Well, not that it was unexpected.
The riots, looting, and destruction were the culmination of weeks of threats the savages of Ferguson issued if the grand jury did not return the verdict they desired.
The city is burning, and they were ready for war.
They were ready for “war,” because somehow the decision of their fellow citizens based on scientific evidence became a personal slight – an opportunity to project every miserable event in their lives onto this one event and blame others for what they perceive to be their lousy lot in life.
I’m not good at expressing very many feelings, other than rage.
One of my assignments in grad school for my class in intelligence profiling was to develop a profile of myself. After careful self-analysis, I realized that my background as a Soviet Jew is the reason for my visceral reactions to injustice.
I wrote that injustice – whether it’s the force of the state against the individual, the force of the strong taking advantage and abusing the weak – whether the elderly, defenseless animals, or babies – or the force of those who gather in a mob to abuse those whom they perceive to be ready victims – makes me cry.
It ties my stomach up in knots.
The sheer intensity of the rage I feel takes my breath away.
The helplessness – the inability to do anything to help level the playing field – the utter despair I feel becomes physical pain.
It’s that pain that I felt when I stared down the barrel of a Soviet-made AK in Chop – that little border town in western Ukraine after the guards took my dad away for no reason other than to humiliate the Jews.
That’s the kind of pain and rage I feel when I see the looting Neanderthals victimizing innocent people in savage hordes.
It’s not because some kind of injustice happened in that grand jury hearing! It’s no because the jury was wrong, or racist, or somehow prejudiced against Michael Brown.
It’s because the jury did its job. They examined forensic reports, listened to testimony from eyewitnesses and others, read multiple written documents, (the entire pack of documents is linked here) and in the end, they chose not to indict.
The justice system worked. Whether or not you like or agree with the results, based on the reams of evidence they examined, the grand jury did its due diligence and decided not to return the indictment.
That is called justice.
But that’s not why these looters are rioting. They don’t care about justice. They were planning riots long before the decision not to indict came down. They were planning to victimize innocent people – people who were maybe more successful, more well off, and better situated than they were.
And because these miserable, thieving Neanderthals need someone to blame for their lousy lot in life, they chose to project their grievances onto this one case, and to punish those who represent the wealth and success they would not work to achieve.
THAT’s what this is about. It’s a herd of barbarians taking the opportunity to exact vengeance for some nebulous slights against innocent people who had nothing to do with the grand jury decisions.
Merely because they could.
They had bricks, incendiary devices, numbers, and the willingness to victimize others.
Gun sales spiked in preparation for the decision in this case, according to CNN. Many chose not to rely on police to protect themselves and their property, but to take responsibility for their own lives and livelihoods.
That did not stop the looting hordes from setting local businesses and vehicles on fire. What did the owners of Little Caesar’s Pizza and Auto Zone ever do to these animals?
Nothing. They looted and burned businesses, because they were there. Because this was the opportunity to take out all their rage on someone – anyone! It was the opportunity to, for once, in their miserable, decaying lives, to show their strength, rather than fester in their weakness!
I know I’m not good at expressing my emotions. I know I tend to focus more on factual information, links, evidence, etc.
This injustice – not the grand jury decision, which by all available evidence was reached after a thorough preponderance of the evidence presented – but the repugnant display of force against innocent people…
…this savagery makes me sick!
It should make anyone sick!
It should evoke tears, rage, horror, and shock.
This is the devolution of our society – the chaos and the agonizing shambles – that comes from this entitlement mentality: the mentality that allows sub-human swine to victimize innocent people en masse, because they somehow feel they somehow have the right to do so as a demonstration of their own impotent rage.
I’m so glad many in Ferguson chose to arm themselves! I’m grateful people began to realize how critical the ability to defend themselves is. I only fear that not enough of them chose to do so.