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White Privilege; White Justice

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The more things change; the more they remain the same.

In 2014 a white-skinned cop with a gun can kill an unarmed Black teenager and get away with it. A nearly white Grand Jury believed that the cop was justified. They game him a license to kill. And the cop said in testimony that the area was a gun-saturated neighborhood, that hated cops, gee I wonder why? In his mind this was akin to a killing field. So he and the Grand Jury believed that firing six shots at an unarmed teen was justice that the cop was right to shoot to kill.

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On that hot August day in Ferguson, Missouri, population approximately 14,000, the relations between an all-white police department and the Black community was at an all time low. Blacks, a social under-class in Missouri, were suspicious that there could be no justice in a place where the majority of the citizenry is black, African-American, and the city council, police department, and other engines of local power and control are almost 100% white.

The community's worst fears were realized when Ferguson's County Prosecutor, Bob McCulloch, oddly enough released the Grand Jury's decision 9:00 p.m. at night and even odder still delivered a 20-minute rambling de facto defense of the no-indictment. As he stood there arrogantly outlining and canonizing into police sainthood Officer Darren Wilson, the trigger-happy cop who gunned down Michael Brown, and waxing eloquent about the work of his Grand Jury, one got the distinct feeling that he was killing the 18-year old teenager all over again.

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But things should never have gotten to this stage. It was a simple thing. Bring a case to the Grand Jury and do the job ALL prosecutors are charges to do -- defend and seek justice for the victim. All that had to be done was to present evidence that there is enough information to bring a case of homicide against the cop. And let a jury decide his guilt or innocence. Not make a Grand Jury try the case.

The involuntary urge to regurgitate might not have been the only reaction on my part as we had to look at and endure a smug County Prosecutor with a checkered reputation for looking the other way when his police kill ordinary citizens, berate eye witnesses, chastise the media, offered no new information and branched out into a condescending lecture on the rule of law and how he wanted society to react to his latest travesty and miscarriage of justice.

And then President Barack Obama did a flash Press Conference telling America that "we're a nation of laws" and that the Ferguson decision was "the grand jury's to make." He appealed for calm acknowledging that the nation has a lot of work to do to heal the racial divide.

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As all Black liberal conservatives are wont to do, President Obama said that we should "recognize that the Ferguson situation speaks to broader challenges we face as a nation" and the deep destructive legacy of racial discrimination (the closest Mr. Obama could bring himself to saying "slavery").

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MICHAEL DERK ROBERTS Small Business Consultant, Editor, and Social Media & Communications Expert, New York Over the past 20 years I've been a top SMALL BUSINESS CONSULTANT and POLITICAL CAMPAIGN STRATEGIST in Brooklyn, New York, running (more...)

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