Race Factor in Mike Brown Case


Brandon Woods, Editor-in-Chief

Commentary – Racial profiling should not be prevalent in the death of Mike Brown


By Brandon Woods/Editor-in-chief

The fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown has been the trending topic of social media and the No. 1 news story on all local and even international television news stations. The extreme fight for justice and citizen’s demand for answers is what has made the atrocity so renowned.

As a result of rapid changes in eyewitness accounts, it’s kind of hard to believe what actually happened and the reason as to why Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson chose to shoot Brown. The events that led up to the shooting have been changing ever since the tragic event happened; however, we do know that Brown will never live to see another day.

A conflict that seemed that might have  been resolved with a few seconds of patience and respect resulted in nine shots being fired and a dead body left in the middle of the street for four hours after the death occurred.

It was only a few moments later before the local residents heard about the tragedy and a few hours before the entire nation was aware of it.

I remember scrolling on my news feed on Instagram and seeing a picture of a man holding a sign that read “Ferguson police just executed my unarmed son” and how I didn’t think much of it. But once this same picture kept showing up, I knew that the situation was much more serious than what I thought.

I could remember being in shock seeing the picture because of the look on the man’s face. His eyes were so red from crying, it’s almost like you could feel his pain.

It wasn’t long before everyone knew about the shooting, and they all came together in the effort to protest against it. The void of not knowing why Wilson continued to shoot Brown even after Brown surrendered stimulated this protest and all of the defiant behavior that occurred days after the shooting. Justice was demanded immediately.

As the events unfolded and as the turmoil escalated, multiple topics with different perspectives about the crime as a whole began to surface.

One of the major topics was racial profiling.  Racial profiling is categorizing someone based off the behaviors and the characteristics of their race or ethnicity. I believe there is a lot of racial profiling within the crime itself.

Ever since the crime has happened, racial tension has exploded to a different level than I expected, and it all has to do with a white cop shooting a black teenager. The idea of Wilson continuing to shoot Brown just because he was black has been a common perspective amongst a lot of blacks, especially in the eyes of my peers. Because of this idea, it seems as if many blacks are starting to jump to conclusions and thinking that every white person that is involved in the crisis is racist.

As a black male, I feel as if we shouldn’t be thinking like this. We shouldn’t be judging people based off the color of their skin. Honestly, we shouldn’t be focused on the racial aspect at all. As a country that “stepped” over the barrier of racism and segregation we should be fighting for justice, rather than fighting against one another because they aren’t the same race as you. Racial profiling is never beneficial in any circumstance, so why continue to live with these beliefs?

It’s sad to know that we are still living with the mind sets of racial discrimination and profiling 50 years after the Civil Rights Movement. Instead of discriminating and antagonizing against each other, we should be treating each other with equality and respect.

If we ever actually hold true to this idea, maybe then the world would be a better place, where our society would actually be able to advance rather than allowing historical tragedies to continue to repeat themselves.