In one three-minute rant, Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan revealed the lie blacks live with in many of the "hoods" of America. Louis pointed out that in Ferguson MO, a town dominated by blacks three to one, there was a white mayor and blacks weren't able to make their own laws.
I may be mistaken, but didn't blacks get the vote with the 15th Amendment 144 years ago? If my math is right, a 2/3's black population in Ferguson ought to mean they could elect whomever they pleased. Yet, not only was a white mayor elected but the police chief is white as are 50 of the 53 cops on the squad. The Prosecutor, Robert McCulloch has been in the same office for 24 years, winning the last election by a landslide. After the Michael Brown killing, 70,000 people petitioned McCulloch to step down. He refused.
I don't recall any protests, riots or convenience store burnings because of fixed elections there do you?
Further, I don't know what laws blacks would amend or legislate. Farrakhan wasn't specific. He did speculate whether Michael Brown committed the felony of strong-armed theft or not. I thought the video surveillance of it was clear and damning. Was Louie's point that if blacks were in charge they would have legalized strong-arm theft, or would they change the law to absolve the guilty on a daily basis you know, like President Obama?
The Minister went on to justify his view. He said that if you live in the hood you don't control any economics. You are victim to Arab, Chinese, Korean, Indian, and white shopkeepers. They are there just to profit off you and never give back anything to the community. That particular rant was given a standing ovation by the blacks in the audience.
The implication is clear.
Businesses run from all-of-the-above are not welcome where blacks dominate. If the wrong ethnic opens here, they're doing it at their own risk of personal and/or property assault. If you are different you're not welcome to open a business in Ferguson. Anyone else seeing the irony here?
It's about time race-baiters like Farrakhan, Obama, Holder, Jackson and Sharpton started talking about the American Dream instead of leading blacks, especially males, down a path of shame, resentment, failure, frustration and crime.
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I'm confused. I know ten black business people who have owned retail businesses in the St. Louis trading area for decades. Many own businesses just a few miles away from Ferguson. Some have multiple units. These owners are very concerned with local communities and give back a lot. The majority are married couples who live at home with their kids. Many of them come from a two parent family. Some of them have seen their children become business men and women.
That's what pride is about. That's what independence is about. That's what the pursuit of happiness is about.
Last week, an all-star, all-black Little League team became the champions of the USA. They lost to South Korea for the world championship of Little League. There was no whining, no blaming a bad call or two, no bashing of Asians. The coach of the Jackie Robinson Little League All Stars attributed the team's efforts to the parents. They're from a part of the South Side middle class where 90% of the parents live together with their children. Most have held down jobs for a long time.
Seems to me this is the path chosen by none of the race baiters named above because it makes their existence irrelevant.
And don't kid yourself.
It is all about them.