Trouble may be brewing in Ferguson, Mo., as a grand jury prepares to announce its decision regarding whether white police officer Darren Wilson will be indicted for the shooting death of Michael Brown last summer. Riots that took place in the days and weeks after the shooting might be repeated should the grand jury determine, as many predict, that there is insufficient evidence to indict Officer Wilson.
The Democrat Party and many of its charlatan foot soldiers – Eric Holder, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and others – are pretty much demanding that Wilson be indicted and convicted. I call them “Demagogues” for a reason: They behave like demagogues, regularly playing the race card and arousing passions by impugning Republicans with outrageous charges of racism, including using vile imagery such as burning crosses and klansmen, to scare the bejabbers out of gullible black people. Make no mistake, keeping poor blacks ignorant, uninformed and reliant on government is essential for the future of the Democrat Party!
Ferguson is a prime example of how apathy, ignorance and dependency make blacks vulnerable to manipulation and to being victimized by self-serving agitators like Sharpton and Jackson. The city is 67 percent black, yet only one of its six city council members is black. The city’s police force is 94 percent white.
Blacks who had been taught and empowered to get involved – to actively shape their environment and create their own futures – would have run for council, or supported other blacks for council so the makeup of the local governing body and police department would more closely represent the city’s demographics. But blacks whose talents, aspirations and initiative have been sapped by the narcotic of pervasive welfare are not likely to be engaged constructively.
Thanks in large part to abysmal schools and the corrosive welfare state, which has twisted, distorted and ruined millions of lives over the past 50 years, worsened crime and drugs in urban areas and destroyed the black family structure, too many of Ferguson’s residents are on fire with rage.
But their anger is directed at the wrong root problem. Granted, white police officers’ insensitivity and alleged racism/brutality toward blacks can be and sometimes is a problem. But it is not the widespread, monstrous menace we’ve been led to believe.
It takes two to tango, as the saying goes, and too often the people police question or arrest either already have sketchy track records, and/or, are spoiling for a confrontation. Police officers in urban areas have a very dangerous, difficult job to do. Every time they approach someone on the street in a bad neighborhood, or make a traffic stop, they risk getting shot – much more so than if they were in a small town or rural area. Plain statistics will bear that out.
Just as black-on-black crime is ignored by the race hustlers of the left and downplayed by the sensationalistic media, so is the fact that many of the alleged victims of police brutality are not angels. Did the press spend much time explaining that Rodney King, before being beaten by officers in 1991, had led police on a 110-mph chase, was crazed out of his mind on drugs, and was attacking them violently before he was forcibly subdued? No.
Turning to Michael Brown, he had been smoking pot and committed a strong-arm robbery of a party store in the minutes before his untimely death. These facts certainly don’t mean he deserved to die, but he would have preserved his life if he had not reacted violently to Officer Wilson during their encounter. It would take a dark and suspicious mind to think that Wilson and many other white officers across the nation hope they get the opportunity to shoot black people and look forward to doing it. It’s simply beyond the pale.
But Sharpton, Jackson, Eric Holder, President Obama and others have peddled this nonsense and stoked the flames of rage in the black community. Professional agitators – many of them from other states – are gathering in the Ferguson area to raise hell if the grand jury decides not to indict. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has activated the National Guard to help keep the peace and protect property, so it is looking like there’s a good potential for violence.
The culpability of our federal government – in the person of Holder and his fellow militants at the Department of Justice – in promoting a festering grievance culture, egging on the troublemakers and driving a bigger wedge between the races – is shameful. It is just one of many destructive actions of this administration full of scoundrels. It’s going to be a LONG two years!