With all luck this is the beginning of the end.
On Monday, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon was in St. Louis for a private meeting with City of St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay. Â In the entire Ferguson mess, Mayor Slay has been the one quiet, in the background sort of local figure who probably was the voice of reason in closed door sessions, even if he is the most open and accessible of officials. Â That’s kind of the way he operates. Â Something is up. Â Some sort of announcement is due this afternoon.
Also on Monday, a group of protesters showed up at the St. Louis County Justice Center in Clayton and decided to smash pumpkins on the sidewalk. Â One person was arrested and otherwise, there was just squash to clean up.
Last night in Ferguson, State SenatorÂ Jamilah Nasheed sat down in the middle of the street in front of the Ferguson police station blocking traffic and after repeated warnings to get out of the street, was arrested. Â This morning she is refusing bond and according to KMOV’s website, her chief of staff is calling her squat an act of civil disobedience.
Also last night in Ferguson, CNN was on the scene. Â Somewhere around 10 p.m., this appeared on the Ferguson scanner, “CNN reporters kicked out of the protest area by protesters for “not reporting the truth” – CNN reporting they are having “technical difficulties”” Â If that’s what they want to call it.
Otherwise, Gateway Pundit put it best: the Ferguson protesters are trying to stay relevant. Â With the evidence leak last week from the New York Times that defies the Hands Up, Don’t Shoot narrative and pretty much backs Officer Darren Wilson’s account of the incident when he killed Michael Brown in self-defense, the air has gone out of the protest movement. Â There are threats that Ferguson will be blown off the map…could be chest thumping, could be the Black Panthers have a plan. Â We’ll have to wait and see.
What has resulted, though, and definitely not for the better, is division within the region.
Thanks to social media, and tools that we all use for all aspects of our lives now, there has been a tremendous amount of behind the screen “discussion” of not just the events, but what should and should not be part of police procedure without any experience in the field, how whites should feel guilty about “white privilege” whatever that is, and how racist a voluntarily polarized city like St. Louis is. Â Not unlike the 2012 election where life-long friendships were hopelessly rent when one person would call Obama like he or she saw him, and declared for Romney, and then all of a sudden unfriending would happen, texting would stop, excuses would be made for missing coffee or lunch – all from the “progressives” who claim to be so tolerant. Â Really, this whole epitsode gave the 60’s radicals and their legacies a vehicle to relive their youth and salad days.
But that doesn’t change that we in St. Louis are now divided again. Â Not along racial lines that seem so stark on a map so much, but ideological ones. Â About the only thing we can agree on is that it was a mistake to put Randy Choate on the Cardinals’ playoff roster. Â Names are being called, lectures are given in Facebook comments and when conservatives who live in truly diverse areas (like me) say, We can all get along; Just respect life, property and other people’s rights and we can live side by side just fine, we get an eyeful of needing a space for dialogue and discussion. Â All the talk in the world does nothing if there is no respect for other people’s lives, property and rights. Â That’s how trust is built. Â All the “discussion,” race-baiting and vitriol has eroded the trust even among friends.
That is the legacy of Ferguson. Â Far from being about justice in a police shooting, the entire experience has exposed the fault lines of American progressives and the propaganda they have swallowed in wanting to do good, and those who see the world as being flawed and needing some boundries and civilization to be livable. Â Everyone’s opinions have been solidified if they aren’t living in the middle of it. Â THOSE people – the ones who’s neighborhoods were targeted – have been shaken to the core.
Now, all we have to do is wait. Â The end should be near.