Now that he’s gotten away with fatally shooting the unarmed Black teenager Michael Brown, Darren Wilson has started to step out in order to tell “his side of the story.” Similarly, other public figures are doing their part to ultimately assist Wilson in the shared goal of humanizing him. It’s an exercise in futility.
In a single interview Darren Wilson appears no less the monster many of us have pegged him to be, based on his actions and the ridiculous testimony he gave the grand jury in defense of it. If anything, we’re only more angered by the defiance he continued to display in his interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos.
Wilson disparages the area where he shot Michael Brown and let his dead body rot in the streets for several hours for residents to see yet assures Stephanopoulous that there is no racial bias, arguing “Ferguson loves Ferguson.” There is no remorse for what he did as he explains that when it comes to the federal investigation into his actions, “I stand by what I did. I stand by my training, and just have to wait and see what they determine.”
Darren Wilson’s lawyers also make clear that he will not apologize to Michael Brown’s family. One member of his four-person legal team, James Towey, argued to The Washington Post, “Even if he gave the most heartfelt apology, they’d still not like it.” Maybe not, but an attempt to make an act of contrition is a testament to one’s character.
The entire scope of the article is to make us feel bad for Darren Wilson’s life following him ending the life of Michael Brown. He can no longer be a cop. He has become “the poster child for bad race relations.” He lives in hiding.
Boo hoo, blah, blah, I don’t give a damn.
At least he’s alive. He’s married, he’s got a baby on the way, and he’s secured both a nice retirement package and in excess of a million dollars from donations. People have rewarded him for taking the life of an unarmed Black teenager.
And thanks to one biased special prosecutor and his team of police-loving, equally morally bankrupt flunkies, Darren Wilson won’t even be charged for his crimes in the state of Missouri.
Forgive me if it’s hard to feel sorry for him.
Yet, that’s what some are calling on. This week on The View, Nicolle Wallace carried on with the notion that the onus that Michael Brown’s death falls on Michael Brown. During a segment, she argued, that Brown was “no Trayvon Martin” and added, “I’m scared that in the last 48 hours the conversation has grown intolerant of anyone like me willing to see Darren Wilson as a human being.”
It’s similar to New Orleans Saints’ tight end Benjamin Watson’s post on Facebook about the decision, which has since come viral.
A portion of it reads:
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.
Guest host Laverne Cox countered this point as well, noting:
“Watching the interview, it was bizarre for me because we understand that a lot of his account of what happened doesn’t match up with the physical evidence that we do have. There didn’t seem to be any sense of humanity in him that a person has been lost. I was looking for signs. Even if you feel like the killing is justified, where is the sense that a life has been lost? That a family has lost their child.”
Darren Wilson doesn’t deserve the luxury of being perceived as a “human being” unless you’re talking about the subcategory of sociopath. He does not even say he’s sorry that someone died. Even if he felt like he was in the right, after hearing residents of the very community to whom he was instructed to protect and serve say they felt persecuted and ostracized, why not utter a single “I’m sorry” or advocate for better relations? Darren Wilson feels nothing and he should be treated as such.
Humanity begets humanity so if Darren Wilson is not able to express any bit of it after seeing the consequences of his actions, I’ll look at him the same way he admittedly looked at Michael Brown: as a demon.