#Ferguson: Recapping Al Sharpton’s Eulogy for Michael Brown
#Ferguson: Recapping Al Sharpton’s Eulogy for Michael Brown
This morning, the funeral for Michael Brown took place. His parents called for a day of peace. They called for a day of silence to honor their son, whom many in the media are describing as a little boy. The service was watched by many via KDSK’s live feed here.
A funeral should be about saying goodbye to a loved one. A funeral is about the living who are left behind to mourn, and remember their loved one. Right?
Michael Brown’s funeral was about that. It was also was about t-shirts and ties with Michael Brown’s face on it. And it was about politics, race, and some interesting rhetoric. Before the Reverend Al Sharpton gave his eulogy to the family and those gathered at the church, members of Michael Brown’s family spoke. There were calls for peace. Calls for letting your voice be heard at the voting booth, and calls to remember Michael as they do.
Eric Davis, a member of the family, speaking of Michael:
“On the day he was killed, he was out spreading the word of Jesus. And he told me that he knew his name would become known. He did not know he was offering up divine prophecy as to how known he would become.”
Davis also stated that this is now about three families and so much more. This started with Trayvon Martin’s family, next was Jordan Davis’ family, and now Michael Brown’s family is added to the roster of those who’ve been wronged. He called for their voices to be heard and no more killing because of race.
Then, Pastor Charles Ewing, Michael Brown’s uncle gave a short eulogy.
Yes we call him the Gentle Giant. We call him Big Mike. We call him Mike Mike.
Michael Brown’s blood is crying from the ground. Crying for vengeance. Crying for justice.
Pastor Ewing compares Michael Brown’s timeline of death to the timing of Jesus and His hours on the Cross. He compared his nephew’s death to the 12 Gates of Israel with the St. Louis Arch as a Gateway to the West for a comparable reference. Likewise, Interstate 70 running through Ferguson, is comparable to 70 years of Israel’s captivity.
Michael Brown’s death means that God is shaking this nation and means there should no longer be Cain vs Abel, Judas betraying Jesus. No more betrayals by those in power. No more betrayals like Columbine, Sandy Hook, Trayvon Martin or any other white on black crime.
Benjamin Crump introduced Reverend Al Sharpton. The Reverend Al, who, according to Crump, answered the call for Trayvon, for Gardiner, and for Michael Brown while he was still laying on the ground. The same Reverend Al who has been working both sides of the fence, and having quiet behind the scene discussions with the administration.
Crump, as a lead-in for Reverend Sharpton, invokes Dred Scott of course.
“160 years ago, 10 miles from this church, the Dred Scott decision told everyone there that blacks are 3/5’s of a man. But Michael Brown is not a 3/5th man and justice will be demanded for him…”
Then it was time for Al Sharpton…
His remarks, titled “The World View” ranged from the Book of Micah to the next challenges facing the family. Highlights below, including a couple of true statements (whether he intended them to be such or not) and additional information via The Guardian:
“Let us not lose sight of the fact that this young man should be doing his second week in college.”
“God is going to judge you by what you do on earth.” (even if Al and others want to try to rework the reality of the situation)
“Michael Brown laying in the street for hours considered nothing. Just as everyone at the church has been considered nothing too many times.”
“I don’t know exactly what happened that day” (No Al, you certainly don’t know what really happened that day. None of us do either)
“Michael Brown wants to be remembered for how we are going to police in the United States.”
“America is going to have to come to terms. That there is something wrong that we have money for military equipment to give to police forces, but we don’t have money to give for training, to give for education, to give for our children.”
“America, how do you think we look to the world when you can’t come up with a police report, but you can find a video?”
“How do you think we look when young people marched non violently asking to hear their cry and you put snipers on the roof and you point guns at them?”
“How do we look when people support the officer, and they have a right to do it, but when people support the officer and we support ourselves. Yet we are the ones dividing the country?”
“America, it is time to deal with the policing. We are not the haters. We are the healers! We can’t have a fit. We have to have a movement. We have to be here for the long haul. A demonstration in the legislation.”
“We don’t need the bad cops. We are not anti-police. But we need the police who are wrong to be dealt with.”
“We got to clean up our community so we can clean up the United States of the World.”
“The policies of this country cannot go unchallenged. We cannot have aggressive policing of low level crime but do nothing about the high level crimes.”
“Whatever happened, this responsibility of this boy’s life must be answered by somebody.”
“The challenge from here is that you must be committed, that for whatever reason God chose you and God chose Michael. Michael has gone to his rest now. The challenge is to wait and know….”
“Justice is going to come! Justice is going to come!”
You decide if there are inflammatory remarks here or if Al Sharpton violated the Day of Peace.
By the way, Maxine Waters, Congressman Al Green, Senator Claire McCaskil, Congressman Clay, Broderick Johnston, Spike Lee, MLK’s children, Jesse Jackson, and T.D Jakes were among the many dignitaries who attended Michael Brown’s funeral.
A young man is dead. A city exploded into violence over his death. Michael Brown was 18 years old. Not a little boy. Just barely a young man. His family desires to remember Michael a certain way, and if it gives them comfort, then so be it. Meanwhile, there is an entirely different narrative that shows a different darker side of the young man. Where is the truth? It is somewhere in the middle. Will the issues that plague Ferguson be resolved tomorrow, the next day, or next year. Likely not. And, at the end, Michael Brown’s family will be left behind once Reverend Al Sharpton moves on to find the next family or person who can give him the air time and attention he so craves.