Michelle Alexander Tells Her Son About Ferguson

No, sweetheart, you have no need to worry. Most officers are nothing like Officer Wilson. . . . of course Darren Wilson will go to jail.

No, Michelle, you have it wrong. We need more like Officer Wilson. He defended himself and protected the community. Here's how you should have told your son about Ferguson:

Be careful around police because they have daily run-ins with young men who are up to no good, and a disproportionate share of them are young black men. That is not you, I realize, because I'm raising you right, but I want you to be careful. Do not rob convenience stores. When you encounter an officer, be polite and do what he asks you to do. If you think you have been wronged, tell me, and we'll sort it out later. Stop when an officer tells you to stop. Put your hands where the officer can see them. Never charge an officer, and never, ever slug an officer or try to take his gun. That will get you shot dead like Michael Brown.

You're welcome.

The Ferguson Fraud

This is a terrible tragedy. It isn’t a metaphor for police brutality or race repression or anything else, and never was.
— Rich Lowry

I sometimes agree with conservatives. On this Ferguson issue, I have been embarrassed by my fellow liberals. A fair reading of the grand jury transcripts, all of which are available online, will tell you that Officer Wilson acted appropriately to defend himself and protect bystanders. He deserves a medal.

Now did police act foolishly in how they tried to manage the protests in the days after? Yes. And that should be on them, not Officer Wilson.