As many of us did, I listened today to the “morning-after” coverage of last night’s Ferguson announcement and the resulting riots as so-called victimized activists burned businesses and property, primarily minority-owned businesses and property, to the ground. In addition to wondering just how and why people protest by igniting their homes in flames, I found it amazing, as I hope many of us did, as representatives of Ferguson — and cities that hosted their own sympathy riots — boasted proudly that so few arrests were made on this first and incendiary night. Not a phenomenon worthy of pride, folks! And certainly nothing to brag about.
Floods of arrests should have been the upshot of that behavior, that destruction, last night. The fact that so few occurred, and that morning-after quarterbacks are proud of that….what have we become? And what are we teaching our children? Even a 5-year-old can recognize that a lack of arrests was not because the protests were peaceful. And I’d venture to say that even a 5-year-old can recognize appeasement when he or she sees it.