Benjamin Watson’s take on Ferguson goes viral

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Benjamin Watson, a tight end for the New Orleans Saints, took to Facebook to share his thoughts on the Darren Wilson case and the lack of an indictment by a grand jury.

Watson’s opinion is going viral and being hailed as objective and honest.

“At some point while I was playing or preparing to play Monday Night Football, the news broke about the Ferguson Decision. After trying to figure out how I felt, I decided to write it down. Here are my thoughts:

I’M ANGRY because the stories of injustice that have been passed down for generations seem to be continuing before our very eyes.

I’M FRUSTRATED, because pop culture, music and movies glorify these types of police citizen altercations and promote an invincible attitude that continues to get young men killed in real life, away from safety movie sets and music studios.

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.

I’M EMBARRASSED because the looting, violent protests, and law breaking only confirm, and in the minds of many, validate, the stereotypes and thus the inferior treatment.

I’M SAD, because another young life was lost from his family, the racial divide has widened, a community is in shambles, accusations, insensitivity hurt and hatred are boiling over, and we may never know the truth about what happened that day.

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 OFFENDED, because of the insulting comments I’ve seen that are not only insensitive but dismissive to the painful experiences of others.

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.

I’M INTROSPECTIVE, because sometimes I want to take “our” side without looking at the facts in situations like these. Sometimes I feel like it’s us against them. Sometimes I’m just as prejudiced as people I point fingers at. And that’s not right. How can I look at white skin and make assumptions but not want assumptions made about me? That’s not right.

I’M HOPELESS, because I’ve lived long enough to expect things like this to continue to happen. I’m not surprised and at some point my little children are going to inherit the weight of being a minority and all that it entails.

I’M HOPEFUL, because I know that while we still have race issues in America, we enjoy a much different normal than those of our parents and grandparents. I see it in my personal relationships with teammates, friends and mentors. And it’s a beautiful thing.

I’M ENCOURAGED, because ultimately the problem is not a SKIN problem, it is a SIN problem. SIN is the reason we rebel against authority. SIN is the reason we abuse our authority. SIN is the reason we are racist, prejudiced and lie to cover for our own. SIN is the reason we riot, loot and burn. BUT I’M ENCOURAGED because God has provided a solution for sin through the his son Jesus and with it, a transformed heart and mind. One that’s capable of looking past the outward and seeing what’s truly important in every human being. The cure for the Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice and Eric Garner tragedies is not education or exposure. It’s the Gospel. So, finally, I’M ENCOURAGED because the Gospel gives mankind hope.”


  • Sherry

    I once sat next to a Black preacher on a plane flight. We had a discussion and we both agreed it was not a skin color problem it was a sin problem.

  • William H. Deaughn

    as a white man who grew up in the throws of the worst civil rights mess any country has ever known to free a race of people who had for centuries been oppressed and belittled and killed for simply wanting to live free,…..I could not agree more whole heartedly with any single person as I agree with Mr. Watson’s statement herein! ay God have mercy on us all and I implore all Americans to listen to this message and act accordingly!

  • Faith

    On his Facebook page many commenters wrote: what you said is so incredible…except for the “Jesus stuff.” I wish people would understand that it IS the “Jesus stuff” (Jesus) that gives him the heart and mind to be able to rise above all the pain, frustration, fleshly desires to get revenge and blame and see it from a GOD VIEW. THAT’s what everyone is so attracted to and astounded by. That is God speaking. I wish this country understood that. And that is what was wrong with electing a non-Christian as our first black president. He has the wrong heart to heal this country.

    • Arthur Clark

      You destroyed all the positive and uplifting effects of your commentary by making one unfounded and mean-spirited accusation about our president. He actually has displayed the characteristics of a Christian ethos (Gal 5:22)). Perhaps you need to check YOURSELF.

    • Samuel

      You couldn’t just complete your comment without taking a shot at the President. The fact that you said that simply indicate that you knew nothing of how Crusaders kill people in the name of God. If you are a Christian, go back and read the bible how Paul, then Saul persecute the church going people all in the name of God. The folks that came here to escape persecution did really bad things in the name of God. So, to say that the President is a non-christian doesn’t mean much when it comes to preventing these things. Presidents who were christian did horrible things. We need to just recognize this for what it is, a sin problem, regardless of who is in office

  • Ron

    Who the hell cares what you think? Like YOUR thoughts matter more than mine or anyone else’s. Stick to doing what you do best, playing football.

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