Ferguson: Before and After the Riots

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The following “before [riot]” and “after [riot]” photos, showing the aftermath of riots following a grand jury’s decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown, are from The Wall St. Journal, Nov. 25, 2014:

Advance Auto Parts and Fashion R on West Florissant Avenue just south of Chambers Road

Advance Auto Parts and Fashion R on W. Florissant Ave. just south of Chambers Rd.

TitleMax Title Loans on W. Florissant Ave.

TitleMax Title Loans on W. Florissant Ave.

Clean World Laundromat on corner of W. Florissant Ave. & Chambers Rd

Clean World Laundromat on corner of W. Florissant Ave. & Chambers Rd

Little Caesars on N. Florissant Rd

Little Caesars on N. Florissant Rd

Prime Beauty Supply, corner of W. Florissant & Chambers

Prime Beauty Supply, corner of W. Florissant & Chambers

From The Daily Mail:

Hunan Chop Suey Chinese restaurant

This used to be an antique store

This used to be a gas station

To the Ferguson rioters/looters/vandals/arsonists:

This is what you did in the name of “Justice for Michael Brown.”
You must be so proud burning, looting, demolishing small businesses, most of which are owned by minorities.
You must be so proud trashing your home town. Even animals know better than to foul their nests.
Just remember these pictures when you complain in the weeks, months and years to come that no one wants to set up business in Ferguson — an auto store, a laundromat, a beauty supply store, a Little Caesar’s pizza, a gas station, an antique store, a Chinese restaurant . . . .

To Barack Obama:
You’ve made two speeches since the Ferguson grand jury decision. I read both speeches (here and here) and found NOT ONE WORD of empathy for the owners whose small businesses were maliciously and wantonly destroyed. Instead, you asked for “understanding” for the rioters and condemned Americans who actually are disturbed by the violence:

“But what is also true is that there are still problems and communities of color aren’t just making these problems up. Separating that from this particular decision, there are issues in which the law too often feels as if it is being applied in discriminatory fashion. I don’t think that’s the norm. I don’t think that’s true for the majority of communities or the vast majority of law enforcement officials. But these are real issues.  And we have to lift them up and not deny them or try to tamp them down. What we need to do is to understand them. […] those who are only interested in focusing on the violence and just want the problem to go away need to recognize that we do have work to do here, and we shouldn’t try to paper it over.” (“Remarks by the President After Announcement of the Decision by the Grand Jury in Ferguson, Missouri,” Nov. 24, 2014)
“And as I said last night, the frustrations that we’ve seen are not just about a particular incident.  They have deep roots in many communities of color who have a sense that our laws are not always being enforced uniformly or fairly. […] Separate and apart from the particular circumstances in Ferguson, which I am careful not to speak to because it’s not my job as President to comment on ongoing investigations and specific cases, but the frustrations people have generally — those are rooted in some hard truths that have to be addressed. […]  And to those who think that what happened in Ferguson is an excuse for violence, I do not have any sympathy for that.  (Applause.) […] But for the overwhelming majority of people who just feel frustrated and pain because they get a sense that maybe some communities aren’t treated fairly, or some individuals aren’t seen as worthy as others, I understand that.  (“Remarks by the President on Immigration – Chicago, IL,” Nov. 25, 2014)

From your speeches, I can only conclude that you view yourself as President of only “communities of color” and those misunderstood “frustrated” rioters, but not of the small business owners, many of whom are minorities, whose businesses were looted, trashed, and burned to the ground, nor of Americans like me who actually take notice of the violence and destruction.
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  1. I had a good friend whose shop was looted during Katrina’s ravage of Biloxi. Tommy owned a screenprinting shop–he did tee shirts for local teams and what not. He loved that shop. He made barely enough to survive, but he was a true artist and did not care much for the material world. He drank too much, but was a good person who was just a little bit different. In his shop was all of his silkscreening equipment and …his giant collection of vintage metal lunchboxes (think Bobby Vinton, Partridge Family), and other vintage movie posters and memorabilia–he did not have much but he lost all the he had so that someone could have “fun” wrecking up his shop and his meager possessions. He was not a good businessman but was a good father–his kids loved him a lot–that is more than a lot of people can say for their lives. He cried like a baby on my wedding night, he was so happy for me. This Ferguson incident threw me into tears last night, because Tommy was so depressed after this loss that he never recovered. He died a little over a year ago.
    I hope its okay to bring this up here, please tell me how can someone tear through someone’s life’s work, and make garbage out of it, with absolutely no thought of the person who created it, and all the hearts and hands that touched it along the way.

