To many observers, Michael Brown’s deαth at the hands of police officer Darren Wilson was either 100% the fault of the unarmed teen or 100% the fault of the officer who shot him. According to one NFL player, however, the situation was probably more complicated than that.
New Orleans Saints tight end Benjamin Watson took to Facebook to express the many nuances of this case. In doing so, he contrasted those who believe that every issue we face is black and white, leaving no room for more nuanced assessments.
In his post, Watson explained why he’s sympathetic, fearful and confused by the events that led up to the deαth of Michael Brown and the aftermath.
I’M SYMPATHETIC, because I wasn’t there so I don’t know exactly what happened. Maybe Darren Wilson acted within his rights and duty as an officer of the law and killed Michael Brown in self defense like any of us would in the circumstance. Now he has to fear the backlash against himself and his loved ones when he was only doing his job. What a horrible thing to endure. OR maybe he provoked Michael and ignited the series of events that led to him eventually murdering the young man to prove a point…
I’M CONFUSED, because I don’t know why it’s so hard to obey a policeman. You will not win!!! And I don’t know why some policeman abuse their power. Power is a responsibility, not a weapon to brandish and lord over the populace.
He also worries about how he and other black men are treated by police:
I’M FEARFUL because in the back of my mind I know that although I’m a law abiding citizen I could still be looked upon as a “threat” to those who don’t know me. So I will continue to have to go the extra mile to earn the benefit of the doubt.
In the end, the football player puts his trust in God: “God has provided a solution for sin through the his son Jesus and with it, a transformed heart and mind.”