Riots In Ferguson: Disheartening, But Not Unexpected

I don’t know what happened! I stopped at the gas station on the way into work this morning and bought a soda. On the drive to work, I shook the bottle as hard as I could the whole way. When I got to work, I opened the bottle and…it exploded all over me! I just don’t understand why it would do something like that!

So, tell me. How dumb did I sound just then? Is there anyone reading this who doesn’t understand why the bottle exploded? Yet I’ve been reading and listening to all sorts of people talking about the riots in Ferguson. So many of them are expressing surprise or an inability to comprehend why these people are behaving like this. If you want to play a drinking game that’ll leave you passed out in the floor in no time, just take a drink every time you hear someone say something like, “How could they cause this kind of damage to their own homes and neighborhoods?”

The answer is simple as to why they’re destroying their own neighborhoods: An explosion damages everything around it.

What’s amazing to me is the surprise and shock over it all and the pleas for peace, at least from those who have helped shake the bottle of racial unrest that’s been continuously shaken for decades. For the sake of brevity, let’s take a look at just three who’ve most recently had their hands on the bottle.

President Obama said last night, “I join Michael’s parents in asking anyone who protests this decision to do so peacefully.” He also said, “Michael Brown’s parents have lost more than anyone. We should honor their decision.”

I’m sorry, Mr. President; is that why we should be peaceful? Not because violence is wrong, counterproductive and ultimately self-destructive, but because it’s what the Browns want? Well, thank God they’re not crying for blood, then. Obama’s calls for peace come across as weak, in large part, because of his own contributions to racial tensions and division in America. Typical of most liberals, he’s constantly playing the race card, from claiming that conservatives oppose him because of the color of his skin (as opposed to the deficiency in the content of his character) to taking stands in racially charged cases with no regards to the facts (ie. Henry Lewis Gates and Trayvon Martin) to opening the floodgates to illegal immigrants at our southern border while ignoring the hardships of Americans and the huge number of legal immigrants who have found themselves trapped in a quagmire of red tape that stalls their efforts to gain citizenship the proper way. Add to that, just for fun, his close ties with other race baiters like Derrick Bell, Jeremiah Wright, Dorothy Tillman, and Al Sharpton (We’ll get to him in a minute). Obama’s entire career has been built upon the liberal Democrat practice of using race as a bludgeon to clear the path of any opposition and of building narratives of class and racial division in order to keep the people who fall for those tactics looking to them for some sort of salvation from this supposed cesspool of racial injustice and hatred we call America.

Next up is Eric Holder, the U.S. Attorney General who, no matter what his color, should’ve been fired, if not brought up on criminal charges, a long time ago. He’s engaged in the practice of racial division with the fervency of a true believer. He’s propagated the narrative that blacks are victims at the hands of evil racist conservatives and corporations…and probably anyone wanting to launch an investigation into his actions as Attorney General. He opposes voter ID law as racist and disenfranchising because, apparently in his mind, only whites are smart enough and rich enough to get cheap and, in many cases, free state-issued IDs. He feels perfectly comfortable inserting the federal government into local criminal investigations like the Trayvon Martin case and now the Michael Brown case, only succeeding in furthering the idea of America being a racist place where minorities have no power, except what is given to them by the government. At the same time, he has refused to do his actual job when it comes to things like investigating the New Black Panther Party for blatant acts of voter intimidation; a crime that is actually in the jurisdiction of the Attorney General. He has worked so hard to drive a wedge and set back race relations in America as much as he possibly can. In contrast to his actions over the last several years, now he’s calling for peace in Ferguson…a request that is obviously falling on mainly deaf ears. Eric Holder has become the equivalent of a man who pulls the pin on a grenade and then begs it not to explode…and he’s proving to be just about as successful.

Then there’s the man who Barack Obama has called “a voice for the voiceless and … dispossessed,” Al Sharpton. Sharpton’s entire career has been immersed in hatred, bigotry, division and even bloodshed. From the Tawana Brawley case, where Sharpton didn’t even believe that Brawley had been raped but went ahead anyway, accusing an innocent man who ended up committing suicide, to his campaign against Jewish storeowner Fred Harari that led to seven murders by one of Sharpton’s followers, right up to the Michael Brown shooting, the aftermath of which will turn out poorly as well, if Sharpton has anything to do about it anyway. Remember how these other agents for left-wing race baiting and division at least make it look like they’re genuinely calling for peace? Sharpton can’t even be bothered with anything more than the most cursory of that kind of posing. He was waiting for the grand jury decision like a kid on Christmas, with major protest demonstrations organized and ready to start in 28 cities across America. After the decision was released, he went on to call for a continued federal investigation into a case that has now been properly and legally laid to rest in the courts. Apparently, for Reverend Al, the courts only have validity if they do what he wants them to. Otherwise, he’ll just try to kick it up to other levels of government and openly abuse our legal system for his own personal gain. Sharpton called the verdict, “an absolute blow to those of us that wanted to see a fair and open trial.” Of course, how can you have a fair and open trial that starts with the abuse of the legal system to get the trial that you want, but is not supported by the established process of law? It reminds me of a western I saw once (the name escapes me) where a lawman told another man, “Don’t worry. You’ll get a fair trial, followed by a first class hangin’.” Other than the fact that Sharpton doesn’t have a Texas drawl, those are the kinds of words I imagine could come flowing quite comfortably from his lips. Sharpton has also announced that he will continue to “rally around the country” regarding the verdict. Obviously, he believes he can still milk more money and media attention from this death and the misery and devastation of this town, which is partly due to Sharpton stirring up unrest.

