I just have to put this one down in the “no, this can’t be really happening” category. However, I did everything to examine if this was a hoax but it appears not.
According to Vice News, “Lesley McSpadden, the mother of the 18-year-old boy (Michael Brown) whose death at the hands of a Ferguson police officer in August sparked weeks of protests, is going to Geneva, Switzerland next month to speak about her son and other victims of police brutality in front of the United Nations. Mike Brown’s killing is still under investigation by federal officials, while a local grand jury tasked with deciding whether to charge officer Darren Wilson for his death is supposed to make an announcement any day — with few in Ferguson believing that an indictment is likely. But with little faith in the justice her son will receive, McSpadden, accompanied by one of the family’s lawyers and a handful of local activists and human rights advocates, is taking her son’s case — and that of other victims of racial profiling and police violence — straight to the UN Committee Against Torture, the body tasked with preventing torture and cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment and punishment around the world.”
Yes ladies and gentlemen, Michael Brown’s mother is taking her case to the United Nations Committee Against Torture — such an august and astute body that did so very much to condemn Sudan and secure the release of Meriam Ibrahim from a death sentence. Not. The same UN Committee that has certainly rallied international support against the menace we know as ISIS. Not.
Now, I have to wonder if the widows of those two California law enforcement officers whose husbands were gunned down by an illegal immigrant wanted to take their case to the United Nations — would all these local activists and human rights advocates support them?
Of course that is a seriously rhetorical question — but quite revealing. Where were the rallies, protests, activists and advocates for the U.S. Border Patrol agent who was gunned down by two illegal immigrants — who also had been previously deported — right before his family on an outing?
I for one am sick of the politicized cherry picking by these bogus activists and advocates who are just looking for another faux cause — what happened to freeing Tibet or Darfur? And shame on the Democrat Party as well for using images of Ferguson in mailers to fear monger and intimidate black voters into believing that voting for Republicans would result in more “Fergusons.” I just returned from my home state of Georgia where the Georgia Democrat party did just that and was unapologetic. Typical.
Vice says “The trip — which was recently made public by organizers and promoted under the tagline “Ferguson to Geneva” — is meant to make a case, to as wide an audience as possible, that both Brown’s killing and the militarized police response to protesters demanding justice for him, are a matter of human rights. “It’s actually covered by article one of the convention against torture,” Justin Hansford, a law professor at Saint Louis University and co-author of a brief to the UN body filed by Brown’s family and local activists, told Vice News. “When the government has all the guns, all the force, and when they can kill people with impunity and without fear of being found guilty of a crime, that’s a classic example of state violence.” “You see this in dictatorships and regimes where they do this to their own citizens and they get away with it,” he added.”
I’d like to know where Professor Hansford was when the Iranian regime was gunning down the Green Movement reformers? And does Professor Hansford support the looting and attacks on local businesses that occurred, or does he feel there’s no need for police actions to protect law-abiding citizens and their property? What about the rights of a Ferguson police officer who was recently shot? Nah, they just don’t matter I suppose. And what is this sham UN Committee Against Torture supposed to actually do? Open up a case and investigate the Ferguson Police Department? Well, take a number and fall in behind Eric Holder’s FBI – because that’s going nowhere.
And one thing you can always count on white liberal progressive socialist apologists to do is invoke horrific images from the past. Professor Hansford compared Brown’s killing to that of Emmet Till in the 1950s — a pivotal moment behind the civil rights movement of the following years.
“The murder of Michael Brown was a fresh cut in an old wound in the sense that it played on the legacy of lynching, when black people’s bodies were on display for people as a form of intimidation,” Hansford said, referring to Brown’s body, which laid on the streets for more than four hours. Brown’s death, he added, “wasn’t just a violation of people’s civil rights, it was a violation of their human rights.”
But I suppose the good professor cares little for the validity of the forensic evidence that may just prove Officer Darren Brown’s account to be accurate. What if Michael Brown assaulted a law enforcement officer — after he had assaulted a local store owner? What if Michael Brown — 6’4″ and 300 pounds — had reached for the officer’s gun and had powder residue on his hands? Then does Professor Hansford make a case for the rights of the law enforcement officer? Uh, no.
Vice reports, “Framing both as human rights issues is an attempt to speak to people’s empathy — Charles Wade, a protester and one of the organizers of the Ferguson to Geneva initiative, told VICE News. “People are starting to understand that people of color often feel that they don’t have the same rights as humans, that their humanity isn’t being respected,” he said. “A person may not have ever seen it that way so they may now think, ‘Yeah, all lives do matter, I do care. How can I help?”
Pathetic. I am sick of white liberal progressives seeking out black victims in order to make themselves feel good. I wish these caucasian progressive socialists were as adamant about the decimation of the black family or the extreme level of abortions in the black community.
Why don’t they care about greater educational opportunities in the black community through school choice, vouchers, charter schools, and home schooling — instead of trapping black children in their failing public schools run by their teachers’ union cronies? Where was the cry for human rights with the chronic and genocidal black-on-black murders in inner cities such as Chicago — or the insidiously high black teenager unemployment rate?
You see, the real issues plaguing the black community are caused by white progressive socialists and their complicit liberal black cronies and sycophants. However, when an issue like the shooting of Michael Brown comes up — tragic indeed – the fact that it is symptomatic of greater ills which the progressive socialists dismiss in order to foment the grievance industry and victimization of the black community is of course completely ignored.
As Wall Street Journal editorial board member Jason Riley — a black man — insists, “please stop helping us.”