KCTV reports Officer Marc Catron is one of hundreds of people who posted a photo that they believed to be Michael Brown. But the photo was actually of Oregon murder suspect Joda Cain.
Please boost the hell out of this! I keep seeing the aforementioned photo attached to Mike as “the most damning evidence against his character.” Don’t let racist assholes define his legacy. They’ve already taken his life. #staywoke
I understand the (unfortunate) importance of spreading the word about this, but for heaven’s sake, it’s got absolutely nothing to do with what happened. Even if there is “damning evidence against [Michael Brown’s] character”, he, unarmed, was murdered on grounds that were utterly unlawful. That is all there is to it. His “character” (and anyway, how can that possibly be judged by people who don’t know him as a human being?) should not factor into the situation.
You’re right, it should not. However, as you recognized, we cannot deny the very real racist history of smearing the victim in these situations. As we seek justice for Mike Brown, and the too many others like him, we need to actively attack the culture perpetuated by popular media that says he was worthy of death simply for being young and black. The above photo is just one of many items in a racist’s toolbox that’s led us to this point.