He wasn’t it’s that simple.
Nothing wrong with pointing that out, it adds background to a situation.
However, it busts the “gentle giant” narrative…
“Michael Brown, 18, due to be buried on Monday, was no angel, with public records and interviews with friends and family revealing both problems and promise in his young life,”
And it upsets people, for some reason…
The flood of #ideservedit tweets is reminiscent of the popularity of an earlier hash tag, #iftheygunnedmedown, which cropped up in the days after Brown was killed. Users tweeted the hash tag alongside two photos of themselves, each illustrating the user in a different light, asking which photo media would publish if they were killed by police.
The media has been implicated alongside police in the character assassination of Brown following his shooting death. Some publications have drawn flak for biased reporting, for their photo choices, or for an emphasis on an autopsy finding of marijuana in Brown’s system. For their part, Ferguson police came under scrutiny after they released surveillance footage of a robbery Brown allegedly committed, only later clarifying that the incident was unrelated to Brown’s shooting.
This insanity came later…
Times Public Editor Margaret Sullivan wrote in a post on Monday afternoon that the “no angel” term was “an ill-chosen phrase” :
“In my view, the timing of the article (on the day of Mr. Brown’s funeral) was not ideal. Its pairing with a profile of Mr. Wilson seemed to inappropriately equate the two people. And “no angel” was a blunder,” Sullivan wrote.
Sullivan also interviewed the reporter who wrote the article, John Eligon, who said he agrees “no angel” was a poor choice of words. Eligon also said he pressed editors on another part of the article that’s drawn crticism – Brown’s interest in rap.
“Rapping is just rapping. It’s not indicative of someone’s character,” Eligon told Sullivan.
Except when the rapper thinks he lives it.
This absurdity came from his funeral…
Family members and friends reflecting on their memories of “Mike Mike” recalled him saying, “One day, the world will know my name.”
“Michael was a big guy, but he was a kind, gentle soul, and before he left this Earth, the day that he was killed, he was out spreading the word of Jesus Christ,” a family friend said.
Here is a photo of him healing a sinner….