by Timothy Lane 11/25/14
Events in Ferguson took an unsurprisingly tragic turn last night, encouraged by liberal race-baiting (with the tacit assistance of Barack Obama and the Brown family lawyer, both of whom issued pro forma rejections of violence even as they encouraged the racial paranoia that stokes the outrage) and enabled by the fecklessness of liberal authorities (such as Missouri Governor Jay Nixon, who didn’t send the National Guard into Ferguson – it was on duty elsewhere in the county – until after the rioting ended).
Naturally, race relations in America have taken another hit, as they have throughout the Racebaiter-in-Chief’s imperium. Blacks, told every day that they are victimized by The Man (and often encountering some version of this for themselves, their friends, or their families), saw this as another such incident. (A caller to Rush Limbaugh today mentioned that when a black pastor asked his congregation if they would pray for Officer Wilson, no one was Christian enough to do so. When he asked if they would at least pray for his family, one woman stood up. The rest were too consumed by the race hatred stoked by liberals both black and white.) Whites saw that the evidence favored the non-indictment of Wilson, and then saw the blacks riot and wreck their own city. It turns out that at least some of the victims were black, such as cake shop owner Natalie DuBose, her business destroyed by obamathugs acting in the name of racial justice. For that matter, many of the rioters were professionals from out-of-own wearing Guy Fawkes masks, allegedly members of the anarchist group Anonymous. (Unfortunately, for lack of “shoot to kill” orders, none of the professional rioters were killed, which would at least have mitigated the damage done to the country.) How many of those were white?
Even now, we can’t be entirely sure what happened that fatal morning. We know that Brown and a friend shoplifted cigarillos from a store and shoved a clerk who objected. We also know that Brown was high (to what extent we don’t know) on marijuana. We don’t know what his past record (he had recently turned 18, so his juvenile record – if any – is sealed) might be. We know that he and his friend (and accomplice) were walking in the middle of the street when Officer Wilson told them to get on the sidewalk. After that, things get messier, though it probably helps if one realizes that many of the witnesses against testified not to what they saw, but to what they heard – mostly from the accomplice, whose own testimony (and therefore theirs as well) is totally worthless. But it seems extremely likely that Brown attacked Wilson, who shot and injured him. Then Brown started to run away, chased by Wilson. After that, we have alternate versions, and a paucity of information. Did Wilson continue to shoot as Brown ran? I’ve never heard. Some versions say Brown turned back to face Wilson and surrender, but others say he charged. I’m inclined to believe the latter, just as Ferguson blacks are inclined to believe the former, but none of us know for sure – which to me would be a good reason not to riot and destroy dozens of businesses just because the grand jury disagreed.
The liberal response to the press conference by prosecutor Robert McCulloch provided another reminder that liberals care nothing for individual justice. Many, noting the old saying that a prosecutor could get a grand jury to “indict a ham sandwich” (a lesson liberal prosecutors remember and practice when pursuing conservatives for political offenses), wondered why McCulloch presented all the evidence (even allowing Wilson to testify) instead of presenting the evidence selectively in order to gain the indictment that they felt (and for liberals, feelings are all that matter) entitled to. If nothing else, this should finish any last belief that liberals believe in civil liberties (and due process of law) for everyone. A much fairer question would be why prosecutors don’t behave this way more often. If nothing else, they would get fewer doomed indictments (such as the racialist ordeal of George Zimmerman, another victim of a liberal lynch mob).
Unfortunately, some conservative responses have been little better, as anyone who has read Jonah Goldberg in the past couple of days will already know. Contrarily, Brown’s cousin (interviewed on Fox) actually behaved pretty reasonably under the circumstances. He made an especially interesting point when he wondered how many people were put at risk as Wilson fired 10 or 12 (I’ve seen both figures given) shots at Brown. Indeed, some will recall the hideous incident (I believe it was at the Empire State Building) a while back, when such a shootout between police and criminals led to a sizable number of bystanders being hit by the police. We need the police to be armed, but we also need them to be able to use those weapons effectively. (And maybe, if they did, they wouldn’t need to fire so many shots in the first place.) One might also note that Brown’s family said they would push for lapel cameras for police, a very reasonable solution that would eliminate many questions. (It also reduces the amount of police shooting, which itself suggests that some of it is indeed excessive.)
One major problem in Ferguson has been the inept responses of the town police. Their communications have been atrocious, their failure to cover up Brown’s body for 4 hours without providing a convincing explanation, and above all their alternation between responding to events too severely (as they did with the more peaceful protests the first couple of nights) or too weakly (as when they allowed rioters virtually free reign on several occasions), were extremely unfortunate. (Perhaps they should hire Goldilocks as their next police chief. The current one certainly seems to be in over his head.) Some of the problems come from St. Louis county or Missouri authorities. No doubt it’s a coincidence that all of these are Democrats.
In conclusion, I think Ferguson could use a name change. I recommend that it be changed to Hellhole, because that’s what the city has become – by the deliberate actions of many of its citizens (as well as by others whom they have encouraged to come and join the fun).
Timothy Lane writes from Louisville, Kentucky and publishes the FOSFAX fanzine.
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