New Orleans Saints tight end Benjamin Watson shared his feelings on Ferguson this week in a Facebook post that has gone viral, and with good reason. Watson wrote a very thoughtful post about every emotion he went through after the grand jury decision and the rioting on Monday night.
For one, Watson did not take sides, admitting he didn’t know what happened and viewing the situation from the eyes of both Michael Brown and Darren Wilson:
I’M SYMPATHETIC, because I wasn’t there so I don’t know exactly what happened. Maybe Darren Wilson acted within his rights and duty as an officer of the law and killed Michael Brown in self defense like any of us would in the circumstance. Now he has to fear the backlash against himself and his loved ones when he was only doing his job. What a horrible thing to endure. OR maybe he provoked Michael and ignited the series of events that led to him eventually murdering the young man to prove a point…
I’M CONFUSED, because I don’t know why it’s so hard to obey a policeman. You will not win!!! And I don’t know why some policeman abuse their power. Power is a responsibility, not a weapon to brandish and lord over the populace.
However, he does have some serious concerns about the treatment of race in America:
I’M FEARFUL because in the back of my mind I know that although I’m a law abiding citizen I could still be looked upon as a “threat” to those who don’t know me. So I will continue to have to go the extra mile to earn the benefit of the doubt.
But Watson concludes talking of hope and encouragement that the discussion won’t be about skin, but sin. And he puts it in very religious terms, saying “God has provided a solution for sin through the his son Jesus and with it, a transformed heart and mind.”
You can read his full post here.
[h/t NBC News]
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