It's my understanding that we don't know yet if Brown was being threatening. I know there are claims that he was but I don't believe that's been proven at this point.If you're trying to claim that the Brown death is an example of an innocent young black man being killed by police, you've picked a really bad example to make the point. I may grant you that it happens in the US, but here in Canada there are also concerns about police shooting and killing people of various races, mostly white as it turns out, who act in a threatening manner and end up being mentally ill or suffering from a mental episode of some sort. But they were still threatening, often with a weapon but not always
Why...Brown is a terrible example to use
I won't argue with you about whether or not this is true because it's too off topic but I could easily... you cannot credibly deny that crime among young black men is significantly higher, in many communities, than crime among other races
1-I'm not sure what you mean by "smear by association"On the basis of the facts as presented so far and the circumstances of the confrontation - time of day, location, Brown's prior actions, etc. - lead me to believe this was a justified killing by the officer - you'll have to do a hell of a lot more than simply smear by association to convince me otherwise.
2-What are you calling facts
I do this all the time. I post something and believe that an intelligent and objective conversation will evolve from it in which I can further explain my thinking. That rarely happens. Instead people with extreme points of view jump and just start bashing. ( not you obviously) I honestly need to re-evaluate my technique.
I was hoping to draw attention to the fact that there were other ways one could have interpreted that video. This video actually doesn't prove or disprove anything. People see what they want to see or whatever supports decisions they have already made. Regardless of what those opinions may be. So in this case, people who already decided that MB was another out of control violent thug, watched that video and saw just that. Which is exactly what whoever released that video hoped would happen and this is typical of these types of situations. People buy into the negative and unfounded stereotypes about these young men and are far too easily lead to making assumptions about their character of all things with very little info. Would you say it would provide someone an accurate picture of your character if they were provided one little video clip of you? I don't think so. So my point, in part, was just that. Stop making it so easy to demonize this young man or anyone else just because it justifies your prejudice.
Secondly, I had hoped to draw attention to fact that a disproportionate amount of unarmed young black men are shot dead. Regardless of why this is taking place we should all be concerned about that fact.
Thirdly when something like this happens a large number of people completely dismiss the outrage it taps into within the black community. They but on blinders and look at this single incident, seemingly baffled at the disproportionate protest with no respect or acknowledgement of the bigger picture. They dismiss the complaints of this group of individuals completely. I'd be outraged too.