NBC ran a story early Tuesday morning entitled "Businesses Burn as Unrest Erupts over Michael Brown Case in Ferguson." While not coming right out and saying "Ferguson residents burn businesses," the implication was clear. Residents of Ferguson, Missouri were torching their town. The only people who know what actually happened last night are the ones who were there, the folks who live in Ferguson. I know, we're all armchair quarterbacks about everything, and we know what really happened, right?
During the Ferguson protests in August, many residents told media outlets people from other towns were participating in, and sometimes instigating, the looting and vandalism that took place. For example, this article from the St. Louis Riverfront Times features a conversation with Craig Ruffin and Lindsey Johnson:
Others nodded in agreement, but they also suspect that people from outside the neighborhood are responsible for the looting -- not Ferguson residents. A pickup truck with several young people inside was parked across the street, down from the Dellwood Market.
"See? They're waiting for the police to leave the store," Ruffin said. "They're not from here."
"There are a lot of opportunists running around trying to take advantage of what's been happening in Ferguson, but it's not people in Ferguson doing it," Johnson added. "Why would you ruin a store where you live and need to go shop at?"NBC shared a link to their article on Facebook, and as of the writing of this piece, there are over 2,000 comments underneath the link. I scrolled through them, and found some of the most racist, hateful, and ignorant statements I've ever read. People posted racist memes, and called for violence against the residents of Ferguson, Missouri. Here are some of the more horrifying comments. I am publishing names because I think hate should always be dragged into the light.
These thugs want to cry about a cop not being arrested for DEFENDING HIMSELF (rightfully so) against a violent bully who attacked him ONLY BECAUSE HE IS WHITE. Had this been a white boy, they would've say quietly on the sideline and thought nothing of it. Yet they vandalize, burn down innocent people's businesses and cars, steal, shoot at cops...these freaking morons are exactly why we are a divided country. These people make me sick. I'm hoping one business owner is in their building and takes a rifle to these thugs' butts so they can join their friend Mr. Brown.Tyler Knezevich:
But yeah as the spooks would tell ya, all whites are racist. Weird, how did a chimpanzee get into office then? Some whites must have voted for him. Oh well, when his term is up he'll go back to the gorilla exhibit at the Chicago zooDebbie Vaughn:
If they were thought any better but they were not raised right this how all the thugs live trouble makers, all over AmericaBrenda Floyd:
As far as I'm concerned it's the so called parents fault for not setting or teaching a better example. Too busy thinking up more ways to scam more money from welfare jmoSusan Serrill:
ANIMALS I HAVE COMPASSION FOR.THESE NEGROS...HELL NOKyle Shaver:
Take away their welfare then they will change their tune. Make them work for something.David Martinez:
If Michael Brown hadn't been killed, he would have been right down their with the rest of them, burning buildings, robbing and looting. He was a young punk thug just like the rest of them.Fred Curry:
I noticed they didn't burn walmart or welfare building sLisa Hoadley Madison:
Let them burn down their "Hood" and kill each other. Not like they are great assets to society anyway! Save the police sometime and troubles!Susan R Higgs:
The rioting proves these thugs are leaches. It would have helped if Obama had gotten on TV and said, "How dare you destroy your town, we are on foreign soil trying to stop what you are doing in your own country." He should have had Medea speak from the Oval Office. My son is white and there is a very good educational program at a local black university, I try to tell myself he would be fine. I am seriously having way past second thoughts.Here are a few of the memes that were posted in the comments.
This one was shared by Nico ElRey Kelly:
This meme comes to us thanks to Jim Meiser:
And Teresa Green shared this:
One of Teresa's Facebook friends, Andrea Watkins, wrote in response to that meme, "That's exactly the mentality they have!!"
This is our post-racial society. An article implies black residents of a town torn apart by oligarchy and racism are destroying said town, and hundreds, if not over a thousand, flaming racists post hateful screeds and memes.
Bet all those racist hatemongers voted a few weeks ago. Did you?