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The Ferguson Blemish and its Implications

The failure of a Grand Jury in Ferguson, Missouri, United States(US), to indict white police officer, Darren Wilson for the 6-shot death of unarmed Black teenager Michael Brown, is a blemish upon the US in the International arena of human rights. It is embarrassing and it is a shame since this democracy has championed human rights and equality on the World stage.

Yet, the failure of the grand jury to indict the policeman in the racially charged shooting could serve as that final event that sets into motion full resources, attention and resolution to righting the racial frontier that still plagues too large a swath of America. Michael Brown's unarmed death should push police departments across the US to review their selection, hiring and training of police. Too often have Black minorities in American been the victims of police shootings. 

And if there are deniers to the need for police review across the US, last Sunday's police shooting death of another Black American boy, 12, in Cleveland, Ohio, underscores the need for immediate action to prevent trigger edgy police from killing more Black youths. That this 12-year-old died after allegedly brandishing a toy gun on a playground, is repulsive especially in light of prior police stand-offs with white gun-toting adults. The disparity of the high number of police shootings of Black people in the US prompted the United Nations(UN) this past August to call for an end to the excessive use of force by police against minorities.

The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination(CERD) declared: "Racial and ethnic discrimination remains a serious and persistent problem in all areas of life from de facto school segregation, access to health care and housing," Reuters attributed to CERD vice-chairman Noureddine Amir, speaking in Geneva, Switzerland. 

So, while Michael Brown's father should be commended for his restraint and his trust of the system for justice for his slain son, maybe, just maybe, Michael Brown's death could signal the beginning of an era of just and equal protection of the law and police treatment of minorities.