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Feelingstown, Missouri


On Monday night, St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch announced that Officer Darren Wilson, who is white, would not be indicted in the shooting death of black 18-year-old Michael Brown. McCulloch explained the falsehoods permeating the original media accounts of the shooting; he explained that Brown had, by all available physical and credible witness evidence, charged Wilson after attempting to take his gun from him in Wilson's vehicle.

And none of it mattered. The riots went forward as planned; the media steadfastly distributed its prewritten narrative of evil racist white cop murdering innocent young black man. President Obama stepped to the microphones to denounce American racism. He did not recapitulate the evidence; he did not condemn rioters and pledge that law enforcement would crack down on them. Instead, he said that protesters and rioters — all of them ignoring the fact that a white police officer had not murdered an innocent black man in cold blood — were justified in their rage.

Indeed, the president said, they had feelings. And those feelings were legitimate, all evidence to the contrary. "There are Americans who agree with it, and there are Americans who are deeply disappointed, even angry. It's an understandable reaction," Obama said. What made disappointment and anger over an evidence-based verdict "understandable"? Obama explained: "There are still problems and communities of color aren't just making these problems up. Separating that from this particular decision, there are issues in which the law too often feels as if it is being applied in a discriminatory fashion."

The key word: feels. Obama did not cite a single instance of the law being applied in a discriminatory fashion — because in Ferguson it was not. Instead, he made a general statement, of the sort leftists often make, that broad feelings of discontent must be inherently legitimate — because, after all, if people feel, those feelings must have a basis.

Now, there are certainly individual instances of racism by law enforcement in American society. All such instances should be investigated and prosecuted. But to suggest, as President Obama and the media do, that such instances provide the basis for a justifiable and generalized feeling of discontent is to declare the war on racist activity unwinnable. We cannot fight a shadow-enemy. We can never overcome feelings on a public policy level.

That is why President Obama and the left love discussing feelings. Talking about feelings avoids more difficult conversations about prosecuting individual cases or fighting crime. Feelingstalk means evidence becomes irrelevant because we need no evidence for our feelings — they are legitimized by virtue of their very being. Self-definition becomes societal definition: if I feel there's a social problem, there's a social problem. In fact, in Feelingstown, facts become insults: If facts debunk feelings, it is the facts that must lose.

Truth is the first casualty of the feelings society; morality is the second.

Civilization is the third. If feelings require no justification in order to receive the presidential seal of approval, we have moved beyond rational political debate. If those feelings require social change, problems become inherently unsolvable.

And so, on to the next Ferguson. Feelings required. No evidence necessary.

Ben Shapiro, 30, is a graduate of UCLA and Harvard Law School, a radio host on KTTH 770 Seattle and KRLA 870 Los Angeles, Editor-in-Chief of, and Senior Editor-at-Large of Breitbart News. He is the New York Times bestselling author of "Bullies." His latest book, "The People vs. Barack Obama: The Criminal Case Against the Obama Administration," will be released on June 10. He lives with his wife and daughter in Los Angeles. To find out more about Ben Shapiro and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at



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Sir;...When did an indictment become a conviction, and when did a failure to indict become an exoneration?
If you are asking seriously rather than rhetorically what makes the disappointment and anger understandable; It is the experience of far to many black people in this country of being considered a suspect by virtue of their race. It is within the range of black experience to know people, or of people shot without cause because they were black. In this sense, the rage that has found expression in Missouri has little enough to do with Michael Brown, and has everything to do with the commonality of black experience with the law. Michael Brown was the match. They were the gun powder ready to go off.
I am not sympathetic to essholes, black or white. To be honest; no one should be killed in the street by a cop when they would not be executed on the basis of evidence at trial. Further, it is not too much to ask that the people be given the presumption of innocence, and for the court and officers of the court to be very constrained in their actions. This police officer was an officer of the court. When he goes before the grand jury he is going before the legal establishment. The court of the people have found them, and the officer Darren Wilson Guilty on their own evidence, not of what he did, but on what they all do.
Now; you understand how long it took blacks to get representation on the juries that might convict them, but this has not helped them. Blacks are more likely to be the victims of black criminals than white people are, and on juries they are less willing to accept the pleas of black defendants. These riots are not about protecting the guilty, but about defending the innocent. No one wants to be the next Michael Brown killed on slight evidence of guilt.
We can hear what the police officer has to say on the subject, and it is many another injured party who is speaking for Michael Brown; and for Mr. Brown the facts are not all that clear; but it is clear how many other black people feel about being singled out, threatened with violence or the process of court where they are seldom thought innocent.
I am willing to bet you have had no charges brought against you ever. Anyone having suffered even by proximity the Kafka like slow motion formal dance of the legal system and experienced the outrageous cost of it knows it is not for them, not for real people. In the worst emergency room in the country people will not find the cards so stacked against them, and falling so regularly for the other side as in court. People know, even when they win they lose.
What does it cost for a cop to bring a charge? What is the penalty to them of over charging to force a plea deal? There is no law for the law man. These police sing the lament of self pity; but the expense they put on society and on the poor is breaking us. They cry about the dwindling respect for law, but they are more responsible for that lack of respect than any other party. They know we can't live without them. They may rightly or wrongly feel that the courts are not cruel enough. For them to take it into their own hands to punish those they find guilty puts them on the same side of the law as the criminal. Then the law abiding citizen finds himself at odds against both the criminals and the legal system which brutalizes them. Where is the end to it?
What makes anyone believe that the Grand Jury did not feel as so many average people, that they cannot live without the cops, so it was necessary to give one of them the benefit of the doubt. Who will stand for the blacks, and give them the justice they deserve across the board? Not I. I recognize a poison relationship when I see one, and when blacks are presumed guilty, and caps are in large part prejudiced against them nothing short of a new relationship is needed. The white community knew what it would take to bring peace to light. All they had to do was hold cops to the higher standard they should already hold them to. They did not want to antagonize the police upon whom they depend. They want to be proactive in defense of law and privilage. They understand the natural reaction of the blacks would make them all look guilty in the eyes of whites.
The whites cannot understand. They have no idea what lies at the end of their own prejudice, but what they justify for blacks they justify for anyone outside of the police and the privilaged of law. What will whites say when the guns are turned on them as they have been turned in the past? Did they say then, that might makes right, or is this the song their grandchildren sing out of ignorance?
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Tue Nov 25, 2014 5:57 PM
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