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Bridget Johnson

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August 25, 2014 - 8:48 am

The congressman who represents Michael Brown’s district said at his funeral service this morning that lawmakers and activists should now focus as a whole on how law enforcement treats young black men.

Congressional attendees at the service, held at Friendly Temple M.B. Church in St. Louis, included Reps. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.), Steve Horsford (D-Nev.), Al Green (D-Texas), Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) and Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.).

Rep. Wm. Lacy Clay (D-Mo.) was bumped off the speaking schedule because the service ran over on time, but his office released the remarks he intended to deliver.

He vowed that the members would stand by the Brown family “regardless of how long and difficult the road to justice may be.”

Clay quoted the book of Isaiah: “I will give you hidden treasures / Riches stored in dark places / So that you may know that I am the Lord.”

“We all favor the sunshine over the darkness, make no mistake about that,” Clay said. “But Michael Brown’s family and the good people of Ferguson — indeed, millions of good people across this great nation — have been in the throes of a dreadful darkness.”

“Michael Brown’s untimely and completely unnecessary death has unleashed a deluge of darkness that at times seems to envelop everything. Dr. King told us ‘darkness cannot drive out darkness, only the light can do that. And hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.’ Perhaps the lesson from Isaiah means that even in the midst of our tears, there is a blessing to be revealed, even in the depths of our despair, God has promised to give us treasure from these tragic days.”

The congressman said the “treasure” might be “a great light of truth that Michael left for us to follow.”

“And if we truly want to honor his memory, we need to shine that light towards how local law enforcement deals with young black men and make meaningful changes that end sad, painful events like today,” Clay said. “And we need to shine that light towards the uneven scales of justice and inequality in this country.”

Clay stressed that Brown was his constituent, “bright, talented, full of hope, 18 years old, and ready to start college.”

“He was also male and black and, sadly, that made him a target,” he continued. “So I pray that his senseless killing will be elevated out of the darkness and into the light to finally become an urgent national priority.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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How did Maxine Waters figure out Ferguson's in the U.S. or not on Mars?
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OK, assume that cops recognize the beauty and natural superiority of young black men and leave them alone. What then happens? There will be more drugs, more black on black crime, and many fewer local businesses. That always happens as young black heroes practice that the inventory of local merchants (cigars, e.g.) belongs to them. The merchants move and the neighborhood dies.
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Well, not that I am making this as a serious suggestion, but how about dying more? If police officers let young black men injure and slay them to a larger degree, wouldn't that leave more young black (non-officer) men alive?
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There should be meaningful changes in the way black parents raise their kids.
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How did Maxine Waters figure out Ferguson's in the U.S. or not on Mars?
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So what is the congressman's plan then? Just let "gentle giants" like Michael Brown break the faces of police officers, take their guns and shoot them? Or something simpler like not even bothering to stop blacks regardless of what they do?

This is typical political speech where someone says something extremely vague which could mean just about anything. What's especially annoying is that it is deliberately vague so there is nothing specifically offensive to take exception to but listeners can hear anything that makes them happy in the message. Law and order types can imagine a call for more aggressive policing while police haters can imagine an appeal to end law enforcement against minorities. The gutless politician then takes electoral credit for what people imagined he/she was saying or endorsing.
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Bet it's more not stopping them regardless of what they do, even standing in the street blocking traffic.
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How about young black men use the sidewalk, like the rest of us do, refrain from stealing and punching cops in the head?
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How about the other way around. Are U.S. citizens under no bounds of constraint when it comes to behavior? The cops aren't social workers or your loving mother or a charm school. I understand cops often take things to extremes, but what radicalizes them so? Cops aren't out at picnics; they deal with two types of people: criminals and victims.
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