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Letter: Michael Brown was not a hero, not a victim of racism

Letter: Michael Brown was not a hero, not a victim of racism

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Michael Brown memorial on Canfield Drive in Ferguson

Milwaukee Excellence Charter School students Tucson Harris-Hughes (left), 12, and Taliya Wilbert, 14, read the plaque along Canfield Drive in Ferguson that severs as a memorial to Michael Brown on Friday, May 17, 2019. The plaque and a bronze dove further down the street were installed in 2015. The memorial plaque on Canfield Drive has become a place of pilgrimage where individuals and groups in tour buses often stop by to pay their respects to Brown and the protests that occurred in 2014. Photo by David Carson,

Regarding Tony Messenger’s column “Michael Brown is woven into the history of race in St. Louis and the nation” (June 9): I can’t believe Messenger portrays Michael Brown as a victim of racism. Any police officer would have responded the same way as Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson did. Wilson feared for his life because Brown had already assaulted him once. Brown was a criminal who was killed trying to kill a cop. He was neither a hero nor a victim.

Greg LeBlanc • Affton

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