Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Point of View; Empathy for Michael Brown's Mother

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Point of View; Empathy for Michael Brown's Mother

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Byline: James B. Ewers Jr.

Like many people in America, I watched the decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown.

I watched Prosecuting Attorney Robert P. McCulloch render the findings of the grand jury through the lens of a black man, a parent and a grandparent. Losing a child as a result of these circumstances is gut wrenching.

I have been focusing on Lesley McSpadden, the mother of Michael Brown. Every day since the shooting, his mother has had to carry this unimaginable burden of losing her son.

Many years ago, crooner Teddy Pendergrass sang, "Wake up everybody, no more sleeping in bed, no more backward thinking, time for thinking ahead. The world has changed so very much from what it used to be."

HAS THE WORLD CHANGED?

From the day of the shooting, McSpadden has done her best to maintain her poise and her dignity. I can only imagine what she has gone through.

How will she survive? All of us have an opinion and some advice for her. I must believe that she is a believer.

With that as a foundation, she along with her family must look to One who sits high and looks low. As unbearable as this is He will not allow her to suffer without buttressing her with His grace and His mercy.

Death is uncompromising and we will all face it. The problem with this death is that it was highly questionable and suspicious. Now Michael's mom has to relive this tragic set of circumstances each day.

I hope that she will contact the mother of Trayvon Martin and I hope that she will contact the mother of Jordan Davis. Both are the mothers of sons whose lives were cut short by tragic circumstances and poor decisions by adults.

Mothers are nurturers and that is how they live their lives. I suspect the mothers of Michael, Jordan and Trayvon have lost a part of who they are. …

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