New Orleans Saints’ tight end Benjamin Watson has seen nearly 300,000 fans like his take on the disturbing topic. (Facebook)
The reactions to the grand jury’s decision not to indict Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown continue pouring in. New Orleans Saints’ tight end Benjamin Watson has seen nearly 300,000 fans like his take on the disturbing topic.
A transparent Watson expressed a cadre of emotions. He says he’s angry, frustrated, fearful, embarrassed, sad, sympathetic, offended, confused, introspective, hopeless, hopeful and, finally encouraged. Do his words resonate with your heart? Below is what he shared on his Facebook post:
At some point while I was playing or preparing to play Monday Night Football, the news broke about the Ferguson Decision. After trying to figure out how I felt, I decided to write it down. Here are my thoughts:
I’M ANGRY because the stories of injustice that have been passed down for generations seem to be continuing before our very eyes.
I’M FRUSTRATED, because pop culture, music and movies glorify these types of police citizen altercations and promote an invincible attitude that continues to get young men killed in real life, away from safety movie sets and music studios.
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.
I’M EMBARRASSED because the looting, violent protests and law breaking only confirm, and in the minds of many, validate, the stereotypes and thus the inferior treatment.
I’M SAD, because another young life was lost from his family, the racial divide has widened, a community is in shambles, accusations, insensitivity hurt and hatred are boiling over, and we may never know the truth about what happened that day.
Written by Jennifer LeClaire
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