Mothers unite in Clayton for peaceful march against senseless violence
When you find some “senseless violence,” let me know. Otherwise, almost all violence has a reason, even if it is a stupid or TNB reason.
A passionate group of about 250 people, many of them mothers, marched one lap around the St. Louis County Justice Center on Saturday in a protest of senseless violence and a call for unity.
Toting signs like “All Children Matter” and “We Must Evolve,” they stepped forward in silence to the cadence of a slow drumbeat.
They said at least 110 people have been slain in St. Louis so far this year, most of them African-American men.
Talk of the need to evolve implying the lack of evolution in the same shindig as stating that so many black men are murder victims (and also suspects) — Not good PR for these egalitarians.
ReeCee Hartnell, 42, of Centralia, Ill., told the crowd a story about her father, who was in prison for bank robbery during her childhood. She said he later became a respected businessman.
“Do not listen to those who try to justify the killing of criminals,” she said.
First off, who says that we should execute bank robbers? Second, it’s kinda strange that at an event to memorialize the victims of murder, that someone would use the event to editorialize against the death penalty, which is only carried out against murderers.
The march Saturday was organized as a call for justice for Michael Brown and an end to all gun violence in the region.
Cops should let themselves be killed. Right? Well, maybe not all cops; see below.
Amid the signs and speeches, Virginia Gilbert, 67, a retired newspaper reporter, stood in the crowd with a picture of the late University City Police Sgt. Mike King, who was killed on Halloween in 2008 while monitoring traffic in his patrol by the Delmar Loop. Todd L. Shepard, of Berkeley, talked for years of killing police and starting an anti-government revolution, according to testimony at his trial.
“He was shot in the head by a guy with a grudge and a gun because he was a policeman,” said Gilbert, who belonged to the same Presbyterian church as King.
Darren Wilson was a few seconds away from being killed by being smothered and suffocated by a guy who just did a strong-arm robbery and was mentally on edge because this cop was paying too much attention to him. Of course there is no contradiction because there is only the narrative: Black men are cool, white men with an axe to grind against the government aren’t cool.