“That’s retarded… sir.” Last night the Missouri town of Ferguson erupted with looters, arsonists, and other thugs in full control of the streets. Ferguson’s black residents and black Americans throughout the nation should have rioted in celebration that a thug was removed from their presence.
Mostly black looters, arsonists and other assorted thugs were joined last night by dumb white people who protested the death of thug Mike Brown in demonstrations across the nation. After these white people marched in solidarity with a criminal properly dispatched to Hell by a good police officer they went home to their safe neighborhoods and well policed protection. (We’ll hear more from the police officer tonight Open thread: Darren Wilson speaks.)
Our thoughts as we watched well educated black commentators on television last night and idiot white (mostly) liberals last night mourn the death of a thug and the just resolution of a police officer who did his job well were with the victims of the thugs.
It is the decent law abiding black people trapped within a majority that views thug behavior as somehow heroic that we worry about. The decent blacks terrorized by other black thugs are the ones that we thought of as the “Season’s Greetings” sign on the streets of Ferguson was obscured by the smoke of fire. It’s a perspective that has not been mentioned with the love and dedication afforded to the black behemoth who was shot dead.
We’ve seen this story before of course. We first wrote about Ferguson and linked the narrative arc to the lies and propaganda of Big Media during the Trayvon Martin follies. But the history of Ferguson and thug Mike Brown goes far deeper in history than the relatively recent Trayvon Martin death.
And no, we’re not referring to the history of blacks in America, nor slavery, nor any of the other nonsense excuses found by white mostly liberals to excuse black thug behavior. This is not even a reference to rap music and the “gangsta” style of dress that emerged from prison culture. No the roots of Mike Brown sink much deeper than any of that.
Throughout American history (and history of most countries – think Ned Kelly of Australia) ethnic groups have lionized the criminal element of their own tribe. Think Jesse James, Dillinger, Bonnie and Clyde, to see that this criminal worship is not a 21st century black phenomenon.
That great poet/singer Bob Dylan stirred some controversy a few decades back because he wrote a ballad to the gangster thug Joe Gallo. “Crazy” Joe Gallo and his brother “Kid Blast” in Dylan’s song “Joey” are explained by Dylan as most sympathetic characters. You’ll have to read the lyrics to understand how absurd this musical hagiography is. Joey, Joey Why did they have to come and blow you away?
The Mafia, La Cosa Nostra, Mani Neri, the Five Families, Godfathers, whatever you call these criminal organizations the bottom line was that their first and biggest victims were fellow Italians. In America these hoods became mythic figures.
One of the most mythic thugs of recent vintage was John Gotti. After Gotti’s death his wife and kids starred in a reality show called “Growing Up Gotti”. But before the “Dapper Don” there were other famous hoods. Capone was one of the most legendary of these thugs. Capone’s public image as an opera aficionado and benefactor to charities made him seem at times to be saintly.
But the cake, candles, and flour mill was taken via audacity by the astounding Joseph Columbo:
The crowd cheered when they spotted Joseph Colombo, the founder of the Italian-American Civil Rights League, emerging from his car and making his way through the throng on foot. Oddly enough, Joe Colombo was the reigning boss of the New York crime family that bore his name. For some inexplicable reason, the leagues supporters didnt see the irony.
Colombo had started the league the year before to retaliate against what he considered unfair harassment from the FBI. On April 30, 1970, Colombos son Joseph Jr. had been arrested for melting down quarters, dimes, and nickels for their silver content, hoping to earn more than the face value of the coins. As mob expert Jerry Capeci points out, the arrest was a pressure tactic aimed at the young mans father, but Joe Colombo cried foul and impetuously struck back by sending a gang of his men to picket FBI headquarters in Manhattan.
But picketing alone wasnt enough for Colombo. He soon declared that he was forming the Italian-American Civil Rights League to address the issue of discrimination against his people. To the amazement of law-enforcement officials, thousands of law-abiding Italian-Americans took up the cry, sending in their ten-dollar membership fees to the organization in droves. Fearing reprisals from Italian-American voters, local politicians voiced their support. Within a matter of weeks, the league became a force of nature.
