I would say it’s a fair bet that most of those who witnessed the violence that ensued following the announcement that a grand jury in Missouri declined to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown were not at all surprised. Indeed, it appeared that many of those anticipating the decision simply could not wait to get started looting, shooting and destroying property.
The mob appeared to have a particular penchant for razing and burning local businesses. In fact, dozens of businesses in Ferguson burned on Monday night alone, and these were mostly minority-owned. Obviously, those in the community who worked at these businesses are now out of jobs.
Even assuming the decimated businesses carried adequate insurance, of course the owners and franchisees are out of work too, though many will be able to rebuild. All of this will conspire to depress the economy in Ferguson, something of which the participants in the mayhem and madness remain oblivious.
The catalyst to all of this, as the reader is likely aware, was the fact that a man was found innocent of wrongdoing by a grand jury. When you strip away the race issues, there’s not much more to it than that. One man assaulted another – a police officer – and was killed, probably after attempting to relieve him of his sidearm. Amidst widely publicized accusations of police brutality and race-based police targeting of young blacks, a grand jury determined that the officer had not acted unlawfully. Much of the testimony upon which the grand jury decision was based, we are told, was given by those of the same ethnic group as the decedent Michael Brown. In general, the evidence in favor of Officer Darren Wilson’s account of the events was overwhelming.
There are numerous components to this situation which are engender pathos, well beyond a young man having lost his life, another’s life in upheaval and a community in tatters.
One is the disgusting behavior of the rioters, who found themselves unable to rise above the social and psychological garbage being fed them. Another is the manifest evil of those who have been feeding the aforementioned garbage to black Americans for the last several decades, and that of the agitators with more short-term agendas. With regard to the former, I refer to the politicians and career activists who perpetuate the notion that America remains an institutionally racist nation, and that racist police prowl the streets looking for the slightest excuse to gun down a black individual.
With regard to the latter, I speak of those such as the New Black Panther Party (some of whose members were arrested in the Ferguson area with bombs in the days prior to the grand jury decision), and Muslim activists who sought to enroll blacks in their effort to condemn the actions of law enforcement against militant Muslims in Missouri.
While it is not my intention to address this in depth here, the political manipulation of blacks across America in the name of Michael Brown is more than a mere distraction from the increasing attention being focused on Obama’s dismal reign. (Make no mistake: A measure of the agitation in Ferguson and elsewhere is being directly orchestrated by Obama surrogates and the DOJ itself.) As a landmark in the incremental sabotage of race relations, it is validation to the administration of what it can do, and what will be necessary to ignite even larger fires in the future.
That said, I can no longer hold blacks in Ferguson blameless for electing to vent their frustrations on their own community despite having been institutionally under-educated, thoroughly propagandized, socioeconomically compromised, and indoctrinated into a culture of celebrated mediocrity. Nor can I hold them blameless for having been influenced by outside agitators who capitalized on their misplaced resentment relating to the Brown shooting.
For decades, people have been asking me why, when blacks get pissed off, they promptly lay waste to their own communities. If you’re old enough, obviously you know that this has been the case since the days of the Civil Rights Movement.
This has only gotten worse in recent years, since the popular culture and worldview being inculcated into young blacks by progressives and profiteers (which cannot be criticized, lest one be labeled a racist or Uncle Tom) is replete with misogyny, hatred for authority, larceny, debauchery and tribal violence. Case in point: If one scrutinizes the footage and photos from Ferguson, it’s essentially a conceptual rap video without the music.
On a daily basis, I receive vulgar communications of varying types from mind-blowingly ignorant blacks less than half my age who have never experienced an incidence of real discrimination or bigotry, and wouldn’t know one if it bit them.
They spew invective at black conservatives and libertarian types from the other side of the plantation fence as we walk by, flailing and hooting like a troupe of zoo monkeys hurling their feces at spectators. It’s a fence they could gingerly step over and be free, but they’d rather yowl at passers-by and burn their stuff on their side of the fence. That plantation, of course, is owned and operated by their real oppressors.
How long can people remain asleep? To this I truly have no answer. Scientifically speaking, inherent racial stupidity obviously isn’t a factor, but I suppose one could convincingly argue in favor of collective stupidity. In this case, it’s definitely an aspect upon which liberal politicians and career civil rights activists have relied for a long time.
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