AMONG THE THOUSANDS of people protesting the Ferguson decision in the last two days are those carrying signs that read, “Black lives matter.”
That is very true. Black lives do matter. And they have probably never mattered anywhere more on earth than in America, where blacks are treated with a level of judicial respect and given civil rights that have been historically unknown in much of Africa, where murder is still often treated with indifference.
Almost every single day in the week, a black person in America is killed by another black person. Most of the time it is white policemen who find and apprehend the people who kill blacks, often at the risk of their own safety. And black violence has gotten worse under the reign of judicial leniency and concepts of racist injustice.
The striking thing about Darren Wilson’s testimony to the grand jury is the contempt Michael Brown, assuming the testimony is true, showed from the very beginning of their encounter on the street. That’s not to say that Wilson had to shoot Brown. It was tragic that he did, but his reaction appears to have been within the limits of reasonable self defense.
Every person protesting the grand jury’s decision should be forced to live in a black neighborhood without white police protection. Let them have their own country. Then they may discover just how little both white lives and black lives matter.