Letter in opinion section of Columbia, Missouri, Tribune:
“My response to those putting their hands up for Michael Brown: I would also like to put up my hands for Ron Goldman and Nicole Brown Simpson, who were murdered by a black man in cold blood. Where is the justice for them? I am willing to bet most of those protesters supporting Michael Brown also supported O.J. Simpson.”
Oh, boy. Where to start with the false-equivalency parallels.
First, does this letter writer really equate a police officer shooting to death a citizen who was stopped for walking down the street to a non-police officer laying in wait with a knife, then slashing two people to death?
Second, what’s stopping this writer from putting her/his hands up for Nicole Brown and Ronald Goldman, or for anyone else s/he wants to?
Third, betting that protesters supporting Michael Brown also supported O. J. Simpson is as specious as me betting that this letter writer wears a KKK hood and sheet.
As for “where’s the justice”, at least the Simpson-Brown/Goldman case went through the legal process and justice system, which will never be afforded to Michael Brown.
Well said, Jerrianne. Ignorance is a disease.