Today, Michael Brown’s father has asked for a one-day break in the protests surrounding his son’s murder in honor of the funeral. Thousands are expected to attend to pay their respects to the fallen teen, who was gunned down days before he was to begin college–including three representatives of the Obama Administration.
The service will be held at Friendly Temple Missionary baptist Church. Lesley McSpadden, Brown’s mother, said that the hardest part will be “Walking away from that casket,” a pain that no parent should ever experience. “All the way up to this time, it was like a dream,” Brown’s father said on Sunday when the parents visited their son for a moment of peace. “Seeing him in a casket today made it reality.”
The eulogy will be delivered by Brown’s great uncle, Pastor Charles Ewing. In an interview with the Associated Press, he recalled an eerily prophetic conversation between him and the teenager. “He said, ‘One day the whole world is going to know my name,'” Ewing said. “Isn’t that something? Not knowing that this was going to happen, and that’s what touched me — ‘the whole world will know my name.'”
Unfortunately for Brown, his hopes of a rap career were crushed when he was gunned down in the street–six shots ending any future aspirations.
While most of us will be mourning the loss of a young life (I will be attending a candlelight vigil tonight in Brown’s honor), right-wingers are focusing on what, to them, matters: a misguided belief that Brown is a “thug” (the “socially acceptable” conservative “n-word”) who had it coming, and it’s a disgrace that President Obama (another “thug”) would choose to send representatives to the funeral of a teen whose death has rocked the nation.
We offer our most sincere condolences to Michael Brown’s family and the community, and on behalf of all the hatemongers out there…we apologize, as well–because they won’t.