August 22, 2014

Ferguson letter from black clergy becomes interracial call for justice

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The Rev. Barbara Williams-Skinner collected signatures for a statement by leaders of African-American church groups about Ferguson, Mo. Photo by Patricia McDougall

The Rev. Barbara Williams-Skinner collected signatures for a statement by leaders of African-American church groups about Ferguson, Mo. Photo by Patricia McDougall

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(RNS) The statement calls on African-American churches to memorialize Michael Brown and to elect politicians who "represent the preservation of life in ethnic communities."

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  • Frank

    Hyperbole in the letter detracts from the situation.

  • Doc Anthony

    It would have been nice if those black clergy had said a few words of contrition and apology towards that Asian store clerk that Michael Brown Jr robbed and assaulted. You know, maybe a petition denouncing violence on ALL sides by ALL races, including black Americans. Let that clerk’s family know that they are not forgotten.

    But those black clergyperson were — and worse yet, still ARE — afraid to say such things out loud, yes? Afraid of what the black community, the liberal politicians, and the liberal media might say or do to them? Yes. That’s it.

    But we need to be honest about things, all the same: Michael Brown Jr. was NOT lynched. Not murdered.

    Michael Brown Jr. is not Emmitt Till. Michael Brown Jr. is not Martin Luther King Jr. Michael Brown Jr assaulted bullied, robbed, and severely injured some people on his way out of this life. AND his demise may even possibly be legally justifiable depending on all the evidence that a grand jury (the rule of law, remember?) will be called on to examine. We have to wait and see.

    We can show sympathy and empathy WITHOUT doing any more of this unjustifed and unconscionable rush-to-judgment canonizations of robber Brown and demonizations of policeman Warren.

  • Sundown

    You may not know this, “Doc” (ha!) Anthony, but in the U.S. theft is NOT a capital crime. If Michael Brown (and that’s a big IF) did steal, then there is a proper legal procedure to address it that DOESN’T include killing him.

  • Did he or did he not leave a police officer with a facial fracture, try to grab the man’s gun, or charge at him? You do those sorts of things, you get shot. Not rocket science.

  • These people adhere to a mishmash of inane sentiments and do not have the tools to do any community much good.

  • John

    I would think that Reverands would know that is likely wrong before God to rush to judgement before all the facts are in. They seem to be saying racism is a sin (and I agree racism is a form of evil) but they sound racist in assuming the young man was shot because he was black by an officer probably because he was white.

    How about we wait until all the facts are in and we find out if the officer did murder this young man or if the young man was threatening the officer with physical harm.

  • dee

    Well according to some friends of mine that live their presently, I was told there was no robbery. Mike paid for the cigars, but when he was leaving the store the store clerk wanted to see his drivers license to make sure he was twenty one, that was the reason he shove the store clerk. The store clerk did not call the police, it was some one else in the store that took those video. I sure this will come out in the court proceedings, also video of the officer that shot Mike showed no injury. It appear he was hit by someone else and sent to the hospital, to cover his mess. No police report of this child death, while there was 15 page report of the suppose theft. There is clearly a cover up. This officer just murdered Mike, the lord said vengeance is mine, so I think that officer need to be pray for.

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  • Jenny

    He did not leave a police officer with a facial fracture. That orbital socket blowout was from years ago–as a cursory Google search will show you. There’s also no proof of grabbing a gun or charging the officer–but ample proof that he hand his hands up in the air and was turned away from/walking away from the officer when the shooting started. Facts are lovely.

  • Jenny

    There is no such thing as systemic reverse racism–and these clergy are referring to Mike Brown’s death as one in a long (and sadly, continuing) line of white-on-black murders. This *is* about race, it is about racism at work, and it is about how none of us can be liberated until we are all liberated together.

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  • And where is the Catholic Church on this letter? A priest let Gov McDonnell move in with him and accompanied him to his trial for corruption. http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/bob-mcdonnell-living-with-priest-who-pleaded-guilty-sex-crime

    Did one accompany the Brown family in their grief at losing their son in this senseless way? As a lay Catholic, I am pleased to hear from lay Catholics who are standing with Brown’s family and the people of Ferguson in calling for an end to this kind of brutality. I hope there are also Catholic priests who stand with them PUBLICLY. To those who did, a heartfelt mahalo.

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