I cringed while watching looters on national television smash store windows, stuff pillow cases with stolen goods, and run unrepentant into the Missouri night.

For the second straight evening, police in riot gear barricaded streets and fired rubber bullets and tear gas into an angry crowd of protestors to break up the chaos that has consumed Ferguson, a mostly Black town of 21,000 near St. Louis with one less black citizen after Michael Brown, 18, was gunned down by a police officer last weekend.

Witnesses say Brown was surrendering with his hands up when he was shot, Police say there was a struggle over the officer’s gun and it led to Brown being shot some distance away from the police car where the struggle began.

Tensions are still running high in Ferguson. Police arrested 15 people in the overnight hours Tuesday, following the arrests of 32 people on Sunday. But watching residents loot stores for shoes and hair weaves, throw rocks and bottles and shoot at police helicopters, is a lot to take. It’s irresponsible, unacceptable, and undermines the cause.

How does stealing hair weaves advance the cause for social justice? There will always be those misguided souls who will exploit a legitimate movement as a rationale to misbehave. Simply put, looters are mangling the message.

President Barack Obama must have cringed, too, as he pleaded for calm Tuesday.

“The death of Michael Brown is heartbreaking, and Michelle and I send our deepest condolences to his family and his community at this very difficult time,” Obama said in a statement.

“I know the events of the past few days have prompted strong passions, but as details unfold, I urge everyone in Ferguson, Missouri, and across the country, to remember this young man through reflection and understanding.  We should comfort each other and talk with one another in a way that heals, not in a way that wounds.  Along with our prayers, that’s what Michael and his family, and our broader American community, deserve.”

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10 thoughts on “COMMENTARY: Looters Undermine Justice For Mike Brown

  1. October on said:

    Amazing, that type of comment coming from a Jew. I wonder what you would say if he had been a Jew and the AA community felt and blogged that type of sentiment? Racist pig

  2. What happend to this young man is horrible. I have only one other comment, I have never in my 50+ years heard of a black police officer killing a white teenager in cold blood, never.

  3. While it is completely understandable that the African-American community in Ferguson is UPSET regarding the MURDER of Michael Brown, looting, stealing, etc., are not acceptable!!!!!

    This is the same mentality that we projected back in the 1960’s when things became ugly!!!

    This young man deserves JUSTICE in the court of law, and we cannot take to the streets with our anger!!!!!

    If this unrest continues, there will certainly be more deaths because the cops will start shooting folks down in the streets like animals!–DON’T GIVE THE RACIST COPS THAT SATISFACTION!!!!

  4. Its time to stop treating black folks like criminals all the time.to many cops are killing blacks for no reason.its different if someone charges an officer, or points something at an officer.and we shouldn’t be looting, but enough is enough.white folks cause there in position of power always look to cover up the real truth when it comes to blacks, this slave practice has to stop.very few white cops they go into white communites and kill white teens, why is it happening to blacks, they don’t care about black kids.it has to stop.

  5. Reblogged this on 247NewsFinance and commented:
    We are going to blog on the the dualit of manin its own frustration harms itself . Looting shows the worst part of man regardless of race.
    Looting will only weaken your position. #BlackAmericanWeb beat us to it. Going to the core of the challenge. These actions benefit the police.
    “How does stealing hair weaves advance the cause for social justice? There will always be those misguided souls who will exploit a legitimate movement as a rationale to misbehave. Simply put, looters are mangling the message.”

  6. Timekeeper on said:

    Whenever issues of race are being discussed on this website, it can, at times bring about the worst in some people. Certain individuals troll this site for the express purpose of saying the meanest and most vile things they can think up. Under the disguise of anonymity they feel emboldened to say the worst that they would never, ever say as a real person. Some of these trolls are paid by right wing groups who like to distort minority issues. Others, are simply hateful racists who have nothing better to do than to come on a minority website and stir up dissention. Whether it is Travyon, the woman punched by the highway patrolman, or in this case the young man in St. Louis there is always someone who cant wait to get on here and say something ugly.
    I know your kneejerk reaction is to respond. I would say to you though, they aren’t worth it. Jesus once said “It isn’t what goes into a man that defiles him, it is what comes out” If this is what is in their spirit, God will deal with them directly. All you have to do is move out of the way, because “His justice cometh and right soon”
    Stay positive and pray for this family to heal, and that perhaps law enforcement will finally see the error of their ways. I know that’s asking a lot, I hear you! But if just a few peple change their wicked ways, this young mans life wont have been in vain.

    • Wow Timekeeper, your wisdom is simply profound. So many vicious bigots log on to this website just to incite more hatred. I’ve often responded with anger, but recently have thought to myself “why even give them the time” You’re right, they are so not worth it, they’re cancerous and will only cause others to spread their evil. Thanks for your post, it was refreshing!!

  7. Harvey Weinstein on said:

    Regarding Michael Brown, what’s the big deal? We’ve got another Trayvon Martin thug pushing up daisies rather than using up scare community resources moving him in an out of the criminal justice system. Seems like a good trade for society.

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