To honor police-shooting victim Michael Brown the Black Caucus of the American Library Association in Chicago donated a memorial tree and plaque to be set up in a park in Ferguson, Missouri.
However, the day after the tree was planted and the plaque put in place, vandals cut down the small tree and stole the commemorative stone.
Yeah, that’s just plain wrong and disrespectful.
While one can argue that 18-year-old Brown reaped what he sowed in that just before he was fatally shot, he robbed a convenient store and then, allegedly, physically assaulted the officer who pulled the trigger, one can not excuse the destruction of property.
Put another way, one may not feel any sympathy for Brown or his family, but that doesn’t give one the right to destroy something that doesn’t belong to them. Two wrongs, no matter how you square it, don’t make a right.