With thanks to Drudge for the link, there’s a story up today at fusion.net which portends what lies ahead for us in the way of civil unrest and rioting. And it’s getting much uglier. Yesterday, during a telephone conversation, a very close friend expressed some frustration that uniformed officers of the Baltimore Police stood around and watched rioters and vandals destroy property, rob people and assault others, purportedly in protest over the in-custody death of Freddie Gray. I wrote about the half-baked reporting we’ve received from the American Press Corps about what really started the Gray incident, here.
Today’s fusion.net report and commentary were put together by Daniel Rivero. Incredibly:
Sometimes a protest is just a riot camouflaged in self-righteousness. It might not start that way, and the actors might not think that it is. But nonetheless, sometimes it is.
A few miles from my apartment, the Miami neighborhood Liberty City has yet to shake the aftereffects of the 1980 riots that sprang from the acquittal of four officers in the killing of a black man. In California, neighborhoods and property values remain scarred from the Watts Riots in 1965 and the Rodney King Riots in 1992. More recently in Ferguson, Mo., the long-term consequences of a few nights of looting and burning are starting to be felt by residents and property owners.
So it makes sense, in a way, that facing a weekend of protests against the mysterious police-related death of resident Freddie Gray, that Baltimore authorities would be on edge.
What no one expected is what Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake admitted in a press conference on Sunday: that she asked the Baltimore Police Department to “give those who wished to destroy space to do that.”…
Read the entire report. I doubt very seriously that Mayor Rawlings-Blake’s stand down communique to the police chief was framed as a “request”.
So, if this becomes a trend among America’s mayors, to give stand-down orders to their cops when violent protests (read that: race riots) break out over police actions which result in the deaths of men of color, how long can it be until we reach a state of total breakdown of civil order? I posed a rather similar scenario in my fictional sequel to A Summons To Perdition, in which the nation’s cops are nationalized and given a long vacation as our country descends into violent chaos and a bloody civil war.
I could not, and will not, in honesty tell you that Barack Obama has made a serious effort to calm racial emotions among our African American population. He has in a very sophisticated and clever way said things which are designed to actually do the opposite, and divide us bitterly by the color of our skin.
Read my book A Summons To Perdition: Book 2 for a terrifying look at where we go given the national police stand-down. I really hope I’m wrong in my work of fiction. But what mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake did in having the police as spectators while her city underwent some massive demolition and renovation via anarchy is one step closer to where I believe Mr. Obama has been deliberately steering us for a long time.