Riot Time?

Ferguson Steels for More Unrest

Walk down West Florissant Avenue, and the scars of the summer are still there. The door and display window of a beauty supply store remain covered with plywood; a glued-up poster, “Beauty Town Is Back,” is the one hopeful sign of the life inside. A cellphone store, too, still has the plywood up from when riots and confrontations with the police shook this neighborhood. And the Family of Faith Baptist Church uses its billboard to proclaim, “Join us as we pray for peace.” But few are expecting peace as this St. Louis suburb prepares for a grand jury decision, expected in the next few weeks, on whether to indict the police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man in August, inciting months of protests and putting Ferguson at the center of a national debate over the police and race. Here, where heavily fortified police officers faced the demonstrators and the nights sometimes turned violent, even those shopkeepers who put in new windows are boarding up again.
Comments: Image source. Seems predictable. One group doesn't get their own way ... violence and destruction is resorted to.


  1. More on protest preparations.

    No Justice, No Peace! #Ferguson Protest Leader Has Car Stolen During “F*ck the Police” Rally AND ORGANIZERS TRAIN NEWLY MINTED PROTESTERS IN ST. LOUIS

    IF THERE ARE RIOTS: My sad prediction: People who are alive today will not live to enjoy Christmas!

  2. It strikes me that something is very odd when people destroy their own neighborhood. There was a wrongful shooting of a man around Waseca a few years back where the officer was exonerated on what I consider dubious evidence at best, and no 7-11s burned.

    I am thinking that the past 50 years have taught a nasty idea to the black community; that their prosperity and well-being does not depend on how they treat others in their community. It appears they're treating shop owners as enemies, especially if they're of another race.

  3. Union: Darren Wilson Confident He Will Not Face Charges In Michael Brown’s Shooting Death:

    Wilson has been under a lot of pressure and stress but appeared confident in the outcome of the grand jury investigation, Roorda said.
    “It’s fair to say that neither he nor his defense team expect an indictment,” Roorda said, offering his impression of the situation based on the meeting with Wilson.

  4. Maybe too cold to protest: This Time, the Protesters in Ferguson May Decide to Pass:

    Several protesters contacted in the past week said they are unlikely to join a new round of demonstrations because of the bitter Midwestern cold, or because they cannot afford to miss work. Some said they have heard the stern pronouncements of law enforcement agencies and seen reports of business owners arming themselves and boarding up their shops, and were scared by them.

    “Basically, you doing what you did before, it’s suicide,” said Aaron Davis, 30, a barber from Ferguson who was a regular during the summer protests but avoided the violence. “Let’s be real about it. You know when you go out there, it’s over. They’re ready for you.”

  5. Like the folly of a cat shitting in its own food dish ... rioters destroyed their own community

  6. Disturbing: Rioting as a planned event

    Monday night’s reaction to a grand jury’s decision not to indict the Ferguson police officer who killed an unarmed young black man in August consisted of peaceful protest in some places and vandalism and looting in others — a burst of violence so widely and persistently predicted that it seemed as much self-fulfilling prophecy as organic expression of rage.

    Spontaneous or organized, riots have sporadically pierced the social compact through two and a half centuries of this country’s struggles over equality and opportunity. But August’s violence in Ferguson broke the mold in three important ways — one of which is just unfolding now. These were rare suburban riots, racial violence coming to the very place where many Americans — both white and black — had fled after the urban unrest of the 1960s. These were the most significant explosions of racial frustration since the election of the nation’s first black president, and so Ferguson forced the country out of the fantasy that America had entered a “post-racial” era.

    Finally, what distinguishes Ferguson from the crowded historical catalogue of racially-motivated street violence is what has happened in recent weeks: The unseemly buildup to the announcement of the grand jury’s conclusion that no crime was committed in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown has produced an expectation of ugliness. What occurred Monday night — and may continue in the days ahead — is rioting as planned event, so pervasively predicted, so extensively prepared for as to obscure the power and meaning of the protests.


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