The bottom line here is, when these people who have built and protected their careers by promoting narratives that encourage people to feel like victims, to feel powerless and set upon by enemies who they have no chance to fight against, to feel cornered and pinned down with nowhere to go, no way to improve their lives by their own actions; do not believe them when they start acting surprised or shocked when all of this pressure they’ve been applying blows up. Don’t believe that they’re sincere when they call for peace; for calm and rational behavior. It’s the fear and the frustration that that they can manipulate into dependency that keeps their bank accounts full and their positions secure.

At the same time, the next time you say or think something about how you can’t believe people would destroy their homes and neighborhoods, stop and think about those who’ve been pressurizing these communities, as well as the communities and individuals who have bought into this horrible narrative about their own un-acceptionalism. Remember that this is what those who cash in on convincing others that America is an evil place filled with racists and self-serving, victimizing fat cats want. Realize that there really is nothing shocking when communities explode like this. The only really surprising thing is that we aren’t seeing this kind of ugliness more often, considering the decades of seeds that have been planted, especially in the soil of minority communities by self-serving liberals who are more focussed on their own selfish ends than the means. And, much like opening a bottle of shaken up soda, riots in places like Ferguson, Missouri are very easy to see and understand, both in terms of the causes and the inevitable effect. Unlike the bottle of soda, the clean-up is a lot more difficult and heartbreaking.

