The title of my blog post today is in quotes because these words were spoken a million times today as “unarmed teenager” Michael Brown was laid to rest, after being “gunned down” by a white policeman. The date of his death was August 9th. Michael Brown could not be laid to rest before now because three (or maybe four) autopsies had to be performed, and the rioting caused by his death had to be allowed to continue unabated.
The funeral of Michael Brown took place today in the “Friendly Temple” Baptist church in Ferguson, MO as 4,500 people attended, including many famous people, such as Snoop Dog and Spike Lee. President Obama skipped this important event, but sent THREE White House aids to represent him.
The eulogy was given by Al Sharpton, who wore a white suit. Many people in the church were wearing red, including the mother of Michael Brown. A man sitting beside her, chewing gum, was wearing a red shirt. 485 members of Michael Brown’s family were at the funeral.
I saw one photo taken at the funeral, which showed a man wearing a T-Shirt that said “No Justice, no Peace.”
All of this could have been avoided if Michael Brown had been trained, as a child, in how to avoid being gunned down by a white policeman. The first thing that he should have been taught, by his parents, is that after you rob a store, you should not attract the attention of a police officer by walking down the double yellow line in the middle of a major street. If a police officer orders you to get out of the middle of the street, you should not approach his police car and try to take his gun.
Of course, this advice applies to all criminals, regardless of age or color. In fact, the best advice that I can give to potential criminals is to pay for small items in a store. Then the police won’t be called and you won’t be gunned down by a white policeman.