Social Media: Sports Leaders React to Grand Jury’s Decision in Michael Brown Case

Several offer support and encouragement to the family and other young men of color

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After weeks of protest across the country that called for justice for the Michael Brown, the decision not to charge Officer Darren Wilson came late last night. It wasn’t long before the world took to social media to voice their opinions on the announcement. Top athletes and sports leaders didn’t take long to react either. As the night went on and mounting frustrations grew, they too took to Instagram and Twitter to offer their opinions on the decision, support to the parents of Brown and encouragement to young boys of color around the world.

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  • Juggling For A Cure

    I have experience abuse from law enforcement. My ordeal started in Cincinnati, Ohio about 2 years ago. It has been a terrifying experience. The abuse included Cincinnati Police marked cars, Hamilton County Sheriff’s helicopters, and a plethora of plain clothes officers or agents, which I believe were state or federal law enforcement.

    The ordeal started after I wrote letters criticizing a well-connected corporation in Cincinnati for not having African Americans on its 16-panel board, even though African Americans make up part (I believe about half) of the company’s customer base. African Americans constitute approximately 45 percent of Cincinnati’s population. (I have also addressed abuse of women, anti-Semitism, homophobia, American Indian genocide, Islamophobia, reverse discrimination, kidnapping, and many other issues via Juggling For A Cure.)

    I do not know why law enforcement has been making an incursion into my life, but do know that the terror started after I wrote letters criticizing the company for not having African Americans on its board.

    A Hamilton CountySheriff’s helicopter flew daily low flights over my home. I believe the officer(s) intent was to bring terror to my life. This is an example of the huge abusive egos that is rampant in law enforcement. The impetus of the low helicopter flights was not law enforcement. It took several of my calls to the Hamilton County Sheriff’s leadership before the harassment stopped.

    The Cincinnati Police chief and mayor were African Americans. The Chief of Police’s officers participated in the abuse, and the mayor never responded to my letters. (Eventually a new mayor, a White mayor, in Cincinnati did respond to my letter to him.) Several Black ministers ignored my pleas for help. The officers that were terrorizing me included African Americans. The lesson here is that African American leadership is implicit in the police abuse and other problems that plague the African American community.

    I sometimes wondered if my experience would have been the same had I been Jewish. If Cincinnati was 45 percent Jewish (or even less), and a well-established corporation had Jewish people at approximately half of its customer base, and the company did not have any Jewish representation on its 16-panel board, I believe the Jewish leadership would repel the corporation’s board practice. Jewish leaders would not allow a corporation to be unfair to the Jewish community. If I was Jewish, I believe Jewish leaders would have had my back.

    My experience pleading to Black leadership was that they were not only scared and silent, but participated in abusing me. The corporation has power and standing in the city, and has the connections to help people. The Black leaders wanted to be in the position to be helped by the corporation—via political, financial, employment, and social resources. And they did not want to jeopardize this opportunity.

    There exist as much anti-Semitism towards Jewish people and there exist racism against African Americans. The key difference in my opinion is where one leadership mostly looks out for their people, the other leadership mostly looks out for themselves.

    I have always been fearful of criminals, but am now more frightened by the people who are supposed to uphold laws and respect American citizens. Law enforcement officers have me scared to go about my daily business. This harassment is occurring while I have not been afforded the opportunity to have this matter taken before a jury of U.S. citizens.

    Taking this matter to a court of law and putting the issue out in the open should expose any wrongdoing—whether by me or by law enforcement. That is, if I am alive and able to tell my story. If I am deceased and have to depend on a prosecutor to tell my story, I doubt that the truth would prevail.

    Unfortunately, the law enforcement abusers have not been willing to challenge me – while I am alive and able to defend myself — in a court of law. They have instead chosen to terrorize me outside of court, creating a prison for me in the free world.

    Letting the American people know about my abuse would, I believe, be beneficial to our country. Taking the matter before a court would allow me to expose how law enforcement can take an American life and arbitrary bring terror to it. I am probably not the only person that this has happened to.

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