The looters burned Ferguson, duh. It’s amazing how destructive people can be who don’t have to worry about showing up at work in the morning. But the rioters did not lack for encouragement.
From the get-go, there was a false narrative put forth about the original incident — Innocent black schoolboy shot for jaywalking by racist white cop. Hardly a lick of this narrative turned out to be true. Mike Brown, at 6’4″ 292 lbs, was no little schoolboy, and unless ‘jaywalking’ is how you say ‘assaulting a cop’ in Ebonics, he was no innocent either. For that matter, the only evidence offered that Darren Wilson was racist is that he happens to be white and a cop, which is apparently enough.
It was known fairly soon after incident that “innocent black schoolboy gunned down by racist cop” was a false narrative. But it was a narrative that was cynically promoted by the progressive left in order to advance their agenda. The Democrat Party — From Barack Obama and Eric Holder on down to bottom-feeders like Marcia Fudge and Jamilah Nasheed saw ‘The Narrative’ as a way of advancing their political fortunes and turning out the African-American base for the mid-terms. The wreckage he leaves in his wake — Crown Heights, Freddie’s Fashion Mart, Ferguson — collateral damage in his battle for self-aggrandizement.
For the Progressive media, the false narrative was an opportunity to promote the view of America as racist and terrible with which they have been indoctrinated since Journalism School. Journalists see it as their job to promote the narrative, to ‘change the world.’ to bend the arc of history toward socialism. As a bonus, video footage of black people rioting and looting is good for ratings.
And bridging left-wing media and left-wing politics is, of course, the Reverend Al Sharpton; who has made an entire career out of stirring the racial pot and been rewarded with a television show (despite barely being able to read a Teleprompter) and a position as a close adviser to the President of the United States.
Meanwhile, the people who suffer are the residents of Ferguson MO, who will now be deprived of jobs, opportunities, and shopping choices. But who care about about a bunch of ‘stupid American voters’ in flyover country, as long as the progressive left has a narrative to exploit.