    • Thank you, Lola, for sharing with us the story of Tommy. How heartbreaking.
      And yet, in his speeches both on the night of the riots and yesterday in Chicago, while urging our “understanding” for the “frustrations” of the rioters, Obama made no mention of — even less expressed empathy for — the owners of the small businesses like Tommy’s that got looted, trashed, burned, and in some cases, completely destroyed.

    • How sad that those looters think nothing of the lives of the business owners they are wrecking. Shameful.

      • called sociopaths…I’ve heard a number of the people arrested at ferguson weren’t even residents of ferguson. If you’re not taught respect of God and others and property and life, then you grow up not respecting anything. Just like michael brown, he had no respect for property because he stole; he had no respect for the legal system because he did drugs; he had no respect for authority because he resisted arrest and assaulted a police officer (really it was brown AND his friend but apparently, everyone gave that lying thug a pass). Michael Brown also had no respect for his own life (or common sense) because he charged at an armed police officer and surprisingly, was shot. Everyone on the streets who riot and loot ARE michael brown. It’s only a matter of time before they are staring down a police officer’s barrel and are back in jail.

  2. I am sorry to hear your story about Tommy, Lola; Jesus said, “No man is good…” However, that is worse than not good, it is evil, and it is much more common than any normal person can tolerate. I don’t believe that the destruction was led by residents of Ferguson. It is part of a national program causing conflicts throughout the United States. Melissa Melton had a post listing 83 cities in the US to be used for demonstrations, some of them liberal academic communities.
    In a nation of over 300 million, there will be citizens shot and killed by police every day, actually, 3 a day here. So why the planned violent activity in this case unless it is to cause severe racial division? There is cause for feeling of pain through loss on these occasions, but they happen to white people as well.

  3. Yes, rioters, this is who you did that for:

  4. With ALL the looting and destruction,the Cops were barely seen. If the Police dept. was small and they felt it to be suicide to intervene,okay-I can understand it.But they had the Police Dept.’s of nearby communities,or at least PART of neighboring Dept.’s,able and willing to stand with ’em. So the Cops’ non-intervention must have been the orchestration of a higher-up somewhere. I keep seeing mention made of this all being whipped up in order to give the alleged president an excuse to invoke Martial Law;that actually makes sense,but given the AP’s tendency to completely ignore silly stuff like LAW,the CONSTITUTION,America’s people”s wants,needs,demands,etc.,he doesn’t NEED any excuse to invoke,he just needs someone or something to piss him off enough to make the call.He is truly SCARY.

  5. Let’s just hope that all the small business owners take their insurance settlements (hopefully, they were lucky enough to be insured) and get the HELL OUT OF DODGE (or Ferguson, as it may be.) Let the thugs be without convenience stores, gas stations, auto parts stores, etc, etc. These animals do not deserve any better. Let them sit and wonder why they are in such a state. There is a saying . . . ” even animals don’t s _ _ t in their own nests.” Evidently these animals aren’t as bright enough to figure that out. My heart grieves for all those who have to live with the aftermath of these senseless acts of violence. We see pictures of that gigantic bully–Michael Brown, and we are left pondering why people would be so surprised that he would come to such a sad end.

  6. Wow!

  7. Whatever became of the time (when I was a kid) when the warning “looters and rioters will be shot” and back then it meant shoot to kill

  8. This is heartbreaking and alarming. The Ferguson “protesters” are not in this for “justice.” They are in it for looting, for theft, for mayhem. The Obama Administration has aided and abetted this—and the “Reverend” Al Sharpton has a proven track record: He instigated the fire at Freddie’s in Harlem, an arson fire that killed seven people plus the arsonist.
    This Administration is an overtly criminal administration that must be stopped now, or this will spread to all of America. This is no exaggeration or hyperbole.
    Make no mistake: Nothing like Ferguson has happened here in New York—yet. Be that as it may, the “protesting” has kept people off the streets, and it has interfered with people’s travels to and from major hubs. They blocked highways, bridges and tunnels. FOR WHAT? For the pleasure of troublemakers, a number of which happen to be college professors.
    This is profoundly EVIL and it MUST be stopped immediately.
    And one last thing: Michael Brown’s parents are rapidly proving to the world just how depraved and stupid they are.

