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Ferguson, Missouri: rioting against racism, encouraging murder

That’s the same kind of problem with the response to the Michael Brown killing.

If it’s wrong to use racial stereotypes, if that’s what is being protested in Ferguson with the outraged response to the shooting of a black teenager by a white police officer, then why is it okay to use any kind of stereotyping?

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Why is it an appropriate response for even aggrieved, outraged people who are angry at what they perceive to have been a racist response to a specific situation, to themselves engage in a racist response?

The Ferguson fury, whether against whites in general or police officers or (incredibly, as they have nothing to do with this particular horrible situation – Jews) has been directed at a class of people, for what was done by one person. Putting aside, of course, whether the single white police officer at the vortex of this nightmare did something wrong, regardless of the tragic result.

Protesters in Ferguson, Missouri

If the response to lumping all people in a class defined by race or religion or occupation is that these classes of people respond systematically in a racist manner as proven by statistics – the response to that is if statistics are allowed to trump specifics, those complaining are not going to be happy with the results.

And then there is the malicious manipulation of such fury. This outburst of anger, which is itself a form of racist fury (or would they use the defense of provocation to mitigate their culpability?), is being directed against a minority group which had nothing to do with the incident at all. Who will call these agitators on their effort to insert themselves into a tragedy and create even greater mayhem?

There are those who are trying to manipulate the Ferguson tragedy for their own goals.

And yet another tragic irony is that the people hurt the most by the paroxysms of violence in Ferguson are the very people whose response to what is perceived as a racist world was to better themselves by being productive members of the community. The numbers of black-owned businesses destroyed by the rioting is a final disgrace. And there are so many.

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Lori Lowenthal Marcus is a contributor to the JewishPress.com. A graduate of Harvard Law School, she previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools. You can reach her by email: Lori@JewishPressOnline.com

17 COMMENTS

  1. Al Sharpton a convicted Tax Cheat to the tune of 4.5 million dollars headed up this firestorm so that he can shield himself from the racists that are making him pay his taxes he owes. Eric Holder the US attorney General who sent illegal weapons to Mexico and to enforce the law hear is resigning in disgrace and also heads up this farce. Simple facts are Gang member who just robbed retail outlet assaults arresting Officer wresting for his firearm when weapon was discharged twice. Officer attempted to subdue suspect and was being charged at which time suspect met his end. Moral of the story do not try to take away the firearm of the officer during an arrest it rarely ends well. This criminal was not only bold but quite stupid as well!

  2. Ms. Marcus. That photo wasn't taken in Ferguson, it was from a protest in Seattle, WA. It's very hard to see on the sign, but "Seattle" is written on the right hand side after "Stand up!." Police officers on bicycles wouldn't stand a chance in Ferguson now. When something like this happens, it's an excuse for other organizations to spread hate against one group of people disguised as concern for the group they've supposedly victimized, taking advantage of the media coverage to get increased attention.

  3. For over fifty years liberals have subscribed to a Manichaean worldview that casts poor uneducated rural Southern Blacks as angels and poor uneducated rural Southern whites as demons. Never have two peoples so similar been treated so disparately by the so-called advocates of "equality."

    As far as liberals are concerned, poor uneducated Blacks are profound left wing intellectuals whose substandard English is an act of revolutionary defiance while the almost identical dialect of poor Southern whites is a sign of ignorance and hatefulness. Poor white religious enthusiasm and fundamentalism is made the brunt of fun and superiority while the exact same Xian enthusiasm and fundamentalism among Blacks is branded a quaint "non-western" culture which all must respect in the name of "multiculturalism" (Missionary Baptists are multicultral?…REALLY???). In fact, most "anti-Xian" liberals seem to not consider Black Xians to be "real Xians" at all.

    And I suppose while traditional Southern dishes are "soul food" when eaten by Blacks, those same identical foods must be "the food of fascism" in a poor "redneck" home. And do people really believe that Clem's squirrel rifle is the only example of human predation upon sweet little animals. I'm sure ancient Africans never hunted; they just went the the supermarket whenever they were hungry.

    As a descendant of Southern Unionists who fought for the Union during the Civil War and whose family has been Republican since Lincoln, I have no respect whatsoever for liberals. All they have ever wanted to do was to replace one bigotry for another and one hagiography for another. Until liberals actually learn that people are people…that they are not avatars of "social justice" or "reaction"…they will never do anything but make things worse.

    After all–how many people have noticed that the "left wing" offers the "oppressed" the same fanatical nationalism, the same justification of unjustifiable behavior, and the same ethnic self-worship that the "right wing" has offered Europeans for all this time? So long as the "Left" is the "Right" for "minorities," liberals lose all right to criticism the "Right" at all.

  4. What i noticed was one riot (in Ferguson, of course), some scuffling, fake blood being thrown on the police commissioner in the Big Apple, and a lot of peaceful (although annoying to drivers) protesting. The vast majority of the protesters were peaceful (in numerous cities).

    That being said, the riot itself is evidence that there are troublemakers out there. I wouldn't be surprised if they turned out to be teenage boys (or even twentysomething men). That's pretty much the age of idiocy, one's adolescent years.

  5. It is truly deplorable that a jew who passed so many trial in his existence because of who he is all through history until he won his true freedom through zionism could fail to appreciate their anger when a moron killed unarmed man with nine bullets? Einstein said “human stupidity knows no bounds’.very very lamentable piece of rubbish.

  6. That photo was taken in Seattle, WA. Also The kid who was murdered never reached for the officers firearm or charged at him. The kid was well over 150 feet away the autopsy determined. Not saying mike brown was a outstanding citizen neither but death was uncalled for

  7. Interesting that you ignore his blood inside the police car and outside the police car door which happened when he tried to grab the officers gun. Yes he was 150' away and at a full charge, that he got shot through the top of his head. If you have your hands up your head is not down.

  8. Why are you blaming the victims and ignoring the obvious tragedy? Jews have nothing to do with this – so stop hating us! Another black young man was murdered by white, anglo law enforcement, and the perpetrator is found innocent. Can't we hurt without your condemnation? It's not necessary to kick us while we are down. We respect your pain as a people. Can't we just get the same amount of respect?

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