Merry Christmas, Haters

Barb Wire

Reuters reports:

Protests flared into early Thursday in the St. Louis suburb where a white policeman fatally shot a black man who brandished a gun at a gas station on Tuesday night.

A group of protesters marched onto Interstate 170 in the city of Berkeley, Missouri, around 7 p.m. on Wednesday, blocking traffic for roughly 45 minutes. The demonstration followed a vigil at the Mobil On The Run gas station where the shooting occurred.

The site was just a few miles from the Ferguson street where a white police officer shot dead 18-year-old Michael Brown in August, fuelling weeks of protest in the region and across the country.

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People obsessed with race keep pointing out white cop, black suspect, because fomenting racial hatred is all that matters to them. There is video of this incident, however, and police say it appears the suspects may have been attempting to stage an ambush: When the officer responded to a reported theft at the Mobil gas station/convenience store, he encountered two suspects, one of whom drew a 9mm pistol.

That 18-year-old suspect had an extensive criminal record, having been previously charged with “three assaults, armed robbery, armed criminal action and multiple uses of weapons since he was 17.” Police say the serial number had been filed off the suspect’s pistol, indicating the weapon was probably stolen.

From what we know, then, it appears that this suspect was a one-man crime wave — a menace to society, a dangerous thug — and the police officer who shot him was entirely justified in doing so. We have already seen how hateful race-baiting rhetoric motivated Ismaaiyl Brinsley to murder NYPD officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos. As one retired NYPD officer said on CNN: “We have two dead police officers, and I guess Al Sharpton got what he wanted.”

The dangerous consequences of promoting irresponsible hate-mongers like Sharpton, however, won’t stop the liberal media from recycling an anti-police narrative which implies that in any conflict between a white cop and a black criminal, the criminal is actually a victim.

On a parallel hate front, we have feminists whose desire to fight “rape culture” led to a hoax at the University of Virginia in which members of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity were falsely accused of gang rape by a girl who evidently invented her attacker, “Haven Monahan.” (The false accuser reportedly plagiarized an episode of the old teen drama Dawson’s Creek in a fake e-mail.) Why did this apparent fabrication become a lurid 9,000-word article in Rolling Stone? Because it seems that the writer, Sabrina Rubin Erdely, was hunting for a dramatic rape story at an “elite” university, a heinous crime perpetrated by “privileged” rapists — in other words, she wanted a horror tale in which the demonized villains were rich white males. The tale told by Jackie at UVA fit that feminist narrative. Unfortunately for Erdely (and for the feminist narrative), it seems that Jackie is a pathological liar and, whatever the reality of “rape culture” on campus, the Phi Kappa Psi brothers were falsely accused.

“But like most colleges across America, genteel University of Virginia has no radical feminist culture seeking to upend the patriarchy.”
Sabrina Rubin Erdely, Rolling Stone

This kind of hate is all about progressive ideas of “social justice.” Yet as Friedrich Hayek showed, social justice is a mirage — the utopia toward which radical egalitarian ideologues claim to be leading us does not exist, and can never exist, simply because human society requires social order and all social orders involve hierarchy. Once you realize that “equality” is a false goal, you realize that what progressives are actually doing is destroying the existing social order — democracy, economic liberty, the rule of law — with the intention to replace it with a social order controlled by a political elite, with less real liberty for the “masses” and no rule of law to protect the rights of individuals.

It is amazing to me that any American would let these hateful demagogues appealing to prejudice persuade us to embrace their “social justice” swindle, a dishonest scam by which a power-hungry elite seek to defraud us all of our true inheritance, liberty.

Merry Christmas, and may God bless America.

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Robert Stacy McCain
Robert Stacy McCain is an award-winning journalist with more than 25 years of experience in the news business. He is a correspondent for The American Spectator, editor-in-chief at Viral Read and blogs at

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