It now looks
like the Ferguson/ Michael Brown crisis is largely behind us. Thankfully, we’re mostly past the press conferences, the racial hucksters, the
street theater, oh so concerned officials
and the overly earnest activists. We’re over the continuous coverage, the breathless reporterettes, bored Nation Guard troops, morons in Guy Fawkes masks, violence-addicted
thugs, opportunistic looters, their fellow opportunistic politicians, oily lawyers, and family members of every
Thankfully, the Ferguson
riot was no more than a mere shadow of the ‘60s Days of Rage or the Rodney King
riots. One possible death as
opposed to hundreds, a few buildings burned instead of thousands, a hundred arrested instead of many thousands. Ferguson was nowhere near as bad as it was implied.
was self-contradictory from the start. Within weeks, Michael Brown could be seen as closer
to a garden variety thug than an angelic teenage victim. As a result, this issue seemed to never have gotten any lasting traction within the
greater African-American community. The protest had to be outsourced to the
professional agitators of Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, New York and DC. The
media continued their drumbeat of misconceptions, fear -- and outrageous lies. Meanwhile,
millions of ordinary citizens, much more alike than not, continued to happily interact. We -- I -- defamed Black Americans by believing they would stoop to violence over this issue.
Grand Jury findings were finally revealed – it was largely a non-issue: a
play-date for the unstable, politicians, and cameras. There never were the
overwhelming numbers of protestors that we were led to expect. The most publicized
confrontation featured an estimated 250 protestors – and 250 media. Within
hours, normal life resumed as reality reasserted itself.
Leaving a lot of us feeling a bit foolish. Leaving me feeling like a bit of an idiot.
lesson here, an important one: there’s profit in wedge politics; in dividing the whole against one another. Al Sharpton,
Jesse Jackson, the New Black Panthers, Lesley McSpadden, Senator Chappelle-Nadal, Jay
Nixon, Barack Obama, et al, and their sycophantic media all cynically, dishonorably
furthered their own interests by dancing on Michael Brown’s grave. They traded in division and fears for their own ends.
shows that we, as a city, state, and nation, are better than that. We have our
differences, we’re human after all, but in the main, we’re a integrated,
just, striving, happy people. Much, much more alike than different. And we shouldn’t let the hucksters and the wedgers tell us any
Work remains to be done. There never should have been the immediate, pervasive assumption that the police assasinated an innocent. Something is obviously wrong. But as a society, we should be aware of just how far and how fast we've come. In societal terms, America's recognition of the error of racism and its largely successful correction has been completely unprecedented in human history.
Today, perhaps now more than any other time, we can see just how much we should be thankful for.
Happy Thanksgiving. To all of us.