There’s lots of bad information being distributed following a Ferguson, Missouri grand jury’s decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson for shooting Michael Brown, who had just stolen from a convenience store and was confronted by Wilson.
An altered version of the middle sign became a sensation on the Internet:
Perhaps the worst response comes from Nation of Islam leader Rev. Louis Farrakhan, extolling the virtues of young blacks rioting and saying, “Let’s die for something.”
According to Nation of Islam leader Rev. Louis Farrakhan, peaceful protests are yet another manipulation by the white man over people of color, justifying violent retaliation by African Americans.
A recent St. Louis murder by minority teenagers beating a white-skinned Bosnian man to death with hammers has some people speculating it was a retaliation kill for the death of Michael Brown, the thief who was shot by white police office Darren Wilson in nearby Ferguson. Police say the hammer killing was not racially motivated, although another white male says he was surrounded an hour earlier by the teens with hammers but managed to escape with a few cuts and bruises.
In a recent speech at Morgan State University, a black college in Baltimore, Farrakhan talked of violent retribution for police killings in both Ferguson and New York City, saying that young African Americans will no longer accept peaceful protesting. Farrakhan even talked of babies “throwing bottles” as a metaphor for Molotov cocktails.
Despite rabble rousing by Farrakan, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, et al., African American police officers have not stepped outside their ranks to choose color over the fuzzy haze of hyperbole and emotional action out. Sheriff David Clarke, above, states what most law enforcement personal are saying in private.
As for Farrakhan, there has been very little media clamor over his call to fight.
“In this book, there’s a law for retaliation,” he said.
“As long as they [whites] kill us [blacks] and go to Wendy’s and have a burger and go to sleep, they gonna keep killing us,” he said, to a roar of applause. “But when we die and they die, then soon we’re going to sit at a table and talk about it! We’re tired! We want some of this earth or we’ll tear this goddamn country up!”
Holding the Koran, Rev. Farrakhan cited “a law for retaliation” as the audience roared its approval. Farrakhan’s call for violence against whites should lead to criminal charges of inciting violence and terroristic threatening.
It certainly would become a national story if a white preacher demanded violence against blacks over the death of a white person by a police officer of color.
Meanwhile, NBA announcer Charles Barkley took a decidedly different approach to the Ferguson rioters, calling them “scumbags” and saying if black neighborhoods didn’t have police protection, it “would be the wild, wild West.”
Barkley also cracked wise on the NBA, NFL, Bill Cosby, Pope Francis, Kim Kardashian, and LeBron James.
If Charles Barkley doesn’t speak your truth, noted Liberal comedian Chris Rock preaches a basic truth that anyone can understand…obey the law.