Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Ferguson disgrace: Violent rioting and looting erupts for second night
Despite ample warnings of violence, the authorities clearly used a softly-softly approach where a firm hand was needed. The violence and looting should have been promptly suppressed using any means necessary -- water cannon, tear gas, rubber bullets etc -- even live fire if all else failed. Instead political correctness meant that blacks had to be allowed to do what no white group would ever be permitted to do.
Protecting citizens from gratuitous violence and property destruction is one of the most basic functions of government. Clearly, that function is often very poorly discharged in the USA where blacks are concerned. There is no "right" to destroy other people's property in a civilized society so the fact that such a right seems to be conceded to blacks in the USA earmarks the USA as a civilization in decline
And irrepressible ad-man Gavin McInnes had a germane comment on Twitter: "I'm guessing about 300 black kids were murdered by black kids in NYC so far this year. Can they get a riot too?" The political correctness is anti-white, not pro-black
Protests in the St Louis suburb of Ferguson have erupted for a second night after charges were not laid against a white police officer over the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager.
It comes after Missouri's governor ordered National Guard reinforcements into the area following violent scenes on Monday night (local time) in which protesters fired guns at police, lit patrol cars on fire and hurled bricks into their lines.
Several shops in Ferguson were looted and about a dozen buildings burned in the immediate unrest that followed the grand jury's decision not to lay charges against officer Darren Wilson.
More than 60 people, mostly from the St Louis area, were arrested for crimes including burglary, illegal weapons possession and unlawful assembly, police said.
President Barack Obama called for calm. "Burning buildings, torching cars, destroying property, putting people at risk - that is destructive and there's no excuse for it, there's no excuse for it," Mr Obama said.
Missouri governor Jay Nixon said he was meeting with law enforcement and bolstering the National Guard deployment to ensure that people and property are protected in the days ahead.
"Violence like we saw last night cannot be repeated," Mr Nixon said on his Twitter feed.
While news channels aired president Barack Obama's live remarks calling for restraint from the White House on one side of the screen, they showed violent scenes from Ferguson on the other.
Although no serious injuries were reported, St Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said the rioting on Monday night and early Tuesday morning was "much worse" than the disturbances that erupted in the immediate aftermath of the August shooting.
Posted by John J. Ray (M.A.; Ph.D.).