It has been almost a year since Mike Brown, and 18 year old boy was shot and killed and left in the street for 4 hours. His killer, Darren Wilson, was dismissed of all charges. Now, an interview has been conducted to see how Darren Wilson feels today. Let’s take a look at what he says and then put it into the larger context.
Darren Wilson’s childhood actually sounds somewhat of a sob story, though I clearly don’t have much empathy for him. His mother was a thief, and she would steal so much, he opened up two bank accounts to keep from having his mother steal his money.
Given that backstory, one would think that Wilson would also be able to identify with those in lower socio-economic position who may also share narratives similar to him. But as the interview progresses, Wilson forms a wall of separation and makes it more of an us versus them situation. This is due to the racism inside him and the system of the police force.
As I have mentioned in an earlier post, the police department system was founded on the foundation of capturing runaway slaves before the Civil War, also considered protecting the white man’s privilege. The system of white supremacy had been established long before the establishment of Jim Crow, and it evolved and changed to appropriately fit the times. Today, racism is displayed in multiple ways: in the form of inherent biases, microaggressions, and blatant expressions of racism. Racism is far from being a thing of the past, as we continue to see those in power and those who are not oppressed continue to benefit from these systems of oppression. Cops are twice as likely to shoot a black person than a white person, and black children are seen as older and more criminal, even if they are just sitting. Cops also tend to view other people of color as less than and more likely to commit crimes, for instance Hispanic people. They are very open about this, as we have seen with protests to keep the Confederate flags and laws put in effect with the express purpose of putting people in jail.
There are so many people in power who also operate in groups of domestic terrorism. For example, we had five presidents who were member of the KKK. And that’s just ones that were documented. We don’t keep track of the number of those in power who also aim to continue on the legacy of white supremacy, because, frankly, many people who are privileged would rather ignore that this is still a very normal occurrence, as their white privilege so allows.
The reality of cops setting up a view of us versus them has been a long practiced tradition, though people are more likely to ignore this reality. It becomes such a double standard when an actual former cop is validated in telling the truth than communities who continue to face oppression. That alone shows that people in positions of oppression are considered less than, and it allows for the continuance of white supremacy.
Wilson also had previous questionable behavior, exploiting his power with both white and black citizens who knew their rights. His abuse of power had been allowed by the police force because it was never considered as something taboo, because others also used these tactics and enjoyed to.
When asked if he considers Brown, the young man that he killed, a person, he is quoted saying, “Not really, because it doesn’t matter at this point.” For Wilson to not consider Brown as a human being, despite his state of being deceased, is the ultimate form of privilege. He gets to go home to his wife and his child, and while he now has to worry about getting a job in the police force and living his daily life without facing people who disagree with him or would judge him, at least he has that ability to breathe. Regardless of Brown’s alleged criminality, he still took his life. He took the life of an unarmed person, when it wasn’t necessary. He took a son, a cousin, a friend, and so on. He took someone’s crush, someone’s ex boyfriend. He took someone who was going to college, someone who was just about to live independently. And for him to say that it’s irrelevant, isn’t surprising in the slightest, but it shows just how deep the system of white supremacy and anti-blackness goes.