With everything that’s going on in Ferguson, MO., there has been a few people that has gotten out of pocket. I had planned on ignoring but for the sake of me just writing this post, I’m going to speak my piece on it.
First up, we have Ben Stein. You remember Ben Stein from the now defunct show, Win Ben Stein’s Money. (Jimmy Kimmel was there too.) But anyway, here’s Mr. Stein weighing in on the Ferguson, MO unrest:
“Now first of all, it isn’t standard procedure, it’s an extremely rare thing when that happens. Second, the idea of calling this poor young man unarmed when he was 6-foot-4, 300 pounds, full of muscles. Apparently according to what I read in the New York Times [he was] on marijuana. To call him unarmed is like calling Sonny Liston unarmed or Cassius Clay unarmed. I mean he wasn’t unarmed; he was armed with his undoubtedly strong, scary self.” – Ben Stein
Oh boy… so according to Ben Stein, Michael Brown’s height and weight played a factor in his murderer’s actions on that August 9th afternoon. So Michael Brown being 6’4″ gave his murderer the audacity to shoot him down in the middle of the street. A person of Michael Brown’s build can go toe to toe with a department issued gun? He’s not Luke Cage. Eric Garner was around the same build when he was choked out on July 17th and according to witnesses, he was breaking up a fight. Was he a threat to anyone’s safety? Hell, for those of you that have met me, am I a threat to your safety? I’ll tell you myself that I’m not going to harm anyone unless I’m defending myself. I don’t even become sociable until I can determine if you’re someone that’s even worth being sociable with. But Ben Stein seems to think that makes you scary. Furthermore in that quote, Ben Stein compares Brown to the likes of former boxing champions Sonny Liston and Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali). So Ben Stein with all of his intelligence and money, must have a machine somewhere in his home where he determine how we act as humans as if he knows us on a day to day basis. But wait, there’s more:
“They don’t want them to get a fair trial…. They’re looking for a lynching jury and it’s a very sad state of affairs. It used to be … when lynchings of African Americans were not that incredibly rare. Now the lynchings are the police and it’s just an outrage.” – Ben Stein
Now with the evidence and witnesses statements and the fact that the murderer STILL HAS NOT BEEN CHARGED, where is this fairness? The police offers in Ferguson and St. Louis County harassing and bullying those protesting peacefully and looking for justice. But according to Ben Stein, the police are being lynched? What?! Maybe Ben Stein should take his money and further research the history of police brutality against blacks in this country. Then recant his bullshit statement.
Next up, Iyanla Vanzant took her cameras to Ferguson, MO and talked to citizens about what’s been going on. What got under my skin was the fact that she made references to black on black crime, whereas the city Ferguson only had one murder (which was Brown’s) and yes, there’s civil unrest among ourselves but when it comes to police not upholding themselves to the oath they have sworn they taken, action needs to be taken.
Finally, we have Tariq Nasheed. King Flex is what they call him. I’ve only just recently heard of this cat but it seems as if he’s full of himself and enjoys antagonizing feminists on Twitter. Recently, Tariq Nasheed wrote a check to politician Antonio French that raised some eyebrows among those helping out in Ferguson, MO. I’ve seen a few tweets as to where he called out feminists for their role(s) in Ferguson but it’s been noted that Tariq Nasheed was only there just for his gain. Now if there was more solidarity with Tariq Nasheed and others, then this divide wouldn’t even exist. Let’s not forget what the true issue at hand is. Not this elementary school immaturity of going back and forth.