It's the same old page out of the same old play book: black Americans burn down their own town over some grievance (fill in the blank here), and think that their criminal actions will change America for the better.
And things don't change for the better. We've seen it again and again, same ol' same ol'. Watts and Detroit in the 1960's. Los Angeles after the Rodney King beating. Blacks burning down their own businesses, and blaming whites for everything that is wrong with their lives.
What are the results of this latest riot in Ferguson, MO? Is the criminal justice system now going to look the other way from black crime? Can blacks now steal and mug their way into the mainstream of American society without consequences?
The results of this riot in the short term are crystal clear: many black-owned businesses in Ferguson are gone, burned to the ground. Hundreds of families are now without a source of income. And the millions of white viewers around the country who watched these riots on TV are horrified that things could get like this in their country.
The results in the long term are the same as they have always been: white flight. Whites fearing black violence move their families away from predominantly black and urban areas, leaving the black community to fend for itself. The black community left behind is then hard pressed to make up for the lost business revenue, lost tax revenue and lost opportunities that have fled along with the fearful white Americans that have moved their families to safer grounds in the suburbs.
The results are exactly opposite of what the black activists who are calling for 'no justice, no peace': a viscous cycle of violence that plunge the black community into further chaos and despair.
I have no advice for the black community that it already doesn't know: their leaders are leading them down the path to ruin. And things are not going to change for the better any time soon.
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