It was, indeed, a travesty as AmeriKKKa regularly offers up in this “post-racial” era.
- a false, absurd, or distorted representation of something.“the absurdly lenient sentence is a travesty of justice”
synonyms: perversion of, distortion of, corruption of, misrepresentation of, poor imitation of, poor substitute for, mockery of, parody of, caricature of;farce of, charade of, pantomime of, sham
The kindest evaluation of McCulloch’s record is that he is a very active prosecutor with a very clear sense of what he can make a grand jury do, if he chooses to do so, which he did not in this case, for reasons that are far from unclear. In the most high-profile case of his career, prosecutor Bob McCulloch insisted he was just a feather in the wind, just gathering evidence so the grand jury could make up its own mind, not directing it at all. And then, Monday night, he hummina-hummina’ed for seven full minutes before announcing the least shocking news of the day. Darren Wilson did not commit a crime by shooting Michael Brown dead in broad daylight in the middle of the street. But Bob McCulloch, public servant, knows what the real problem with this investigation was.
“The most significant challenge encountered in this investigation has been the 24-hour news cycle and its insatiable appetite for something, for anything to talk about, following closely behind with the non-stop rumors on social media.”
Social media. He actually fking said that.
Nothing good will come of this. Nothing at all.
You can read all of the Grand Jury testimony here. Or just Darren Wilson’s part of it here:
Or save yourself some heartache and heartburn, and read the NY Times‘ annotated quotes.
Either way, be forewarned, this is NOT justice.
The day is just beginning in Ferguson, and there are lots of protests planned for today. Peter Callahan of We Act Radio has been on the ground, running their live video stream, also gave us an update this morning. They’ll be streaming today, so check back regularly for updates.
Tomorrow is the last day before Thanksgiving. As much as I hope cooler minds prevail in the coming days, I understand the hurt and the horror of living as an African American in this country today, and the need for change. Real change. Now.
We’ll continue with coverage of the protests tomorrow with Susie Madrak of Crooks and Liars, radio or not.
***Update*** The Gliberal Goddesses gathered in the second hour today, as we do every other Tuesday morning. When I was writing up the show for this post, I neglected to include GottaLaff and Amy Simon’s appearance this morning. I’m just in a daze. Dazed and confused, and truly depressed. Next time, hopefully, glibness will ensue.***