Some of the people Johnson is marching with are masked, and wearing the colors of the Bloods.But at the same chaotic press conference, Captain Johnson made clear that Nixon’s mistake is not really being reversed:
Johnson…said law enforcement would not be heavy-handed in enforcing the curfew.There has to be a limit to how much there is to steal in a poor community like Ferguson and to how many nights its young men want to spend roaming the streets (especially when it rains, as it began to do on in Ferguson Saturday morning).
"We won't enforce it with trucks, we won't enforce it with tear gas," he said.
The fragile peace shattered in Ferguson earlier in the day when looters again targeted neighborhood businesses while law enforcement in riot gear largely looked on without intervening.
[Missouri governor imposes curfew in Ferguson, declares emergency, by Ralph Ellis, Jason, Hanna and Shimon Prokupecz, CNN.com, August 16, 2014. Emphasis added].
So it’s possible Nixon and Johnson may get lucky and things will just calm down.
But they will flare up again—quite possibly if and when the local authorities dare not to indict Darren Wilson, the police officer involved—particularly because the Left is obviously gearing up to use this type of discontent as an excuse to launch more social engineering drives to seek out and destroy America’s remaining whitopias. (See Ferguson Is a Microcosm of Our Racially—and Politically—Polarized Country| In the St. Louis suburb, the white ruling class has created de facto apartheid, by Brian Beutler, New Republic, August 16, 2014 [note comment thread!]; Around St. Louis, a Circle of Rage, by Tanzina Vega and John Eligon, New York Times, Aug. 16, 2014)
So here are some pointers to consider when this racial melodrama is replayed—either in Ferguson in the next few days or a similar town disturbingly near you in the future:
Contrary to Jonah Goldberg in his August 16 Ferguson Agonistes in National Review (which seems to be having a particularly bad time with its peasants on this issue), I don’t think “rioting is almost never justified” (my emphasis).
I think it’s never justified.
In other words, what Governor Nixon and Captain Johnson are doing, to the usual MSM applause, is the exact opposite of what they should be doing. They should meet any sign of rioting with ruthless coercion:
The time to halt a riot is right at the start, by pinching off the criminal spearhead with precise and overwhelming force. The cops will usually be caught flat-footed (no pun intended) by the initial outbreak. But they need to spring into a pre-arranged mobilization that should always be as ready in every major city as the fire-department or hospital disaster-response program.That was the late Eugene Methvin…writing in the pre-purge National Review (June 10, 1991).
Personally, my sympathies, like those of most fair-minded Americans, are entirely with Police Officer Wilson (who is clearly going to be legally lynched like the Rodney King cops and who should probably flee the country).
But his guilt or innocence is completely irrelevant here. There is no right to riot—period.
(I am informed, to my surprise, that current law enforcement doctrine in the wake of the Los Angeles riots is precisely to suppress incipient riots in the way Methvin describes—which the Ferguson police did not. Of course, this is exactly the opposite of the conventional MSM account of what happened there. Surprise!).
Recently, the black murderers of five young whites in a case that VDARE.com has been tracking—since 2001!—as “The Wichita Horror” had their death penalties overturned on an absurd legalistic technicality.
These murders were infinitely more atrocious than anything that happened to Michael Brown.
Yet there are no riots. (Nor was there even any national MSM coverage.)
Why the contrast?
And this is just one of many black-on-white atrocities. Instapundit noted that a story about the horrific murders of Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom was trending today on the Knoxville News-Sentinel but that no one knew why. One of his commenters asked why that hadn’t produced riots.
For that matter, why don’t they denounce systematic disproportionate black criminality?
“A quick check of Missouri and federal law by anyone with even a 6th grade education would show a huge over-reach by the governor. There is NO basis for his actions and no legal justification for removal of local authority.”Even on this legal point, I see no sign that anyone in the Missouri GOP (full of lawyers) has protested Governor Nixon’s actions—or, indeed, said anything at all.
The question is: why?