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Officer Darren Wilson’s Racial Identity

Darren Wilson has been identified by the Ferguson police department as the officer who shot and killed Michael Brown.

In the past hour I have heard conflicting statements about Officer Wilson’s racial identity. Some people say he is white. Others say he is black. I have based my understanding of what happened on the eyewitness statements which say that he is white. You can watch news interviews of the two witnesses here.

I am in contact with a friend who works at Amnesty International and is currently in Ferguson to conduct nonviolence trainings for the community.  An Amnesty researcher is currently investigating this discrepancy. I will let you know what I find out.

And I will also write another post addressing the reports about Michael Brown being a suspect in a convenience store robbery after I read more about this development.

UPDATE: I haven’t heard back from my friend at Amnesty yet but this CNN article states: “Brown was African-American; Wilson is white.” CNN could be mistaken in its reporting but I think this article is probably reliable.

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8 comments on “Officer Darren Wilson’s Racial Identity

  1. Judi L
    August 15, 2014

    There was a post earlier today in twitter and Facebook from officer Darren Wilson who is an 18- year veteran of the St. Louis City police force, and an African American. He was trying to distinguish himself from the officer in Ferguson if the same name, who is white. You can call St. Louis PD to verify if what I saw is true.

    • janeewoods
      August 16, 2014

      Thank you. That’s good information. My friend at Amnesty also said that they believe he is white too, based on their research.

  2. David Jones
    August 19, 2014

    Perhaps I’m just dense, but please be patient with me. I don’t write this with any spirit of belligerence or intentional disrespect. My question is: why does the Darren Wilson’s race matter, while the Michael Brown’s involvement in a robbery does not? I haven’t followed the story much (too many voices, speaking too loudly, too hastily, insufficient coherence of accounts, etc.). What elements of the different accounts do all parties involved agree upon?

    Best regards,
    David

    • Marc
      August 19, 2014

      This is a sad situation because I fear unless the black community wakes up, then of thousands of more black Americans are going to needlessly die; but I also want to deal with the FACTS. A criminal is someone who commits a crime; like the robbery Michael Brown and his friend committed earlier in the day before he was contacted by the police.

      Several of the local neighbors are admitting that Brown attacked the cop in his patrol car and tried to take his gun. A cell phone video from one of the neighbors captures some neighbors talking about this and them describing that a shot was fired in the patrol car during that struggle. Brown took off running, was chased on foot, and then turned and “bumrushed” the officer again wherein he was shot again.

      http://www.ijreview.com/…/169172-officer-wilsons…/

      https://mobile.twitter.com/…/statuses/501556693382094848

      And as MANY GOOD CITIZENS of the local community are saying, I’m still trying to figure out how stealing TVs and electronics, burning businesses, throwing rocks at reporters, and committing more crimes is helpful to the situation like Mr. Gentry says in the following:

      http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=1WJQh0qJPiU

      http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=oTUqOBJsRdg

      Brown’s partner Johnson is claiming Brown was choked by one hand while the cop was INSIDE the car — seriously! Brown was somewhere around 6′ 5″ tall and almost 300lbs. Are we to believe that cops are trained to drive up next to a suspect and instead of making it easier to arrest them by getting out of your car, instead try and grab him by the throat through your window…please.

      And Johnson says Brown was shot in the back while fleeing, but the autopsy facts show this to be just another fabrication as well — no shots in the back were found. So Johnson is lying.

      How is a cop supposed to deal with a subject who is fighting for his gun and outweighs him by a hundred pounds? And before you answer, have you ever tried it? What would you do?

      Again, the best solution to all of this is what Mr. Gentry has said: http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=1WJQh0qJPiU

      The bottom line is this: If you don’t commit crimes, the police don’t try to arrest you. If you don’t fight with the cops, you don’t get tazed, pepper sprayed, or shot.

      FBI statistics show there were 420 police shootings in 2012. 30% percent of those shot by police were black. MORE BLACKS WERE KILLED IN THE CITY OF CHICAGO ALONE THAT YEAR BY OTHER BALCKS…not the police or anyone else! Where is the outrage for those murders? The marching…the media coverage…the Al Sharptons and the rest?? And where are the fathers and mothers in these homes?

      The sad truth is that our brothers and sisters in the black community are being destroyed from within….not from without. Fatherless homes, multiplied millions of abortions, the celebration of criminal behavior, out of wedlock births, etc are the real culprit along with a continual mindset of victimization which mentally enslaves them into an existence of poverty, criminality, and moral decline.

      Blacks only make up about 13% of the population and yet from 1976 to 2005 they committed more than half of all the murders in the nation.

      As Ben Carson says so well, there’s a real problem going on and its destroying that community from within: http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=yFV2IJyI9fo

      According to many, solid, caring black leaders, the problem is exactly as I’ve presented…it’s an inherent one predicated upon a now repetitive, generational cycle of amorality and broken homes. Again, you should listen to men like Jesse Peterson, Jonathan Gentry, Ben Carson, etc who speak from personal experience and are interested in actually helping the black community instead of just perpetuating the problem.

