It’s tough to believe, but it’s been a year since the death of unarmed Michael Brown at the hands of Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson.
Little has changed in that year. People are still regularly killed at the hands of police and as for Michael Brown, he’s still called a “thug” despite the fact that he was unarmed and if he had committed a crime (still unknown), it was absolutely not worth his life.
To prove how little has changed, police on Facebook posted a “memorial” to Michael Brown. The “tribute” listed his name, birth date and the day he died, but whoever created it also added this disgusting poem:
“There once was a thug named Brown
Who bum-rushed a cop with a frown
Six bullets later
He met his creator
Then his homies burnt down the town”
The post has been taken down, but here’s the screenshot, courtesy of Free Thought Project.
Oh, but it gets worse. When confronted by one of the fan’s page about the disrespectful post, Police Officers said:
The picture has been taken down, but not before getting nearly 4,000 likes and being shared over 1,700 times.
Wilson, who is walking scot-free after the shooting, is going to see his day in court, but only in a civil lawsuit from Brown’s family. Still, crowdfunding has raised nearly half a million dollars for Wilson. That enabled him to buy a new house and pay his legal fees.
Wilson doesn’t seem too affected by Brown’s death either. In an interview with the New Yorker, he said that he has to fly under the radar because of it, but he still blamed Brown and Brown’s parents, saying, “Do I think about who he was as a person? Not really, because it doesn’t matter at this point. Do I think he had the best upbringing? No. Not at all.”
Fortunately, the post about Michael Brown is down and the Facebook page that posted it seems rather thin-skinned about disrespectful people, but similar memes are all over Facebook turning victims into perpetrators, simply because of the color of their skin.
Featured image via Facebook screen capture.