Whether or not a murdered Ferguson man was targeted for being a "snitch" in the Michael Brown affair, one thing is for certain: Many black witnesses to the teen's shooting were reluctant to give testimony for fear of community retribution.
Since President Obama delivered his plan on TV on November 20 to use executive actions to grant protection from deportation to millions of illegal immigrants, Republicans in Congress have considered the best way to respond legislatively. Among the options that GOP legislators have proposed are removing funding from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, a Senate filibuster of immigration-related funding bills, and a government shutdown.
After months of fomenting strife, hate, and unrest surrounding the fatal shooting of Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri, the increasingly discredited establishment press — Time magazine, in particular, but others too — has taken it to the next level. On November 25, Time published an incendiary “opinion” piece headlined “Ferguson: In Defense of Rioting.” As the title suggests, the commentary defends the perpetration of violence following a grand jury’s decision not to indict Officer Wilson on charges of murder and manslaughter. But the piece goes even beyond that, calling riots “necessary” to the “evolution” of society.
It could hardly have been more remarkable if the senior senator from New York had arrived wearing sackcloth and ashes. Charles Schumer, ardent promoter and defender of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, told a gathering at the National Press Club in Washington Tuesday that he now believes Democrats took a wrong turn in passing the ObamaCare law in 2010.
The church Michael Brown once attended was burned during the Monday Ferguson protests. Was the crime the handiwork of white supremacists, as the church's pastor suspects?