This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, August 12, 2015:
Last October Princeton Professor Cornel West hied himself off to Ferguson to see just how he could help extend the violence and promote totalitarianism in that unhappy city. This past weekend he similarly could not resist the temptation to revisit Ferguson on the anniversary of the death of Michael Brown, with the same goals in mind.
On the surface, West appears to be relatively benign: a bearded black academic with an interest in writing books about downtrodden blacks in the US. He is frequently referred to by the mainstream media as a “philosopher”, an “academic”, an “activist”, an “author,” and a “public intellectual.” Nothing to see here. Just move along.
All this is cover for a radical Marxist revolutionary determined to undermine the rule of law in the US while working to replace the local police with a federal police force. Educated at Yale, Harvard, Princeton, and Union Theological Seminary, West is a Professor of Religion and African-American Studies at Princeton. Many of his books are required reading in college classes across the country, and he claims close relationships with anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan and President Obama's favorite preacher, the incendiary Rev. jeremiah wright.
He calls himself a “progressive socialist” and has written that “Marxist thought is an indispensable tradition for freedom fighters” like himself.
West considers the United States a “racist patriarchal” nation where “white supremacy” continues to oppress blacks:
White America has been historically weak-willed in ensuring racial justice and has continued to resist fully accepting the humanity of blacks….
[This has resulted in blacks who are a] degraded and oppressed people [who are] hungry for identity, meaning, and self-worth…
It goes without saying that a profound hatred of African people … sits at the center of American civilization.
Naturally, West is a good friend of the president's, who as presidential candidate in 2008 named him to his campaign's Black Advisory Council.
One of his goals is to bring attention to himself and his “cause.” He and a few of his ilk jumped the barricades surrounding the federal courthouse in nearby St. Louis and blockaded its main entrance, daring the police to arrest them. They obliged, arresting him and a couple of other lesser-known but just as dangerous revolutionaries: DeRay Mckesson and Johnetta (“Netta”) Elzie. The media referred to them as “activists.”
A closer look reveals much more. Mckesson and Elzie are members of a group called We the Protestors, which has organized public disruptions not only in Ferguson but in Baltimore, Maryland as well. He and Elzie edit a revolutionary sheet called This Is the Movement, and both are active in the new Black Lives Matter Movement. They also claim responsibility for “Mapping Police Violence,” which collects data on innocent people allegedly killed by police. For their work each has received the Howard Zinn Freedom to Write Award, while Fortune lists them as two of the 53 people on its 2015 list of the “World's Greatest Leaders.”
Although the media refused to reveal their machinations behind the scenes, the local police saw them for what they were. After St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger declared a state of emergency, Police Chief Jon Belmar took control, removing the Ferguson Police Department's jurisdiction during the disturbance. Said Belmar:
There is a small group of people out there who are intent on making sure we don't have peace that prevails. That's just the bottom line on this and that's unfortunate … we can't afford to have this kind of violence…
We cannot continue, we cannot talk about the good things that we have been talking about, if we are prevented from moving forward with this kind of violence…
They were criminals. They weren't protestors.
The city's mayor and city council also noted the ugly inciting by outsiders in a statement issued on Monday morning:
This kind of behavior from those who want to cause disruption and destroy the progress from this past year will not be tolerated.
We are asking for our citizens and businesses to be diligent and to be watchful for those who want to cause harm to our community.
Not unexpectedly, there was violence. An 18-year-old black named Tyrone Harris, sporting a police rap sheet that included motor vehicle theft, resisting arrest, and stealing a 9mm pistol, was under surveillance by some plainclothes officers during the marches. According to police reports Harris saw their unmarked vehicle, crossed the street and approached their vehicle, and then pulled out the stolen firearm and shot into the windshield of the van in an attempt to injure or kill the officers.
The officers returned fire and Harris fled on foot. The four officers gave chase and Harris fired on them again. When Harris became trapped in a fenced-in area, the officers returned fire once again, shooting and gravely wounding Harris. At this writing his condition remains critical.
If he recovers he'll be charged with five counts of armed criminal action, four counts of first-degree assault on a law enforcement officer, and a firearms charge, all felonies.
This led to denials, of course, as Harris's father said that his son was actually running towards the police to ask for their help, and that he was shot as he approached the van. Said the elder Harris: “My son was running to the police to ask for help, and he was shot. It's all a bunch of lies … they're making my son look like a criminal.”
The parallels to the original shooting of Michael Brown are obvious: Michael Brown was the “gentle giant” who was unarmed and mercilessly gunned down and shot in the back while his hands were raised, by the white racist police officer Darren Wilson. The fact that none of this later was proven to be true doesn't matter to the people inciting the peaceful marchers in Ferguson to violence.
Wherever there is trouble, or where trouble can be created, one is likely to find West and his cohorts. Even though Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson have not yet appeared on the scene, the present revolutionaries have accomplished much: violence, shooting, looting, national attention, and the removal of the Ferguson Police Department from its role of policing the citizenry in favor of the St. Louis County Police Department, all steps towards increasing distrust of local police and replacing them with a national or federal police force.
Examiner.com: Ferguson erupts again on anniversary of Michael Brown's death
CNN: Ferguson protesters arrested as county declares state of emergency
AP: POLICE SHOOTING, PROTESTS PUT FERGUSON BACK ON EDGE
USA Today: Overnight in Ferguson: More protests, some arrests
Wall Street Journal: Ferguson Suffers Another Night of Unrest
More extensive background on Cornel West