Regardless of your feelings about the shooting in Ferguson, everyone involved should be free from vigilante-justice. The situation cannot help but invoke a profound emotional response, as it meets the definition of a true tragedy, but true justice is fueled by reason, not emotion.
Everyone involved will suffer.
Michael Brown is dead. The residents of Ferguson have had their neighborhood turned into a political football. The store-owner who was robbed will likely never be looked at the same way in the community. And, no matter his potential innocence or guilt, the police officer’s life will never again resemble the one he had before the incident.
While there are a number of very serious national conversations which must be had, condemning any of the involved parties to emotion-based, vigilante-justice, rather than due process, will only further shred the fabric of national unity.
Finally, for those attempting to use this tragedy to advance an agenda, know this; when you had the chance to do the right thing, you did the easy thing. You are not part of the problem in America, you are the problem in America. Using hatred and division to pad your wallet, swell your voter-rolls, advance your “profile”, or to simply cause chaos and anger, makes you the very embodiment of evil.
Any fool with a platform, or an elected-office, can lick his finger, stick it in the wind, and say what the winds of anger and discontent dictate. It’s the real leaders who will stand up, even if it costs them, and use their platforms to bring about justice and resolution for everyone involved.