Four days after we showed a video in which Nation of Islam leader urged black Americans to "rise up and kill those who kill us", two days after we reported that "Black-White Race Relations Under Obama are the Worst In The 21st Century", shots were fired, according to Reuters, on Sunday during a march in Ferguson, Missouri to mark the one year anniversary of the fatal shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown, police said.
It was unclear who fired the shots or the extent of any injuries, a police spokesman told reporters, but initial reports suggested they were not aimed at the marchers. About six shots were heard as 300 people made their way to a church on the outskirts of Ferguson as part of events to mark the death of Brown at the hands of a white police officer one year ago.
St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said he was angry that a shooting had marred the weekend's events in Ferguson, which have so far gone off without major incidents or arrests.
"These are the exact kind of events we try to avoid. I think it's unfortunate. We are trying to keep everybody as safe as we can," Belmar told reporters.
More troubling is that none other than the potential future president of the US was adding gasoline to the fire yesterday, when in an interview with Al Sharpton - her second national broadcast interview since she declared her candidacy in April - Hillary Clinton discussed "criminal justice reform" and said the following:
If you compare arrest records in, you know, charging of crimes, in convicting of crimes, in sentencing of crimes, you compare African-American men to white men. It is unfortunately clear as it could be that there is a bias in favor of white men...
The exchange takes place around 25 minutes 40 seconds into the video recording below:
Well, yes, there are certainly problem cases such as the "Police Officer Caught On Tape Discussing "Ways To Kill A Black Man And Cover It Up." However, when a presidential candidate goes openly on record to state that she implicitly backs all those who say all the US police is problematic, is it any wonder Louis Farrakhan will that "if the federal government will not intercede in our affairs, then we must rise up and kill those who kill us. Stalk them and kill them and let them feel the pain of death that we are feeling." In fact, he may well say that Hillary Clinton herself is supportive of his cause and, sure enough, her words would be sufficiently open for interpretation to permit such a take.
Finally, today's Ferguson anniversary protest (and shooting) comes a day after the grotesque if not surreal took place for another democratic presidential candidate, Bernie Sanders in Seattle, when several visibly angry young "Black Lives Matter" activists stormed his stage, and whose beef with the mild-mannered 73-year-old socialist was not exactly clear neither was their intention (just like all the "#OccupyWallStreet "activists") but who got to scream for a few minutes regardless. Bernie was literally speechless through the unscripted commotion, and ultimately decided to just leave without giving his speech.