Remarks of Attorney Benjamin L. Crump At The Funeral Of Michael Brown, Jr.

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Remarks of Attorney Benjamin L. Crump at the Funeral of Michael Brown, Jr.


Michael Brown’s funeral service | August 25, 2014 Full Homegoing

Published on Aug 25, 2014

Watch Michael Brown’s full funeral service, held Monday at Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis

Over One Hundred and Sixty years ago, about ten miles away from where we gather in this great Church to pay our Final Respects to young Michael Brown, The Missouri Supreme Court decided, in “what is still affectingly referred to as “the Old Courthouse,” the Dred Scott Decision.

And the substance of that decision was adopted by the US Supreme Court some five years later, holding that “Persons of African descent cannot be, nor were ever intended to be, citizens under the U.S. Constitution.”

Now one could logically conclude that this manner of thinking followed the precedence of the 1787 Three Fifths Compromise, which said African Americans were to be considered only three-fifths of a man.

But as we pay our final respects to Michael Brown, Jr., we declare today that he was not 3/5’s of a Citizen, he was an American Citizen, because we hold these truths to be self evident that all men are created equal. And because of these truths, we will not accept 3/5’s justice for Michael Brown, Jr, we demand Equal Justice for Michael Brown, Jr.

The parents of Michael Brown are grateful for the outpouring of support and the national attention the unjust killing of their son has garnered. They promise to use this energy to effect real change; not only in Ferguson but in every city in the United States. As they wait for the killer of their son brought to justice, they will not wait ON PROMISES OF CHANGE, but they will work with you the people to make change.

That’s why the parents of Mike Brown are calling on YOU, the people who have been with them from day one, crying, praying, and marching: to help them stop another Mike Brown,

stop another Amadoud Diollo from happening in NY,
stop another Martin Lee Anderson from happening in Florida,
stop another Sean Bell from happening in New York,
stop another Oscar Grant from happening in California,
stop another Jonathan Farrell from happening in NC,
stop another Chavis Carter from happening in Arkansas,
stop another Kendrick Johnson from happening in Georgia,
stop another Robbie Tolan from happening in Texas,
stop another Leon Ford Jr. in Pennsylvania
stop another Howard Morgan from happening in Illinois,
stop another Alesia Thomas from happening in California,
stop another Jordan Davis for Jacksonville
stop another Trayvon Martin in Sanford
stop another Emmitt Till, Money, Mississippi
and all the other young nameless men of color who have been victims of senseless gun violence and police brutality.

Join them in DEMANDING THE MANDATORY WEARING OF BODY CAMERAS AND THE MANDATORY USE OF DASH CAMERAS in every U.S. police department so we don’t have to guess what happened or rely on eyewitnesses. We can have the transparency the people in Ferguson so desperately want. What American Citizens of Color so desperately want! What all American Citizens who say they care about Justice and Due Process of the Law, should desperately want. And this would be how we pay our Final

Respects to young Michael Brown, Jr.!

Finally, I want to thank the young people for the Michael Brown Campaign, making it clear what this is about. If I have my hands up, don’t shoot me!

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  1. This is so sad, so tragic. Where. Will. It. End? It’s got to stop. These men have value. Michael Brown had a future. Trayvon Martin could’ve made great strides in discovering the cure for cancer, for all we know. Yet, we will never know. Last night, I watched the film Fruitvale Station. Heartwrenching, frustrating, it made me so angry. Oscar was robbed of the love of his family, the love of his little girl and she of him. It’s got to stop.


  2. “But as we pay our final respects to Michael Brown, Jr., we declare today that he was not 3/5’s of a Citizen, he was an American Citizen, because we hold these truths to be self evident that all men are created equal.”

    There;s the crux of the matter. 3/5ths a citizen. I never knew about that before this week. But deep in the consciousness of America – the 3/5ths rule has applied, even if people never knew about it.

    Today on the BBC world service a black police woman in St Louise was interviewed (anonymously) and she spoke of being “just outside” the rest of the police force. She felt excluded from so much in her work environment. She wanted to help and make a difference but she felt powerless to do so. 3/5ths again.

    Let’s hope that some good will come from this.


    • The implication Mr. Crump made about the ‘three-fifths Compromise’ is incorrect and irresponsible. It was not a ‘precedence’- nor it had any logical relation to Taney’s opinion given in the Dred Scott decision…

      That compromise was the only political tool available to the abolitionists in Congress to hamper the slave states from gaining further power in this country (something you can still see amiss today, and just this past month). To disproportion its intent only wedges any further closure that can be attained in the present world, hence the irresponsibility of such a statement.

      What Mr. Crump could have emphasized upon was Taney’s source of his opinion- the work of Charles Pickney (rep. South Car), a chap that probably owed his life to the ‘Chasseurs-Volontaires de Saint-Domingue’, the all-black Haitian unit during the War of Independence that saved many colonial militias from annihilation during the ‘Siege of Savannah’ and instead caused his imprisonment but to later live-on as part of our Congress. It is from the ‘Fugitive Slave Act’ he helped enact that Taney was inspired to comment:

      “…the affirmative of these propositions cannot be maintained…” [thus the Constitution views all blacks as] “beings of an inferior order, and altogether unfit to associate with the white race, either in social or political relations, and so far inferior that they had no rights which the white man was bound to respect.”

      That is what should be looked upon with contempt as historical fact.

      BTW, you may also find interesting that Pickney’s work was a reaction to the Somerset v. Stewart decision handed down in Britain in 1772 by William Murray -1st Earl of Mansfield- and uncle to Dido Elizabeth Belle (the one they just made the movie about in May).



  3. No parent should ever be in those pews for that reason. Burying a child has got to be one of the hardest things ever. And the circumstances of this young man’s death, and that of all too many other young black men, is unconscionable. Pile that on top of the blatant disrespect shown Michael Brown in death, as in life, and to his family and his community with the false ‘information’ and smear tactics, and suppression of any FACTS, makes this sickening beyond words.
    And as if this weren’t enough, a few days later, a few miles away, it happened again. How many happened all over this nation, between these two, that we DON’T hear about? How many are happening now?
    If a Muslim terrorist had been responsible for the death of an American in the street, the RWNJ MSM would be screaming, “Where are the moderates, condemning this behavior??”
    I’ll ask the same of those currently in law enforcement. Where are the moderate voices WITHIN the LEO community, condemning this SHIT?
    I’ll wait right here for the flood of responses.


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