Wherever black Americans suffer loss, agitators flock to reap reward.
By Deneen Borelli – BarbWire guest contributor
Circumstances surrounding the events of the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., on Aug. 9 continue to unfold and dominate national headlines. A family, community and country have been captivated by the events that evolve daily.
The events in Ferguson are tragic on many levels. A young man lost his life, a police officer’s future hangs in the balance, and the aftermath of the shooting includes nightly protests and the looting of property, on display for the world to see.
Another misfortune was the swiftness of how this unfortunate situation was hijacked and exploited by outsiders seeking to advance their personal agendas.
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Black activists were among the first agitators to arrive in Ferguson. MSNBC host of “Politics Nation” and National Action Network President Al Sharpton made his appearance in Ferguson a few days after Mr. Brown’s death. As swift as an emergency responder, Mr. Sharpton inflated the racial demagoguery and rapidly amplified the emotions and tension in the community.
During Mr. Sharpton’s bombastic speech to the crowd at St. Louis‘ Old Courthouse, he whipped up emotions by portraying Brown as a “gentle giant” and an innocent victim who died while trying to surrender with his hands up.
True to form and without all the facts, Mr. Sharpton elevated the tragedy in St. Louis as an example of racism in America saying, “The Band-Aid has been ripped off, and all of America is seeing the open wound of racism exists.”
Not to be outhustled by Mr. Sharpton, Jesse Jackson also made his way to Ferguson. Although Mr. Jackson was Johnny-come-lately to Ferguson, he quickly found the words to dial up the racial unrest. During an interview on MSNBC, Mr. Jackson described the Brown shooting as a “state execution.”
Importantly, these inflammatory remarks were seemingly based on comments made by Brown’s friend, Dorian Johnson, who was present at the shooting. They were made before many of the subsequent facts of the case were known, including a physical altercation between Mr. Brown and police Officer Darren Wilson. According to news reports, the exchange resulted in a fractured orbital bone in Officer Wilson’s face.
These poor economic conditions are no doubt a contributing factor to the social unrest in Ferguson. This is also another reason why Mr. Sharpton and Mr. Jackson want to keep the focus on race and not the failures of progressive policies.
The recent events in Ferguson are undoubtedly a horrible tragedy, resulting in heartbreak for all the families involved. Still, let’s use this moment as an opportunity to come together and solve the real problems facing the black community today using nonviolence rather than by destroying a community and allowing race hustlers like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton to escalate the unrest.
Deneen Borelli is the outreach director for FreedomWorks, a Fox News Channel contributor and the author of “Blacklash: How Obama and the Left Are Driving Americans to the Government Plantation” (Threshold, 2013).
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