Fifty thousand people attended the first rally at Columbus Circle on June 29, 1970. The mob ordered the docks closed for the day so that union members could attend. Stores in Italian neighborhoods around the city also closed in honor of the occasion. The huge outpouring of popular support for the league had its effect. United States Attorney General John Mitchell and New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller declared that the term Mafia would no longer be used within their jurisdictions.
The league named Joe Colombo its Man of the Year in May of that year, even though in March he had been slapped with a two-and-a-half-year prison sentence for lying on his application for a real-estate brokers license. The sentence was delayed pending appeal, and Colombo stepped up his efforts to promote the League. He even appeared on the Dick Cavett Show, a popular late-night television talk show, to discuss anti-Italian-American discrimination. [snip]
By the time the second annual rally rolled around, Joe Colombo, the self-appointed civil rights leader, was walking on thin ice. As he made his way through the crowd on that summer day in 1971, he undoubtedly realized that he had ruffled some feathers, but apparently he didnt know how badly hed ruffled them. The knives were already out.
Joe Columbo was “a family man”. It’s rumored that another family man, “Crazy” Joe Gallo who years earlier had kidnapped Columbo as recounted in the Dylan song, gets the credit for offing Joe Columbo, the great civil rights leader.
As the Columbo saga demonstrates Italian-Americans have long lionized their criminal element. Scottish-Americans, Chinese-Americans, German-Americans, Russian-Americans, you name the ethnic group or race and at some point the thugs and criminals get lionized by their own. The difference is that these groups have learned their lessons and understand that the criminals are criminals, and are but a small part of their larger communities, even if there is still some residual soft love for the rogues.
The problem in Ferguson is that many black Americans don’t seem to understand that Mike Brown was a thug. Mike Brown was not a hero or civil rights icon to the store owner he stole from.
In Ferguson, the community should have celebrated the death of a thug that preyed on their community. Instead there is all sorts of blather about how this innocent child was killed.
Instead of cheers for the cop that saved a baby’s life just before his encounter with Mike Brown the calls from the black community of Ferguson was for a lynching. In order to profit in the November elections the black community of Ferguson was aided and abetted by Barack Obama and Eric Holder:
Consider: Barack Obama plotted to exploit the riots in Ferguson to distract the country from his many international blunders and failures back to a strategy he believes will help in November’s elections. Yup, Obama thought he could get back to race-baiting to gin up what little remains of his “base” to get them to the November polls. Score another failure for Obama.
Ferguson did not cooperate and awarded Obama another failure. The riots – looting – Molotov cocktails – continued. In fact after Obama made his first statement on Ferguson the situation got worse. It’s even worse now and the National Guard has been called out. The governor did not even bother to tell Obama he was calling out the Guard.
Now the hapless Nobel Peace Prize winner is sending race-baiter commander Eric Holder to Ferguson for no reason at all other than to race-bait and elevate the racial animus.
It was false HOPE served up to the black community by Barack Obama:
Obama and Holder stoked division, strife and anger in Ferguson, culminating in last night’s violence.
Sure, President Obama called for calm in Ferguson. But that was after the damage was done. Calls for calm came after Attorney General Eric Holder tripped the time bomb during his visit to Ferguson by meeting with activists and agitators and assuring them the administration was on their side against the police.
When Holder complained about the police, when Obama talked about problems with policing in the United States, everyone understood the administration’s loyalties.
President Obama’s call for calm in Ferguson provided the administration deniability that the administration bore any responsibility for the riots, even after Holder flooded the zone with swarms of FBI agents and Civil Rights Division lawyers to investigate the police.
The Obama administration led their legions to believe that if Officer Wilson was not charged, it was due to racial injustice, racial injustice Obama would help remedy one way or another. Holder and Obama made the protesters think their cause was just and correct.
Instead of the truth – Mike Brown was a thug and the community should be thankful this thug is gone – Obama turned Mike Brown into a civil rights hero. Joe Columbo redux. White, mostly liberal, idiots convinced themselves they were at a seance for little girls killed in a church bombing circa 1960s instead of a mob funeral for a thug.
The problem in Ferguson is not one of black versus white. It is a problem of criminal outlaws against a lawful society. The criminals who prey on the innocent and the weak (and the old) should be removed from the society not praised.
The story of Mike Brown is a cheap dime store novel version of the Joe Columbo saga. Neither man was a civil rights icon. They were both thugs. They have been removed. We should all rejoice.