Although many pundits are comparing the Ferguson riots to the 1960's violent protests, one really has to go back further and examine the genesis of violent urban behavior. I lived in Spanish Harlem during the time when it was one of the most dangerous areas of New York City. There was a Burt Lancaster film, "The Young Savages" that perfectly described my neighborhood and a part of it was even filmed in the playground on E. 106th street where my sister and I played. Most of these 'savages' were Puerto Rican and were as huge an embarrassment to my family as the Ferguson looters are to decent blacks like Minister Johnathan Gentry who ranted about Ferguson rioters and race demagogues Sharpton and Jackson. If you haven't watched his epic rant you're missing the truth unfiltered by media bias.
Many do not know that the now posh Manhattan Upper West Side was once no-man's land for the police and fire department that would be pelted with missiles and bottles when called to the West 80's either to shut off a fire hydrant or to settle a domestic dispute. I would visit my sister who lived on W.88th Street and was always glad to leave. I lived on East 110th street and watched in horror one summer day when my neighbors descended on one Italian man who got into a fender bender with my neighbor whom I knew as Uncle Louie. I saw young men whom I thought were good people turn into savage cowards pounding on one man and ultimately stabbing him and leaving him for dead.
The difference between that time and now is that most residents wanted a strong police presence to protect the innocent from the barbarians who roamed the streets in gangs. There also was no widespread looting because most store owners were armed. The acceptance of urban violence came later in the 1960's and was in part assisted by supportive media. Fledgling journalists like Geraldo Rivera and Juan Gonzalez, groomed in socialist academia and associated with The Young Lords, a Puerto Rican activist group that originated in Chicago, attempted to sympathize with the gangs as victims of society and economics. Thus looting became a justifiable result of the anger caused by economic inequality and poverty. What rot! Once the media excused criminal behavior, all bets were off and thugs learned their lesson well. Militant groups like the Black Panthers and Hamas use the useful idiots in the media to spread their propaganda.
One of the Ferguson looters, DeAndre Smith, was interviewed by the Washington Post fresh from looting a QuikTrip and said: "I'm proud of us. We deserve this, and this is what's supposed to happen when there's injustice in your community." Want the riots to end in Ferguson? Ban the media who are nothing more than agitators promoting the circus environment and inciting outsiders to join in the frenzy.
Good reporters would have verified the fact that Officer Darren Wilson sustained serious physical injuries from his confrontation with the 'unarmed teenager' who weighed close to 300 lbs. His face was swollen and now it is confirmed that he suffered an orbital eye fracture to his eye socket but the truth is irrelevant to these pseudo 'journolists' who are so far removed from average Americans that they belong to their own progressive group. So who belongs to this elite press entity?
According to MediaTrackers.com " A prominent CNN commentator, the top two political reporters for The Huffington Post, a Reuters reporter, the editor of The Nation magazine, a producer for Al Jazeera America television, a U.S. News & World Report columnist, and approximately two dozen Huffington Post contributors are among the more than 1,000 members of Gamechanger Salon. Founded by leftwing activist Billy Wimsatt, the group is a secretive digital gathering of writers, opinion leaders, activists and political hands who share information, ideas and strategy via a closed Google group."
Want to bet how many of these reporters are on site in Ferguson, Mo. getting their digital opinions from their puppet master mentors miles away in safe zones? Want the truth? Go to Breitbart, Drudgereport.com, Newsbusters.com and Lucianne.com. Be wary of CNN, the New York Times and the Washington Post.
Today so many Americans get their news from sites like Twitter and Facebook which may not always be a bad thing if one knows who to follow. I especially loved what former NBA Wizard Gilbert Arenas tweeted after Ferguson incident:
"FAMILiES of the victims pleaseeeeee stop asking #alsharpton to speak on ur behalf, you have a better chance having #caesar the monkey from #planetoftheapes to get justice for you."