The Michael Brown Autopsy: The Truth Can Shine Through The Manipulation

     The official autopsy on Michael Brown, the subject of the shooting incident with police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, MO, is pretty well guaranteed not to make those who have been accusing Officer Wilson of murder very happy.
     The report shows that Brown was shot in the hand at very close range, supporting Wilson’s claim that Brown physically attacked him and try to wrestle his gun from him. A supplemental microscopic exam showed foreign matter “consistent with products that are discharged from the barrel of a firearm,” in a wound on Brown’s thumb. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch quoted Dr. Michael Graham, the St. Louis medical examiner as saying that this “does support that there was a significant altercation at the car.” This conclusion is also being confirmed by Dr. Judy Melinek, a forensic pathologist in San Francisco. She said that the autopsy “supports the fact that this guy is reaching for the gun, if he has gunpowder particulate material in the wound.” She said, “If he has his hand near the gun when it goes off, he’s going for the officer’s gun.” It’s been reported as well that Brown’s blood was also found on Wilson’s gun, further backing up the claims of a close quarter struggle and that Brown’s tissue was found of the outside of the driver’s side of the police vehicle, as well as his blood inside the vehicle.
     Melinek also says that the autopsy doesn’t support claims that Brown was shot while running away from Wilson. She says that Brown was facing Wilson every time he was shot and that, when he was shot in the forehead, he was either falling forward or lunging forward. The report also shows that Brown’s hands were not raised over his head in a surrender position, contrary to claims from witnesses.
     So what does this mean beyond the not so shocking thought that witnesses sometimes get it wrong or even outright lie? How about this: Maybe we should wait until at least some of the evidence is in before we start jumping to conclusions. I’m talking about both extremes in this case. There were those walking the streets, protesting and some even engaging the police who were pushing the narrative that Wilson was a murdering monster and Brown was simply a faultless, innocent victim whose only crime was the color of his skin, despite the evidence of his prior violent and thug-like behavior. On the other side were those who vehemently defended Wilson and the shooting as righteous despite having no evidence available yet one way or the other and as if there has never been cases of cops crossing those kinds of lines before. The fact is that, until the evidence started coming in, the claims of either side amounted to nothing more than throwing a pair of proverbial dice with no idea of what numbers were going to come up. It was irresponsible, a waste of time and, quite frankly, it only benefitted those who profit from racial division in America.
     Some of those who engaged in this race baiting included, of course, Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson. They both regularly cash in on instigating and encouraging racial division and, in this case, Sharpton has been especially prolific in Ferguson with his multiple trips to the city (another one planned for October 31) and his two-faced demands for justice and fairness in the case while, at the same time, denouncing and ridiculing Officer Wilson’s accounting of events with no other reasoning than, apparently, the Rev. Sharpton just knows better than anyone what happened there. Missouri governor, Jay Nixon, released a statement calling for the vigorous prosecution of Officer Wilson before any investigation was even started. Even Barack Obama had to chime in, speaking before the United Nations saying, “In a summer marked by instability in the Middle East and Eastern Europe, I know the world also took notice of the small American city of Ferguson, Missouri – where a young man was killed, and a community was divided. So yes, we have our own racial and ethnic tensions.” Where no evidence has shown any kind if racial element here, our president had no trouble pulling the trusty race card out of his deck once again. At least we haven’t had to be exposed to Obama waxing poetic about how Michael Brown could’ve been his son. Maybe he was too spooked at the thought of trying to ground that particular ‘son’ just to end up shoved into a magazine rack himself…just a thought.
     One of the worst parts of these kinds of situations is the fact that it illustrates how easily the majority of us can be manipulated and influenced by such a small number of political and social opportunists. I’m not talking about every single one of us when I say ‘we’, rather I’m referring to us in a more general reference. The truth is that most, if not all of us, have or will fall into this trap at some point. The important thing is not to make a habit of it. With that said, we buy into this narrative that’s been shoved down our throats for decades that America is an evil, racist place and there are bigots in power everywhere (with the exception, of course, of those in power who are telling you this…they’re different) just waiting to pounce and victimize other people; the darker their skin, the better. So many of us give in to that and start building up this huge resentment to “The Man”, even if we’ve never experienced or witnessed that bigotry ourselves. But don’t worry about that inconsistency. Liberals have that covered by creating this idea that, if we don’t get everything we think we should, then that’s discrimination. They’ve even found a target to blame all that bigotry on: Republicans. (Never mind that the source of all the organized and much of the unorganized racism and master/slave mentality comes from the party on the other side of the aisle, both in the past and today.) Then, there are those of us who jump every time someone brings up racism or vilifies a white person or even a “white Hispanic”…whatever that means…and we come to that person’s defense 100 percent, whether we have any reason to believe they’re innocent or not. Then, of course, when the first group of “us” sees this second group of “us” acting like that, then the first group of “us” feels more justified in the original principle that America is an evil, racist place. Is that last sentence a little confusing?
     Feel free to take a minute and re-read it again. I use “us” in both cases because that’s what we should be…one people…Americans, but that’s not how it’s been for a long time now. The real “them” in America is those who manipulate and lie and create false narratives designed to vilify some of us in the eyes of others of us. Are you a black man who feels victimized? Whose fault is it? White Republicans. Are you a veteran who feels pushed around and ignored? Whose fault is it? White, rich Republicans.  Are you a woman who feels abused and devalued? Whose fault is it? White, rich Republican men. Our communities and families are crumbling both socially and economically. Whose fault is it? Old, white, rich Republican men.
     If we want to know who’s really responsible for the negatives in our society, maybe we need to look at who’s doing the accusing and re-evaluate those they accuse. It’s an old and effective tactic to manipulate and control people through accusations. It’s been working ever since a certain serpent got what he wanted from Eve in the Garden of Eden by putting forth…an accusation. She was blinded by the accusation and didn’t bother to consider the accuser. Over the next several thousands of years, nothing’s really changed that much. So much of the time, no matter which side we stand on it, we still tend to focus on the accusations and not on the accusers. We need to learn to slow down, look beyond the superficial to see what’s really going on and what the real agenda is. We’ll have plenty of opportunities, too. I guarantee that these accusers aren’t about to admit they might  have been wrong or try to re-evaluate their positions. They’re just going to double down and continue spreading the same poison as always.
     Those of us who are feeling vindicated today because the evidence is pointing toward our assertions that Darren Wilson did nothing wrong, remember that: 1) All the evidence is still not in, so we really don’t know if he was blameless or not. 2) It could have just as easily gone the other way. We had no more assurance that we were right than those who claimed Brown’s innocence and victimization. As for those who pushed and continue to push the race baiting and the narrative of cops vs. minorities? They’re going to come out ahead, no matter how this case actually plays out. After all, people like Al Sharpton don’t really care about the specifics of a death in a community. They only care about how they can turn it to their personal advantage; how they can translate their involvement into ratings, money and power. Black, white, brown or any other shades in that spectrum? They don’t really care about any of that. The only color they really care about is green and they’ll step on any of us, no matter what our ethnicity, to get what they want. We really need to wake up and see through the con; start seeing the real enemies to our nation and our unity for who they are and quit aiding and abetting them in driving our Union further and further from the greatness we once all shared.