As the facts of the shooting in Ferguson Missouri leaked the air went out of the racism balloon. The race baiters desperately needed a canard- something else upon which to hang their restive hats. Thus The Reverend Tawana Sharpton, Obama’s “go to guy” on race, drew a new race card out of the deck:
The police caused the riots.
The Rev. Al Sharpton used his eulogy for slain 18-year-old Michael Brown on Monday to criticize the conduct of law enforcement in Ferguson, Missouri, and to call for America to “deal with” the kind of policing that has plagued the community in the weeks since Brown’s death.
“America, it’s time to deal with policing,” Sharpton said at funeral services for Brown at the Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church, addressing a crowd of thousands that included politicians, civil rights activists and celebrities. “We are not the haters, we’re the healers.”
(That sound you hear is me LMAO)
Then Sharpton launched into what can only be described kindly as a cacophony of fiction:
“America is going to have to come to terms with [the fact that] there’s something wrong, that we have money to give military equipment to police forces but we don’t have money for training, and money for public education and money to train our children,” Sharpton said.
Sharpton is either ignorant or a liar. The military equipment came from Iraq. It was bought and paid for long ago. Missouri’s feckless governor arranged for its acceptance. More from the Go To Guy:
“How do you think we look when young people march nonviolently, asking for the land of the free and the home of the brave to hear their cry and you put snipers on the roof and pointed guns at them. How do we look?” Sharpton said.
Hold that thought.
Over on Ronan Farrow’s show that no one watches, Farrow had a guest who echoed Sharpton’s sentiments on the etiology of the rioting and looting:
Farrow: And we’re still looking at those live images of people streaming out of the church. Very emotional people. We saw people leaping to their feet angrily, sometimes euphoric at the prospect of change but also still a lot of anger there, and we’ve seen that on the streets. Philip, with so much rage surrounding this, how do you prevent these protests you’re planning from turning violent?
Agnew: Well, first, I take issue with calling it rage. I think this is well-placed anger, disappointment, disenchantment with an aggressive militarized police force and with the apathetic government.
Let me ask you this. If I give you flour, if I give you eggs, I give you water, I give you milk, will you have a turkey sandwich? No, you have cake. And so the recipe is there. You have no jobs. You’ve got no opportunity. You have got low educational opportunities. And then you combine that with that militarized police force that’s quelling up people who have righteous anger over something anybody should be angry over. I don’t consider it rage at all. I consider it well-placed anger. I think youth around the country are going to conduct themselves in a very orderly manner because that is our nature. It’s only turned violent when the police were in the, when the police in the community, when the police were aggressive, and when they came through a regular city block with tanks like they were in Afghanistan.
“It’s only turned violent when the police were in the, when the police in the community, when the police were aggressive, and when they came through a regular city block with tanks like they were in Afghanistan.”
The tanks did it. The tanks caused the rioting and looting. Not only that, but those rioters and looters were entitled to riot and loot!
(Now let me ask you a question. Are you more or less inclined to riot and loot if tanks and guns are aimed at you?)
So there it is- Sharpton’s Big Lie: The police caused the riots. The tanks caused the riots. It was all that aggressive militarization.
Except it wasn’t.
The SWAT teams and military equipment weren’t called in until AFTER the riots began.
Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014, PM
– A Twitter post is made warning that the Internet hacker group “Anonymous” is prepared to make internal emails and other private police documents public if it deems police act inappropriately.
– Looting, property damage and rioting take place in North St. Louis County. A QuikTrip gas station is looted and set fire after looters leave with merchandise. SWAT teams and police in riot gear were called to the scenes of violence. About 20 businesses in the county were looted and 32 people were arrested.
Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, PM
Crowds throw rocks at police because they’re, you know, militaristic and cop-like.
Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, Afternoon
As the unrest continues, Governor Nixon indignantly orders the militaristic cops out and the Highway Patrol in.
– Nixon announces that Ferguson security will be overseen by Missouri State Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson after the local police response drew heavy criticism. Johnson says there will be no more armored trucks, tear gas and riot gear – he wants to establish a rapport with the protestors face-to-face.
Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, Late Evening into Early Morning Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014
The rapport thing isn’t cutting it.
– More looting takes place in Ferguson. Convenience store where strong-arm robbery allegedly involving Brown is hit.
– Some in Ferguson try to stop looters, form human walls to protect local businesses. Others stand guard outside stores with guns.
Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, PM
The Nixon/Johnson kumbaya is in tatters
– Peaceful demonstrations in Ferguson quickly deteriorate when marchers push toward one end of a street and are met by police firing tear gas. Police say they acted in response to gunfire, looting, vandalism and protesters who hurled Molotov cocktails.
Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, AM
Gov. Jay Nixon re-militarizes Ferguson:
– Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon announces he has signed an executive order deploying the Missouri National Guard “to help restore peace and order and to protect the citizens of Ferguson.”
Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, Afternoon
The rioters and looters have worn themselves out and Nixon begins to withdraw the Guard.
Now the key:
Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014, AM
– Hundreds of people march to the Ferguson Police Department demanding answers for the teen’s death. Some have their hands up, as Brown reportedly did before he was shot, some chanting “Don’t shoot me.” They are met by police officers at the station and there is no violence.
Orderly protests. No violence. No aggression. No militarization.
There were no SWAT teams, no militarization, no aggression, nothing more than the normal police force until the rioting and looting erupted. The Ferguson police force did its job. The SWAT teams and tanks were summoned when the violence got out of control. Gov. Nixon’s experiment with appeasement failed miserably. The rioters and looters ran roughshod over the Highway Patrol and Nixon was forced to re-insert the militaristic presence to secure calm.
The nauseating Elijah Cummings jumped into the fray empty racist head first:
“The administration must quickly establish a national commission to review existing police policies and practices,” the letter reads. “And identify the best policies and practices that can prevent more Fergusons and vastly improve policing in communities across the nation.”
Cummings wants a “police czar” who can centralize and control law enforcement all over the nation, in essence creating a national police force. Someone last tried that in Germany. It wasn’t pretty.
Tawana Sharpton’s message is bullshit, as is most everything he says. Cummings is also full of it. This argument is a canard. The race hustlers want to shift the national conversation of blame from where it belongs- with those who rioted and looted and threw rocks and Molotov cocktails- to the cops who were only doing their jobs.