So, we’re about to find out if the officer in Ferguson is going to be indicted, and the rumors floating about seem to suggest that he won’t.
After making some remarks about the ‘power structure,’ a protester commented, “I also think we’re not going to get change in this society unless white people are just a little bit afraid.”
There is just so much one could say to that. Personally, I think it is a very childish thing to say. Indeed, I think the whole Ferguson thing is a mass-manifestation of childish behavior.
Now, in some senses I’m actually sympathetic. The instances of police brutality seems to be on the rise, and police officers seem to have taken the adage, “better to be judged by 12 than carried by 6” to heart. Society has given them a pass in many ways because of the dangerous job that they have. But part of that job is upholding constitutional rights. That means that there are certain risks and responsibilities that come with being an officer of the law in our country that other countries don’t have to be concerned about. That is to say, we certainly could better preserve officer safety more concretely if we disarmed every American and allowed the police to have their complete way with the citizenry. But that’s not the way of freedom. If a police officer cannot operate as though the civil liberties of the people he serves are as sacrosanct as his own life, he really ought to get out of the job.
Moreover, my research has led me to the conviction that blacks in America have been targeted for oppression, and that this oppression often occurs along the lines that they maintain. The difference is that this oppression was largely built and maintained by liberal progressives. To hear people talk today, you’d think that Lincoln had been a Democrat, when in fact he was a Republican. But even that is too much of a gloss–it is really a product of the elites… but the elites are color-blind. They can be found on both sides of the aisle and they wish to enslave commoners of all colors. The failure of the black community to understand the true nature of their oppressors is in fact engineered. Worst of all, the black community has actually elected the people who would enslave them, and in this way facilitated their own re-enslavement. But as I alluded to, this is not just true of blacks.
It’s time for the people of Ferguson, MO to grow up, and the rest of this nation with them.
I took a look at the demographic data of Ferguson, and here is what I discovered:
- As of 2010, 30% of Ferguson’s population was white, while 67% was black.
- It has 53 police officers, only three of whom are black; apart from two other minorities, the balance of the officers are white. The chief of police is white.
- The Mayor is white. 4 of the councilmen are white, and only one is black. One of the white councilmen is a woman; I don’t know if that means she is inside the ‘power structure’ or outside it. [Link]
So, we’ve got a population that consists mostly of black people but it has a police force composed mainly of white people, which is under the authority of the council, which is also composed mainly of white people.
We may now ask exactly whose fault it is that the council and police force does not reflect the racial demographics of the town… it can’t be the white people’s fault. They are out-numbered 2 to 1. Whose fault is it that Ferguson’s leadership doesn’t reflect the proportions of Ferguson itself? The blacks.
Here we have all of these protestors out in the street, trying to inspire a ‘little bit of fear’ among the white folk, scaring the white folk into better representing the values and perspectives and needs of the majority of the population. It’s a temper tantrum of epic proportions, exactly the sort of behavior we’d expect children to engage in. Bullying, in fact. Bullying. [Insert screams of horror at the invocation of the word ‘bullying’] The adult thing to do is to elect people who will represent your values. That is the whole point of a republican democracy! (Whether or not the people you elect who supposedly share your values actually act on them is an entirely different matter altogether, as conservatives have discovered year after year after year, and are poised to discover here again presently.) Instead of acting like adults and running for office and putting people into positions of power and authority that will do the things you approve of, they wish to strike a little ‘fear’ into the ‘power structure,’ whilst leaving the ‘power structure’ otherwise intact.
In so many ways, the power and reach of the ‘system’ has been so extended that it is not practically possible for the average person to really change the ‘power structure.’ That’s what liberalism does: it puts self-rule as far out of reach of the average person as it can–after all, the average person is not too bright, stupid in fact, and is not able to make decisions for themselves. Indeed, not only do people not make decisions that are in their own self-interest, but they will resist efforts to help them along. That’s how stupid people are–according to liberalism. Which is why liberals constantly ‘kick’ as much up to ever higher levels of government. Your local town can’t be trusted to manage itself, that’s why the state should be in charge. The state can’t hack it, that’s why the Feds need to be in charge. (The Ferguson story seems to embody each of these elements.) Why do you think so many issues are falling under the purview of the United Nations? It’s because even nations can’t be trusted to manage their own affairs; experts are needed.
And yet, for all of that, it is still possible, at least to a degree, to affect the course of affairs in one’s own town.
I know, because I was an elected official at one time, and I did affect the course of affairs in my time. I also served on the Law Enforcement Committee and know without a doubt that I had the opportunity there to make sure that the police department reflected my values, or at least was aware of them and sensitive to them.
Instead of resorting to jack-booted tactics, the ‘oppressed’ in Ferguson should wise up, grow up, and run for office. It really is within their power to do so.
Regardless of the fact that the elites would much rather have them marching through the streets, prepared to burn down their own neighborhoods “in the name of justice.”
The guilt or innocence of the officer or the young man slain is totally irrelevant. If you think one is guilty and the other innocent or vice versa, your solution is the same: self-governance. Best get to it, while we still can.