The Ferguson riots or protests depending on your political persuasion are an interesting phenomenon in this very moment. The media and left are trying to resurrect that old '60s Civil Rights feeling, but no one else is buying it. Ferguson appears to be a massive astroturfing event orchestrated by the media to get out the vote for the midterms. Deniers of this have one giant piece of evidence that destroys their argument: where is the outrage, the protests, the anger over the Tamir Rice shooting? That actually reveals a bit more about modern Americans (not just blacks) than anyone wants to admit. Even our supposedly oppressed people need months of incitement, media encouragement, bussed in agitators and massive bombardment of propaganda to get out and "riot-protest". Ferguson is as inorganic a response to an injustice as one can find.
Tamir Rice is a 12 year old black kid who was playing with a toy gun that looked incredibly similar to a real semiautomatic pistol. He was pointing it at people, and a call went to 911. The cops were warned it may be a toy gun. They got on the scene, the boy made a move towards his waistband, and they quickly shot at the 12 year old. It was caught on camera. Bang bang situation, this Cleveland cop did what he was trained to do... and similar to what much of the left accused Darren Wilson of doing, but ahem, no riot-protests. Tamir Rice died shortly after the shooting. No riots. Tamir Rice at 12 years old would be a far more sympathetic than the 300 pounder who had just robbed a store and roughed up a smaller convenience worker. The oppressed black community did not ignite from this outrageous spark. A missing element is media agitation and months of prodding. A missing element is the lack of outside agitators like the Social Justice Warrior brigades that found their way to Ferguson, Missouri.
The argument of the shooting being fresh and immediate does not hold. If anything, it reveals how docile we have become. In 1970, August, Georgia experienced race riots. It all happened rather quickly. A mentally disabled teenage black boy shot his sister to death. He was placed in jail. He was murdered by fellow inmates (one black was sentenced for it) with horrible marks on his body. While coverage in 2010 mentions how horrible it was that inmates killed that crazy boy, the reality is that in 1970, the black community was blaming the cops. Going through the Nixon administration's memoirs and diaries, you can read how they learned from the LBJ administration that the cities were delicate areas that went up in flames quickly. President Nixon used Daniel Moynihan as a go-between to get the scoop for any potential disturbance. Moynihan reported on Augusta saying that there was unrest in the black population, some tension between cops and blacks and they blamed the cops for this boy's death. Uh-oh, rioting might happen. The riot started quickly, and Augusta in 1970 had a much smaller black population than Cleveland does today. Ferguson did not riot immediately or for many months and not until CNN practically forced them to on live television.
Ferguson is a made for television media event from start to finish. An American is murdered every thirty minutes, but the press picked this one to broadcast. Shameless Democrats campaigned with threats that the days of Jim Crow and lynching would return if they lost. The Social Justice Tumblr tykes found a new campaign to earn some progressive merit badges. There was a steady drumbeat in the media over one murder, practically sanctifying an aspiring rapper who was turning his life around and didn't do nothing (dindu nuffin). Even with all of this prodding, the most we the television viewers watched were burnt out retail stores and looting by the pants on the ground brigade for one night. There have been more hands up, don't shoot marches or protests, but all pretty tame and low key. If anything, they are back-firing as the hands up, don't shoot myth is believed by blacks, progressives and the media. Considering the damaged race relations, the manipulation of a low information crowd prone to knee-jerk, tribal solidarity, and the blessing placed on riot-protest, everyone should be looking at the agitator, the media. They are the true villain. Not Brown, not Wilson, and not dumb protestors. They should be held accountable.