The Sad Reality of Ferguson

The Ferguson rioting is the end result of Democrat policy.

The New York Times quoted Mr. Moore, a resident of Ferguson, Mo., who blames the rioting that followed the recent death of 18-year-old Michael Brown on the police.

"It broke the camel's back," Mr. Moore said of the killing of the teenager, Michael Brown. Referring to the northern part of St. Louis County, he continued, "The people in North County - not just African-Americans, some of the white people, too - they are tired of the police harassment."

The Times pointed out that Ferguson's police might just possibly be doing their job and targeting actual criminals:

Although experience and statistics suggest that Ferguson's police force disproportionately targets blacks, it is not as imbalanced as in some neighboring departments in St. Louis County. While blacks are 37 percent more likely to be pulled over compared with their proportion of the population in Ferguson, that is less than the statewide average of 59 percent, according to Richard Rosenfeld, a professor of criminology at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

The protests have attracted deliberate looters:

But over time, the demonstrations have changed to become an amalgam of peaceful protesters - some furious about what they say is endemic abuse of African-Americans by the police - and separate groups that have carried out acts of violence and looting.

The police are required to maintain law and order which occasionally requires giving criminals a rough time.  Back in 2010, the Times pointed out that minorities in New York City commit more crimes than whites do:

Blacks are only 23 percent of the city's population.  Whites ... make up 35 percent of the city's population.  ...

Based on reports filed by victims, blacks committed 66 percent of all violent crime in New York in 2009, including 80 percent of shootings and 71 percent of robberies. Blacks and Hispanics together accounted for 98 percent of reported gun assaults. And the vast majority of the victims of violent crime were also members of minority groups. [emphasis added]

Non-Hispanic whites, on the other hand, committed 5 percent of the city's violent crimes in 2009, 1.4 percent of all shootings and less than 5 percent of all robberies.

Blacks are 23% of the New York population but commit 66% of the violent crimes; whites are 35% of the population and commit 5% of the violent crimes.

Most unsolved murders in Boston are black-on-black.  Chicago has suffered a black-on-black murder epidemic.  None of the black leadership talks about this; they get involved only when a death involves a non-black person or a policeman as in Ferguson or in a gated community in Florida.  Any black leader who points out this unanticipated cost of single motherhood is criticized fiercely for "blaming the victim."

Black crime has been a problem for a long time:

"Do you know that Negroes are 10% of the population of St. Louis and are responsible for 58% of the crimes?  We've got to face that.  And we've got to do something about our moral standards," Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. told a congregation in 1961.  "We know that there are many things wrong in the white world, but there are many things wrong in the black world, too.  We can't keep on blaming the white man.  There are things we must do for ourselves."

St. Louis is a few miles from Ferguson; the situation Dr. King described 50 years ago hasn't changed a whit.  Are police being racist when they investigate blacks at higher rates than whites, or are they simply doing their jobs?

Much of the recent crime wave goes back to Great Society welfare programs which were instituted just over 50 years ago.  President Johnson said that his programs would provide jobs so that poor people could better themselves, but welfare has become a way for two generations to live without working at all.

In the days before welfare, girls would say, "Not unless you marry me, and I won't marry you unless you grow up and get a job."  A man who wanted regular sex would grow up, get a job, get married, and help his wife raise their children.  A woman had to get a husband in order to have a home and children.

With welfare, a woman doesn't need a husband, all she has to get is pregnant.  A husband would be a liability because getting married would end her benefits.  A husband would have to earn between $50,000 and $60,000 pre-tax dollars to match her tax-free welfare payments.  How can an ill-educated man compete with that?  Women have always gone for the guys with the most money.  Welfare outbids working men for women's affections and deliberately subsidizes illegitimate children.

We know that boys who grow up without fathers get into far more trouble than those who have fathers.  The Ferguson rioters are drawn from the 2/3 of black children who're being raised by single mothers.  White illegitimacy is not as great, but it, too, is growing.

Democrats benefit because criminals make more work for prison guards' unions and welfare recipients aren't likely to vote against more spending.  Democrats also allow teachers' unions to bribe them to permit the unions to operate dropout mills which don't educate inner city kids.  Keeping kids uneducated makes it even more likely that they'll end up benefiting the prison guards' union whose dues help elect Democrat politicians.

We know that fatherlessness is a root cause of rioting and much other black crime.  The solution is to require taking birth control as a condition of receiving welfare.  Fatherless children benefit Democratic politicians so much, however, that there isn't much hope of anything changing any time soon.

And if their voters get gunned down by the police while committing crimes as appears to have been the case in Ferguson, that doesn't matter - being dead doesn't prevent them from continuing to vote for Democrats from the great beyond.

Will Offensicht is a staff writer for and an internationally published author by a different name.  Read other articles by Will Offensicht or other articles on Society.
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