Social media exchanges, with the germane comments of others in quotes, on a series of incidents that strike pretty close to home follow.
The innocent angel who was gunned down by the oppressive blue line in Ferguson, MO, going about his daily business filching cigars from an ethnic brave (or foolish) enough to do business in the hood.
These stories of putative actionable racial animus towards blacks by non-blacks are so often mendacious--if not outright hoaxes--that one's default presumption should almost be that they're bullshit until proven otherwise. After all, innocent until proven guilty does have some sort of history in this country, doesn't it?
Meanwhile, the empirically indisputable fact that blacks commit violent crimes against whites at a rate 40x higher than whites commit violent crimes against blacks is passed on in silence, with those daring to point out as much doing so at their own risks to their careers, safety, and even lives.
What do you mean the emperor is naked? Those clothes he has on are very fancy!
"What is your solution?"
To drop the political correctness and talk about these things empirically. When AG Eric Holder says he wants an honest discussion about race, we should be all in. The race hustlers and media sensationalizers do no one (other than themselves) any good by so reliably and consistently assuming the worst when (statistically exceedingly rare) serious white-on-black violence occurs. When the demographics aren't right, the public tends not to hear about similar incidents (search Zac Champommier, for instance).
There are two obvious negative consequences of the Michael Brown story thus far: 1) Chain retailers, restaurants, etc are going to move out of Ferguson because the PR from the mob violence is really bad. Yeah, they get some sympathy for being looted and, in QuikTrip's case, torched, but the companies' reputations suffer as well, since they want to be seen as safe places for employees to work and customers to shop, and 2) Police everywhere are going to have yet another story admonishing them to take a hands-off approach in areas of the country that need policing the most. The silent majority in areas like Ferguson who are generally law-abiding and non-violent will end up paying the price.
"This just proves that both sides need to calm down and wait for all the facts to come out before jumping to conclusions. Did Brown deserve to die? Probably not. Was he an innocent angel gunned down completely without cause? Probably not."
Of course, the premature hysteria, histrionics, and violence tend to emanate from one side a lot more than they do from the other.
"So he didn't know he was a suspect..OR how about this LA times, he made an identification of a suspect based upon deductive reasoning taught at the most basic training in the PA that led to the assumption that he was a suspect in a BOLO."
The fact that the officer was not responding to a known suspect of the recent robbery doesn't mean that coming upon Brown and his friend (who has admitted the two did in fact steal from the store) he didn't make the potential connection.
As for the clarion call that this isn't 19th century France and filching cigars shouldn't get someone sent to the gallows, that's not the point. "Content of character" is a relevant concept that will be in play when assessing witness accounts of what occurred. It, in concert with the officer's alleged facial wounds, certainly makes the idea that Brown assaulted the police before being shot plausible.