Months of egging on the mob in Ferguson, Missouri by the Obama Administration, the Democratic Party, and the national media in order to goose turnout in this month’s midterm elections have culminated in the Night of Undocumented Shopping.
An entire row of businesses on West Florissant Avenue, a major thoroughfare, was engulfed in flames. … Many business owners will return to their shops to see their livelihoods in ruins. Looters broke into a beauty supply store and stole hair weaves and wigs, leaving the heads of mannequins strewn in the middle of the street.
The executive branch, the Democrats, and the press had flogged the narrative of yet another white racist killer stalking baby black bodies to enrage low information potential voters. To their credit, large numbers of respectable black voters stayed home on election day, perhaps depressed that this latest media obsession over white male racist violence had once again turned out to be a factual fiasco.
You and I have known since August 15 that the conventional wisdom about gentle giant Michael Brown being gunned down in cold racist blood was contrived. For over three months, we’ve been able to watch security camera video of the enormous black man setting off on his fatal crime spree by first roughing up the little Asian storekeeper from whom he was stealing cigars. Shortly afterward, Brown attacked the police officer in his own cop car and tried to grab his gun—behavior so far out of control that I’ve almost never heard of that happening before.
That doesn’t mean the policeman subsequently behaved impeccably. But that’s what you have laws to determine.
In 2010 I read a short police blotter item about a Drug Enforcement Agency officer fatally shooting an 18-year-old in a parking lot near my favorite Barnes & Noble bookstore. The spokes-cop implied that the lot was notoriously infested with drug dealers, which I knew to be false.
I started poking around in the official story and found it didn’t make much sense. I visited the parking lot exactly 168 hours after the killing to see if the news accounts were more plausible at that time of the week. While there, I saw a mournful middle-aged woman looking about. She was the dead man’s mother.
I told her to sue. Three years later, a judge awarded her family $3 million.
I’m proud to say that members of my family later participated in a protest march down the Ventura Boulevard sidewalk. But, you know, afterward they didn’t sack the Banana Republic or torch the Chipotle.
Nobody in Washington or New York subtly encouraged them to, either. You’ve probably never even heard of this particular law enforcement shooting. Why not? Because in a vast country, bad things happen every day. And the victim was white, so the case was of no use to the narrative molders.
In America, riots happen mostly when rioters know they, not the police, have the power structure’s sympathy. For example, 1960s race riots didn’t take place in the Jim Crow South, they took place in liberal northern cities, and not until after the passing of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Similarly, the 1992 Rodney King riot in Los Angeles happened after a year of prestigious badgering of the LAPD by establishmentarians such as future Secretary of State Warren Christopher.
When cops feel that doing their jobs could get them in trouble, they tend to go spend their shifts in the doughnut shop. That’s what happened in New York City during the liberal Lindsay Administration (1965-1973). NYPD officers realized that you can’t get in trouble for abusing anybody’s civil rights while you are partaking of New York’s amazing abundance of sit-down food and beverage establishments. The least talked about way that Rudy Giuliani and William Bratton finally brought down the crime rate was to get the police out policing for more than half of their shifts again.
As I may have mentioned once or twice, hysteria about all the vicious cisgendered straight white male racists killing black bodies is the KKKrazy Glue of the Obama coalition. The Democrats have assembled a coalition of the fringes of American life that has little to unite its constituents other than stoking resentment of the American core via insults and hate hoaxes.
Without swindles like these to focus anger on the designated scapegoats, the Democrats’ constituents would tear each other to shreds. For example, in recent months the Democrats’ “war on women” narrative has led to public shaming of men for abusing women. It turns out, though, that disproportionately many of the malefactors—such as Ray Rice, Jameis Winston, Bill Cosby, and the New York catcallers—are black.
The problem that the Democrats face in uniting their voters by deploring whites is that the most praised and charismatic element of their coalition is African-Americans. This makes the Democrats, in effect, the black party. Unfortunately, blacks are also the least competent segment of the Democrats.
Thus, the Democrats must relentlessly try to demoralize white men via their dominance of the media, because a self-confident white party would have little trouble luring enough Asians and Hispanics away from an inevitably inept black party. For instance, look at how the Asian vote swung sharply toward the Republicans in the wake of the Democrats callously ignoring the footage of Brown assaulting the poor Asian clerk.
Consider how many stories the Rev. Al Sharpton has promoted during his long career that have turned out to be Tom Wolfe-worthy travesties: the Tawana Brawley hoax, the Crown Heights pogrom, the Freddy’s Fashion Mart massacre, the Jena Six, and finally Trayvon Martin’s gay bashing of George Zimmerman. And yet, the old rogue is now at the apogee of his influence over the White House.
This helps explain the Democrats’ enthusiasm for gay marriage and, lately, all things transgender: when the gays decide to go all in on a hate crime story, they usually manage to cover most of the obvious bases. For example, we’ve been lied to a lot about the 1998 Matthew Shepard killing in Wyoming, but the legend has never fully collapsed the way, say, the Duke Lacrosse Hoax did almost instantly.
The media are so desperate for stories of white-on-black hate crimes that in 2013 the Washington Post and other outlets splashed heavily the “mysterious” murder of a gay black politician in Mississippi, Marco McMillian, even though a young black man had confessed and led the cops to the corpse the previous month.
In Ferguson, it’s time for reparations … to the shopkeepers.
And it’s past time for a National Media Day of Shame and Reflection on why they keep falling for frauds and fiascos.
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