There are many details about the killing of Michael Brown at the hands of officer Darren Wilson that are not yet known, and that may never be known. But one thing that is beyond dispute is this: Darren Wilson put six bullets into an unarmed young man.
Now, groups supporting the officer are raising money for his defense, and, as of this writing, those groups have raised more money than groups supporting Brown’s family.
It’s a curious situation.While raising money for Michael Brown’s family, through efforts such as the Go Fund Me page Michael Brown Memorial Fund, make perfect sense, since Brown’s family is now faced with the expense of a funeral, plus costs for legal fees incurred in their effort to find out what really happened to their son, Wilson has not even been arrested yet. So, why the fundraising effort?
A blonde woman, ironically hiding behind mirrored sunglasses and a baseball cap, spoke for the group of Wilson’s supporters on Saturday, saying
“We will not hide. We will no longer live in fear. If you support Darren Wilson, make your voices heard!”
Support Darren Wilson, for what? So far, it really isn’t clear what Wilson’s supporters are saying. Are they saying that Wilson was justified in shooting Brown? Are they saying that they take the word of the Ferguson police chief about what took place? Are they, like George Zimmerman, just cop “wannabes,” who are willing to support a police officer, no matter what?
The speaker, doing her best to be incognito while claiming she will not hide, said:
“You want my name? I am Darren Wilson. We are all Darren Wilson.”
Again, what is the connection? What makes these people “all Darren Wilson?” It’s somewhat reminiscent of the 1970 movie, “Joe,” in which the title character, after a racist rant in a bar, says, “I’d like to kill one of them.” A bar patron, the other main character in the movie replies, “I just did.” Suddenly, he becomes Joe’s hero. Is that what all of these Darren Wilsons are saying?
One protester can be seen holding a sign that reads, “Innocent until proven guilty.” Very true. But so was Michael Brown, who was apparently shot six times for being guilty of what, exactly? The police chief in Ferguson has given different stories about that. At the very worst, Brown was shot for stealing cigars, and even that charge is questionable.
Salon.com reports that the online fundraising campaign for Darren Wilson has become a focal point of “racism and hate.” Apparently, Go Fund Me is taking down the offensive comments, but they are keeping the money that goes along with them. Community activist Shaun King captured a number of them before they were removed.
You can donate to the Michael Brown Memorial Fund by clicking HERE — remember, every little bit helps!
Here’s a video report about the Wilson fundraising efforts , courtesy of USA Today: