This country has a history of racism that exists today in a very real way. People of color are profiled in ways that a white person could never even imagine. You can view online hundreds of police interactions with "aggressive and dangerous" white guys that are not shot to their death when they fight with police officers. There is a huge disparity in the treatment that white criminals and black criminals experience and there are pages and pages of legitimate research to prove it.
With all of this said, I do not believe that Micheal Brown was some nice kid in the wrong place at the wrong time. He was doing illegal things and exhibiting behaviors which should have gotten him arrested. And if my husband, brother, or friend was in the same situation as Darren Wilson I would want him to do everything possible to protect himself. I just do not feel that the excessive amount of force used to finish off a kid that was unarmed and had no previous record at all was necessary. Again, I was not there, but it seems a bit suspect to me.
Finally, the riots and chaos that have ensued since the verdict are depressing and unconscionable, but are simply another symptom of a culture that feels completely at a loss in their own country. There are too many black men (and women) in prison, too many stories like this one to feel like it is coincidental anymore. The perpetuation of poverty, inequities in justice, and embedded racism in our society are to blame and if you don't believe me, read about it, please.
My heart goes out to Micheal Brown's family and also Darren Wilson's. Both families have a great deal of tragedy to deal with and I hope that they can find peace in this difficult time.