wilson shot black teen Michael Brown. Wilson was cleared of all charges, but some Democratic presidential candidates remembered the anniversary of that shooting by smearing the cop. Wonderful.

Mentioned links:

Dalai Lama warns that the whole of Europe could become ‘Muslim or African’ if migrants are not returned to their home countries

Time to retire Ferguson narrative

LG smart refrigerator used for tweeting by teen whose mom banned electronics

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Show transcript

A very well-known public figure recently had this to say about immigration into Europe. “A limited number is OK. But the whole of Europe [will] eventually become Muslim country – impossible. Or African country, also impossible.” He also reiterated that “They themselves, I think [are] better in their own land. Better [to] keep Europe for Europeans.” Yup, it must be another segment of “Name That Quote”! Who do you think said this?

OK, so he wants to limit immigration into Europe, but what should be done with the immigrants already there. He has an answer for that. “’European countries should take these refugees and give them education and training, and the aim is – return to their own land with certain skills.” So send them back where they came from, but prepared to make their homelands better.

Now, you’ll recall that when President Trump told “The Squad” – those 4 freshman women in Congress – to go back to their homelands, first of all he didn’t get the memo that three of the 4 were born in America. But second, the intent, however buried, was that before complaining about here, go back and fix things there, and then return, when presumably they might appreciate how good we do have it here. Of course, the media didn’t cover all of that. They just focused on the “go back” phrase, and started crying “Wolf”…I mean “Racist” once again. Yes, a poorly worded and unaware tweet, but is what our mystery man saying that much different? Saying Europe is for Europeans is tantamount to wearing a “Make Europe Great Again” hat; heh, a MEGA hat.

OK, so who actually said this? Not Trump or anyone in his administration. No, not some right-wing personality. In fact, not anyone in this country. A supposed anti-immigrant politician from some European government? Nope. Instead, say “Hello, Dolly” to the Dalai Lama. Yes, that Dalai Lama. Well, what other one is there?

And this is something he’s been saying for months now. So my question is, would the Left in this country consider him racist? C’mon, “Europe for Europeans”? With rhetoric like that, you’d expect him to be guest hosting for Sean Hannity.

Five years ago, the country was embroiled in the controversy over the killing of a black teen, Michael Brown, by a white cop, Darren Wilson. The prevailing story was that the black teen had his hands up and the white cop still shot him to death. Everywhere, and even in Congress, people held their hands in the air and chanted, “Hands up, don’t shoot”, to protest this clear example of the abuse of power by a racist cop.

And then all the facts came in. And multiple investigations, including one by the Obama Department of Justice, concluded that the teen didn’t have his hands up, had tried to grab the cop’s gun, and was charging him at the time he was shot. But by then, of course, the damage to the town of Ferguson, Missouri had already been done, flames that were fanned by (among many others) politicians who were playing politics.

I bring this up because, while the “Hands up, don’t shoot” chant slowly retreated, a few Democratic presidential candidates decided to resurrect, if not the chant itself, at least the debunked narrative behind it. On the fifth anniversary of the incident, Kamala Harris tweeted, “Michael Brown’s murder forever changed Ferguson and America. His tragic death sparked a desperately needed conversation and a nationwide movement. We must fight for stronger accountability and racial equity in our justice system.” Elizabeth Warren chimed in, “5 years ago Michael Brown was murdered by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. Michael was unarmed yet he was shot 6 times. I stand with activists and organizers who continue the fight for justice for Michael. We must confront systemic racism and police violence head on.”

Did you catch one of the common denominators in those tweets? They both referred to Brown’s death as “murder”. That word has a pretty specific meaning, but no investigation ever concluded that it could be used to describe what happened. Might as well hold your hands up and start chanting. And this from the allegedly smart people in the room running for President.

Another denominator of commonality is the idea that this shooting is a good example of racism and police violence. I suppose that, after all the investigations got the facts out, that you could still suggest that Darren Wilson was racist, but you’d have to have something more than your supposition; something like, y’know, proof. Otherwise, calling it a case of racist police violence is, while not quite slander, at least maligning his character. I wonder if their supporters are OK with that.

The link in the show notes has the tweets by the other Democratic hopefuls regarding the anniversary. While they don’t go as far as to use the word “murder”, they still feel just fine with denigrating Wilson. In the last episode, I mentioned a survey where they showed that both Republicans and Democrats don’t quite understand how the other side thinks. On the Republican side, they asked them how many Democrats believe “most police are bad people”. Republicans thought half; it’s really 15%. Well, apparently much of that 15% is a good chunk of the Democrats looking to be the leader of their party. No wonder Republicans overestimate the number.

Meanwhile, a 15-year-old girl named Dorothy, whose mother took away her phone because she was spending so much time on Twitter, tweeted a Goodbye to her followers from her Nintendo DS. Well, since Twitter typically shows what device a tweet came from, mom confiscated that, too. The annoyed teen then thanked her supporters from their Wii U gaming system. That was taken away as well. Finally, in a desperate attempt to mom-shame, she managed to send out a tweet from…the family’s smart refrigerator. Gotta’ appreciate her ingenuity, but I do feel for the mom.

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