This kid’s got a pretty good shot at being the next Al Sharpton; of course, he hasn’t gotten anyone killed yet. So that’s kind of a deal breaker, I guess.
Joshua Williams has been everywhere: protesting in Ferguson, Mo., Washington, D.C., and Cleveland, Ohio. Now, he is in St. Louis, where police have arrested him for arson.
Williams has been portrayed in the media as an innocent victim fighting back against authority; he has been held up as the quintessential Ferguson protestor, decrying police brutality as he is time and again brutalized by police. When Williams interrupted a Ferguson City Council meeting in September and the meeting descended into chaos, for example, the New York Times published a photo of his disruptive antics with a caption that said that he had only “posed a question to the City Council.”
On the night after Christmas, St. Louis County Police arrested Williams on suspicion of arson in a separate incident. Williams was reportedly involved in the looting and burning of a QuikTrip convenience store on Christmas Eve in Berkeley, Mo., a St. Louis suburb approximately two miles away from Ferguson.
To the Progressive Left, acts of political violence are resume enhancers. Just ask Che Guevara, Professor Bill Ayers, Mumia Abu Jamal, and Kathy Boudin. Joshua Williams has a promising future as an MSDNC host, a tenured professor at a liberal university, or maybe even leverage his Community Organizer experience into a political career.