Protests in Ferguson, Missouri were much more peaceful yesterday, and I think it was because Governor Jay Nixon finally decided to take control of the situation there. The overmilitarized presence of the police appears to have been a catalyst for the violence instead of being a deterrent. It’s just my view, but I don’t think the proper response to people angry about someone getting shot dead by police is to show up with tanks and full tactical gear like you’re going into battle.
Gov. Nixon brought in the State Police, led by Capt. Ronald Johnson, who happens to be from the local area. I think that having someone from the area that knows the area goes a great deal towards defusing the tensions there. It doesn’t hurt that Capt. Johnson also looks like the majority of the people there.
The St Louis Post-Dispatch had this photo, or one similar, on their front page that looks like it belonged in a war ravaged 3rd World county and not something that you’d expect to see in America. That’s not to say that it’s not possible. It’s just not expected.
I’m praying that cooler heads have arrived with Capt. Johnson. Reading the news from the Post-Dispatch website makes me think that things will get better. From the New Black Panthers helping control traffic flow in the absence of police officers, to the volunteers cleaning up the area by picking up bottles, tear gas canisters, rubber bullets, and other debris, maybe this is the beginning of calm for the area. They definitely need it.
It’s not like we have Americans pushing messages to undermine things, such as this and this. Why would someone think anything’s wrong with a politician who says, “This idea of no racial profiling, I’ve seen the video and it looks to me like you don’t need to bother with that particular factor because they all appear to be of a single origin, I should say, continental origin, might be the way to phrase that. I just reject race-based politics, identity politics,”? Also, who wouldn’t rally behind a civic group whose leader said, “We are setting up a reward/fund for the police officer who shot this thug. He is a hero! We need more white cops who are anti-Zog and willing to put Jewish controlled black thugs in their place. Most cops are cowards and do nothing while 90% of interracial crime is black (and non-white) on white.”?