Early in December, I happened across a panel discussion on CNN bloviating under the title of “White People Don’t Get Ferguson.”
There are so many facets to the Ferguson situation that to address what happened in such an overly-broad context is to distort what white people and black people as well don’t get about the events in Ferguson.
Let’s look at the various factors that came into play in this otherwise quiet suburb of St. Louis.
- The death of a young black youth by a cop was a tragic and unfortunate circumstance.
- The facts, as presented to the Grand Jury and released publicly, confirm the officer acted in accordance with proper police procedure. There was no criminal or racial act on his part.
- Although not perfect, we have the best, most fair judicial system in the world.
- The race hustlers swooped into Ferguson, inflamed the community and invited in a number of outside agitators and people with criminal intent.
- There does not appear to be any pattern of racial discrimination on the part of the police in Ferguson but I encourage and applaud anyone who wants to peacefully protest any issue they want.
- Looting, destroying property and trying to attack the police is not acceptable protest. It is criminal behavior.
- There is no question that police in Ferguson and all around the country have become more militarized in their equipment and their tactics. This has happened because of the rioting that happened in Ferguson before the facts were known, as well as after the Grand Jury verdict.
- The Ferguson community owes the merchants who were battered and suffered immense mental, physical and financial damage an apology for the actions of their residents and/or the outsiders who used the tensions as an excuse to loot and burn.
- The residents of Ferguson will pay a long-term price in more touchy police interchanges and the loss of local merchant relationships. If that isn’t enough, real estate values will probably deteriorate as well.
- Ferguson should have learned some lessons from the Travon Martin debacle instead of escalating the problem.
- The upraised arms of the St. Louis Rams and some members of the Congressional Black Caucus was inappropriate and misguided. Michael Brown never raised his arms and said “Don’t Shoot.” Their actions only add to the divide.
Here are some facts, real facts that negate the emotional outbursts that color the Ferguson fiasco:
- 99% of all police arrests do not result in a fatality.
- In 2012, 123 African Americans were shot dead by police. There are currently 43 million blacks in the USA, 13% of the population, 1/5 the number of whites.
- That same year, 326 whites were killed by police bullets. Whites comprise 63% of the US population.
- In 2012, blacks committed 5,375 murders; whites 4,396.
Now that’s something the race charlatans ought to be protesting about and demanding community responsibility and action, not inciting emotional outbursts and criminal behavior masquerading as protests.
The events on Staten Island surrounding the Eric Garner incident offer a sharp contrast to Ferguson.
- Someone saying “I can’t breathe” multiple times indicates his breathing may be somewhat constricted, but obviously his breathing was well enough to keep talking.
- Why the police on the scene felt the need to subdue and arrest Garner for a petty infraction seems a bit questionable. He was not a threat to the police or anyone.
- Taking down a 6’4”, 350 pound, belligerent man cannot be an easy task which may explain the use of the chokehold.
- The Grand Jury proceedings have not been released, so we don’t know all the facts but it does create an air of suspicion.
- The N.Y. police did an outstanding job controlling the “protestors,” who were financed and organized by provocateurs that had pre-printed signs available immediately.
- The Garner family, to their credit, has been quoted as saying “they don’t think it was a racial thing.”
The absence of real leadership in the black community and from our black president is hard to understand. Under President Obama, the grievance industry has prospered. Al Sharpton, the racial agitator, has been to the White House scores of times and that’s one of the reasons why 62% of Americans feel relations between the races have gotten worse over the last six years.
The racial divide has narrowed significantly over the last 15 years, but at the moment it may be stuck on a mid-level plateau. All’s well that ends well, but this surely hasn’t.