  9. Obama Enslaves & Destroys Inner Cities
    ( I experienced all this while trapped in a large American city.)
    The suburbs are booming, but not fast enough. Yessir, you ghetto folks
    in inner cities have started a good thing, but there are still lots of acres
    outside the cities without any houses on them. So you’ve gotta move into
    “untouched” city blocks and do the following:
    Throw trash everywhere. You’ll insure that your friends who pick up trash
    and distribute free rat poison packets will keep their jobs. And folks can
    predict the weather by the direction the trash is blowing!
    Walk down the street. Better yet, rhythm down it. And when I say street
    I don’t mean sidewalk. Save sidewalks for your friends on cycles. Besides,
    it’s hard to fit many cursing, screaming, drinking, pot-smoking kids on a
    sidewalk, and it’s also hard to spot keys and other things left in cars when
    you’re walking on a sidewalk!
    When walking down a street, turn your head when you hear a car coming
    and stare at the driver. For all you know, it might be one of your enemies
    out to get you. On the other hand, it might be only your neighbor and all
    that hateful staring might make him want to move out.
    Be sure to beget lots of unloved, unsupervised, unwashed two-legged
    “Obama welfare meal tickets” – either through wedlock or (preferably) out of
    wedlock. And let them often ring doorbells, begging for money.
    Turn quiet streets into noisy jungles. Have a blast – a
    long blast with your car horn under your neighbor’s window at
    3:00 a.m. Let folks know who the real honkies are! Blow your horn when (1)
    you see the police coming (2) you want to buy some dope (3) you want to sell
    some dope (4) for any other reason. Play your stereo so loudly that folks can’t
    hear sirens going to the latest holdup or arson. Be noisy, man, noisy!
    Be cruel to animals, especially “man’s best friend.” Tie your dog on a
    short chain under a blazing sun with no water or food or love or license or
    dog shots. Make him as mean as you are. Better yet, let your dog run loose.
    Neighbors love to find freshly killed cats (after hearing their screams) and
    other goodies on their lawns. Pit one dog against another in bloody “canine
    cockfights” while friends lounge on car hoods and cheer and make bets! And
    what madness is it where folks move out and abandon pets in the house,
    leaving them nothing to eat but their own droppings? This happens often in the
    ghetto, and almost no one will help the animals.
    Keep a good supply of Saturday Night Specials – also Sunday, Monday,
    Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday Night Specials. Your criminal
    presence will improve your neighbor’s light bill; when he isn’t watching you
    at night (with his lights off), he will be able to read books at night by
    the light of the police helicopter searchlights!
    Here’s more insanity: Uncle Sam spends millions of our tax money to
    move you into our neighborhoods where we lose much when we sell our homes.
    So you have your nerve when you glare and swear at us when we don’t move
    out quickly; but you’re the reason we can’t find good buyers! I really wonder
    what you and Uncle Sam will do when lots of folks move to the wilderness and
    live off the land and consequently don’t have to pay taxes to support such
    Finally, spread the rumor that all of your troubles are associated with
    skin, even though you and I know that your problem isn’t skin. It’s sin!!!
    What makes a ghetto? It’s not the paint on a house (or lack of it) but all
    of you two-legged pains in the neck!
    For more information on Blockbuster Obama, Google “The Background Obama
    Can’t Cover Up.”

  10. When you have an Islamic Communist in the White House an open letter to him means nothing. He’s committed to destroying the United States in whatever way possible. Advised by the evil twins Brzezinski and Kissinger and financed by the nation-killer George Soros there’s really nothing in his anyone can say that will change his mind; he will continue on his downward path to conclude his journey at the gates of hell. While the useful idiots of the left continually fault the Koch brothers for their connections, in Ferguson we now have a visible definition of the Brzezinski, Kissinger, Soros, Obama conspiracy which makes the Koch’s look like naive children. The historically politically justified, do-good useful idiots of the left bear full responsibility for this fiasco.

  11. ?Good point Dr. Eowyn, I can’t help getting wound up though when I think of what this guy’s doing to our country.

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