      The ‘main stream’ media ISN’T reporting all the facts; they’re only reporting the items which are assisting them in perpetuating the problem and feeding the flames of racism, criminality, and the continued oppression of the black community. It’s very sad, because real families and real human lives hang in the balance while they spend the majority of their time and resources on building careers and platforms and pushing their ideological errancies.

      You should really do yourself a favor and take just five minutes and listen to something like the following: http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=yFV2IJyI9fo

      Janee wrote an article titled: 12 Things White People Can Do Now Because [of] Ferguson: “Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenage boy, was gunned down by the police while walking to his grandmother’s house in the middle of the afternoon.” — Wrong, he was fleeing from a robbery he had just committed and decided to try and take a cop’s pistol. These are two completely different things.

      She continued to say, “I am challenging white people to consider carefully whether failing to speak out or act because of those fears is justified when white silence and inaction mean the oppression and death of black people.” — How about challenging black people to consider that THEY are the number one murderers of their own people? It’s not the ‘inaction’ and ‘silence’ of me (the white guy) which is causing the black community to be rampantly traumatized with homicidal repetitiveness!

      She said, “White people CREATED and, for the most part, CURRENTLY MAINTAIN (whether they want to or not) the racist system that benefits white people to the detriment of people of color.” – Say huh? I do??? The last time I checked, I haven’t …my family hasn’t….my closest friends and relatives haven’t….my neighbors haven’t….in fact, nobody I’ve ever known on more than an acquaintance level has ever exercised intentional, overt racism … EVER! White, brown, black or otherwise.

      She continued, “This list is a good place to start your fight to dismantle racial inequity and shine a light on the oppressive structures that lead to yet another extrajudicial killing of a black person.” – This wasn’t an ‘extrajudicial killing’ of a black person. This cop didn’t go to work that day looking for an excuse to put bullets into some black person because he was so full of racial hatred and vile acrimony; he was responding to criminal activity.

      And who is she to tell all the ‘white’ people what it is they are supposed to do about the things going on inside the homes and communities of black Americans; things which most of us have absolutely no control over whatsoever? Perhaps she should write an article called: 12 Things Black People Can Do Now Because [of] Fergusun and listen to the black leadership that has been asking the black community to make a change from within —where it will do the most good!

      Maybe she should ask Planned Parenthood to stop setting up shop predominantly in these impoverished black communities and end their practice of slaughtering millions upon millions of black babies; more than any other race in America by far!! Maybe she should tell them to stop shooting each other, robbing from each other, and raping each other. The NUMBER ONE perpetrator of all black victims is another black American; not me or another ‘white’ guy.

      Is there any chance whatsoever, that you and others can stop for a second and consider the possibility that race DOESN’T HAVE anything to do with it? And that’s the point….because as soon as the shooter is white and the victim is black than race is AUTOMATICALLY the only option for some. But that’s not the case.

      And I am not making it as simple as I SEE it, I’m trying to get people to listen to those who have lived it and understand it way better than me; just watch some of the interviews I’ve posted and get informed from them directly!

      The black community is in a dire, detrimental spin into complete sociological breakdown. Something HAS to be done from within their own ranks; and it desperately needs to be done NOW!

  3. kristlsmithtyler
    August 19, 2014

    David Jones – Darren Wilson’s race matters because — ALL OF AMERICAN HISTORY.

    Brown’s strong arm actions don’t matter because the officer didn’t know about it when he killed him. Had he known, it would have been a mitigating factor. As far as the officer knew, Brown’s only offense was jaywalking. I can’t imagine how any officer could decide that jaywalking is a capital offense.

    • David
      August 21, 2014

      If Brown did rob the store (a crime for which he hasn’t been tried and convicted), do you think that act would have affected Brown’s frame of mind while interacting with police? Also, did Brown attack Wilson? I can’t get a fix on this. People say different things.

  4. miriam
    August 20, 2014

    Thanks for your article highlighting the active role that white people have in challenging racism.you make important observations about how many white people remain unmoved by what happens to others who they/we do not identify with or share empathy with. Racism as with all forms of persecution, sets people off against each other, creates sides and illusions that our differences are greater than our shared humanity. Clearly they are not. Where I part company with your analysis is that you also draw lines between white and black people as one group being allies to the ‘other’ group, preserving the false racial lines of division across which we must struggle to reach out to each other as though the prism of racism is were real when it is an illusion that stokes fear. Racism is a prism through which we all view each other with ‘black’ and ‘white’ occupying differentiated spokes on the wheel of power and privilege. We ARE all in it together, differentially damaged and differentially able to work together, acknowledge the damaged psyche of us all and with the potential to dispel the cruel illusions.

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