Back in December of 2014, this makeshift shrine was struck by a car and destroyed.
Only a day after a car struck this monument, a police spokesman was suspended for referring to this memorial as a "pile of trash."
|A memorial in the middle of the road? Yes, it does look like a "pile of trash"|
This spokesman was being too kind in calling the Michael Brown Memorial, littering the middle of Canfield Drive in Ferguson a "pile of trash," but the full context of Officer Timothy Zoll's quote that got him suspended is a hilarious reminder of the insanity of the whole Ferguson War Journal:
"I don't know that a crime has occurred. But a pile of trash in the middle of the street? The Washington Post is making a call over this?"The Washington Post long ago sided with the Michael Brown version of what occurred on August 9 in Ferguson, so anyone daring to besmirch or soil the memory of the gentlest of giants need be immediately reminded of their station in life (in fairness to Officer Zoll, the Michael Brown Memorial looks more like what Ian Malcolm said in Jurassic Park when viewing the triceratops droppings -- "That is one big pile of shit.")
Why no one has thought to close Canfield Drive in Ferguson so the Michael Brown Memorial located in the middle of the road can forever rest undisturbed is beyond me, for those arguing the shrine should be removed are threatening the fragile stability in the heavily black city. [FERGUSON MULLS REMOVING BROWN SHRINE FROM MIDDLE OF STREET, Associated Press, 5-5-15]:
To some, a makeshift shrine in the middle of the Ferguson street where Michael Brown was killed last summer is a hallowed symbol of a new civil rights movement over race and policing. To others, it has served its purpose and is now more of an eyesore and a road hazard.
Within hours of Brown's Aug. 9 shooting death by a white police officer, people began placing stuffed animals, candles and other tributes in the middle of Canfield Drive, where the unarmed black 18-year-old's body lay for about four hours before it was removed.
The shrine stretches several yards down the center of the two-lane road that bisects a housing complex, and city leaders are grappling with the thorny question of whether to remove or replace it and risk further inflaming racial tensions in the 21,000-resident St. Louis suburb, which is two-thirds black. Another section of the shrine sits along the curb a few yards away.
"It's a very sensitive topic," says Janie Jones, a black, Washington-based mediator who says she has been working behind the scenes with Ferguson municipal leaders and the Brown family on how to clear out the memorial without agitating the black community.
"It represents a community's cry for justice - not just for Michael Brown, but for people all over the world," Jones told The Associated Press on Monday. "The city has some serious decisions to make going forward."
Ferguson Mayor James Knowles III, while appreciative of the memorial's status as a nexus of protests and prayers, said it is now a public safety issue that comes with "any time you leave items in the middle of the roadway." Knowles, who is white, pointed to last Christmas Day, when an unidentified motorist - whether intentionally or accidentally - plowed through the shrine. Neighbors and Brown supporters swiftly cleaned up the damage and rebuilt the site.
The Michael Brown Memorial in the middle of Canfield Drive in Ferguson resembles the infamous pile of triceratops feces as seen (and infamously defined by Ian Malcolm) in Jurassic Park
During a Ferguson City Council meeting last month - the first since city elections tripled black representation on the governing board that had been largely white - Jones proposed replacing the shrine with a permanent dove-shaped marker embedded in the street.
That would "take a very tragic situation and use it as a teachable moment to encourage community healing and symbolize the unity that is very much needed," said Jones, president and CEO of the Joint Council on Policy and Social Impact.
"The way we deal with this memorial is how we move forward in Ferguson, because that memorial represents the best and the worst of Ferguson."
Jones said Brown's mother wants a portion of the road where the memorial rests carved out and repaved because "she feels like her son's blood is still in the streets."
For the "pile of trash" resting on Canfield Drive represents unfulfilled dreams to blacks nationwide, stolen by a racist white cop shooting an unarmed black who merely had his hands up... [Actors quit L.A. 'Ferguson' play, question writer's motives, Los Angeles Times, 4-23-15]:
Veteran actor Philip Casnoff hadn't read the full script yet when he arrived for the first rehearsal of "Ferguson," a play chronicling the shooting of Michael Brown by a Missouri police officer.
Casnoff thought he knew what the play, set for a four-day staged reading starting Sunday at the Odyssey Theater, would be about: the wilderness of testimony the grand jury navigated while investigating the day Officer Darren Wilson fatally shot the unarmed 18-year-old. Casnoff presumed a variety of viewpoints, the fog of truth.
Then he read the script, which tells the story that Brown didn't have his hands up and that he charged at Wilson.
Now, in a case of art imitating life, the play is experiencing the kind of ill will and mistrust that erupted from the city it attempts to portray. Part of the 13-member cast is in revolt — Casnoff and four others have quit — as the playwright and actors are locked in a fundamental disagreement over how to tell the story of Brown's death.
Though the grand jury declined to indict Wilson after some witnesses and physical evidence supported his account of events, the tone of the play shocked some actors.
"It felt like the purpose of the piece was to show, 'Of course he was not indicted — here's why,'" Casnoff said. He said that after he learned who the play's author was, Casnoff, who describes himself as "very liberal, left-wing-leaning," thought, "Whoa, this is not the place for me to be."The events of August 9, 2014 in Ferguson have set in motion a serious movement across America, culminating with the black mayor of 65 percent black Baltimore ordering the black Police Commissioner to tell his 43 percent black police force to stand down and let black people loot and riot (all the while, united black gangs steered those black rioters to loot/riot/burn non-black owned businesses).
In my mind, a permanent memorial should be placed on Canfield Drive in Ferguson, but it will not go to honor or remember Michael Brown: instead, it will go to honor former Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, who simply did exactly what he was trained to do on August 9, 2014 and inadvertently exposed the reality of blackness for those willing to see.
Before the serious movement Brown's death launched, you'll be shocked by the number of people finally willing to see this reality.