Where Were You in ‘68?

Windows smashed.  Buildings ablaze, lighting up the night sky.  “Civil Rights Activists” ginning up the mob.  Ferguson, Missouri in 2014.

What’s the net result?  For starters, black and immigrant owned businesses are gone.  Families, most likely African-American, are homeless.  The only winners are the race pimps, the agitators, and the mainstream media – whose ratings go up as we sit in front of our LCD screens and watch as “those people”, hundreds (or thousands) of miles away destroy a small city.

In 1968 I was a young kid living just across the Baltimore City line.  My father worked downtown at the old Fish Market (now Port Discovery).  Here is one of my memories:

What’s the biggest difference?  One photo is color and the other is black and white.

Businesses and homes were burned.  People lost their jobs.  People had no home to return to after the tumult.

Have injustices been addressed?  Yes.  Does more need to be done?  Yes.  However, I would argue that the non-violent actions of people like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Ralph Abernathy, Medgar Evers, and countless others did more to bring that about than any action by the likes of Rap Brown, Jesse Jackson, or Al Sharpton.  They also managed to encourage progress rather than destroy the lives of their fellow African-Americans.

Today we have the likes of Attorney General Eric Holder stating that he “doesn’t condone the violence”.  Missouri governor Jay Nixon refused to send in the National Guard until after a full night of burning and looting.  Back then Baltimore mayor Thomas L. J. D’Alesandro, III refused to ask Maryland governor Spiro Agnew to send in the National Guard until a great deal of damage had already been done and the riot had gotten out of hand.  At least Agnew, considered a moderate, “Rockefeller” Republican at the time, took a stand and demanded that the self-identified “leaders” of the African-American community lead and denounce the violence.  Most did not out of fear of reprisals from the more radical elements inciting the riots.

Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani last week demanded that our nation’s leaders denounce the violence in Ferguson.  Where are our elected officials?  Are they too afraid of the Al Sharptons of the world and how they will be portrayed on MSNBC?

Any individual who even attempts to justify the behavior we have recently witnessed should be ashamed.  Unfortunately these people have no shame.  Decent, hard working persons, usually black persons, are left to shoulder the burden of a relative few who believe (I won’t say “think) that looting, burning, and inflicting bodily injury somehow solves a problem.

In 1963 Cambridge, MD was ground zero for such violence.  The grievances of Cambridge’s black community were numerous and genuine.  Unfortunately, what should have been a non-violent protest became a riot.  Who suffered?  The worst victims were injured black citizens and black business owners who had provided jobs within their community.  Many of those business owners, men like Charlie Cornish, simply threw up their hands and walked away after the 1963 riots.  As a consequence, things weren’t much better four years later when the small town of Cambridge erupted into violence again.

Riots don’t accomplish anything.  Will black unemployment go down when many of the businesses that employ African-Americans are looted and smashed?  Will racism, which still exists in this great nation, go away when white citizens see a mob behaving like savages?  Will the economic drivers of a black community rebuild from the ashes when they have been burned out by members of their own community?  No!

Who profits?  Race pimps like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson … and media like MSNBC, CNN, and FOXNews.

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