Morning Joe: Michael Brown Was A Thug

"Somebody needs to tell me why Michael Brown has been chosen as the face of black oppression."

Coming out for their Sunday game, the St. Louis Rams had their arms up in the "don't shoot" Michael Brown protest position, leading Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough to begin Monday's show with a rant about media coverage of Ferguson and those who are making Michael Brown a hero. "This was the final straw for me. I have sat here quietly and listened to BS being spewed all over this network and all over other networks."

Scarborough went on to compare the case to the Travon Martin situation implying that Michael Brown was a thug like George Zimmerman was a thug, and the media was ratcheting up tensions by ignoring the results of the grand jury and using the discredited account of Brown's friend, who was also his accomplice in robbing the convenience store. Scarborough's rant is sure to raise the ire of some of the other MSNBC hosts. 

Scarborough: You don't hear me usually blaming the media for stuff, but it's been extraordinarily irresponsible over the past several months -- and what the media has let pass as narrative, we saw play out yesterday on an NFL football field.

Deutsch: I'm puzzled about it. Can you explain that? I missed something. The guys coming out like this.

Scarborough: Guys came out "Hands up, don't shoot" for the St. Louis Rams. Here's a video of it. And what is so remarkable is they might as well come out with a flying saucer attached to all of their heads, in solidarity of Michael Brown being transported to Venus on a flying saucer. Because that happened as much as that [Michael Brown putting his hands up] happened. And that's according to grand jury testimony. That's according to witnesses. They are using his accomplice in the robbery that was with him at the time, who also claimed that Michael Brown was shot in the back. And for some reason, the media attaches to these narratives that will stir up further protests. 

I got to say, I got to a tipping point this weekend. There's another story in Cleveland where a young boy tragically was shot dead. Police officers got a 911 call he was waving a gun scaring the blank out of everybody in this public park. Police officers came up, stopped, shot the young boy. He was 12 years old. They had taken off the markings to make it look like a toy gun. It was an actual gun. Do you know what "The New York Times" put in the caption the video? Police officers shoot child with toy.

I don't know exactly who puts those, attaches those; we are doing such a grave disservice to police officers in this country by pushing a narrative. They are going around looking to shoot and kill black people. Somebody has to tell me, something somebody needs to tell me why Michael Brown has been chosen as the face of black oppression.

I see actually a reverse of what happened in Trayvon. Right-wingers cling to this nasty thuggish guy that chased a young black man through a neighborhood simply because he was black. He was guilty. Trayvon was guilty of walking while being black. And my right wing nut job friends all embraced George Zimmerman, a thug. If you don't think he's a thug, ask the women who lived with him. He's a thug. And right-wingers embraced George Zimmerman as a hero and in so doing they humiliated themselves.

There are so many great people to embrace as heroes in the black community that are deciding you're going to embrace a guy that knocked over a convenience store and then according to grand jury testimony acted in ways that would get my children shot on Staten Island, or in Queens, or in Brooklyn, that's your hero? That's the reason you want to burn down black businesses that small business owners in Ferguson have worked their entire lives for? That's why you want to block African-American commuters with five children going to work in the bay area and get them fired? Really? This is your mission in life?

Donnie, I’m sorry. This was the final straw for me. I have sat here quietly and listened to BS being spewed all over this network and all over other networks. I can't take it anymore. I will say what I said last week. And I say this not to black children across America. Because as I have said repeatedly on this show time and time again to people like Gene Robinson, there are two justice systems in America. A young black man is treated much worse than a young white man on the street, in the courtroom, in jail. There are two Americas when it comes to criminal justice. I have said that repeatedly.

But, Donnie, in this case, if my child or your child knocked over a convenience store and then went down the middle of the street shouting profanities at a police officer -- let's just say in Staten Island, in Queens -- and then went into the car and started punching the police officer and grabbing for his gun, he would probably be shot in the car.