In case the fires of discontent actually die down at some point in Ferguson, Missouri, you can always count on MSNBC to fan the flames a little. Or in this case, a lot.
Above, that’s Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), who took to the airwaves today to remind viewers that whites are ruling in the day in that majority African-American community. “Here you have this mostly white police force in a mostly black community. But I’m really perplexed about why most of the elected officials are white as well. Is there something about the way elections are done in Missouri or in the county? That’s troublesome,” said Norton, who went on to describe the phenomenon as “poison.”
And the race-baiting didn’t end there. MSNBC anchors have been picking up the mantle and running with it left and right (but mostly left) throughout their broadcasts. Andrea Mitchell was visually distressed over the notion that African-Americans aren’t well represented in Ferguson. “I’ve just got to wonder. You’ve got a white mayor, white council, white school board, white police force, and are they in complete denial of all the reports we’re hearing from the community that there is long-standing resentment at police harassment and other indignities against the majority African-American community?”
“It’s stunning and confirming,” agreed guest Lizz Brown, who went on to point out that Ferguson’s white mayor ran “unopposed.”
Speaking of that mayor, his name is James Knowles. And he was absolutely raked over the coals shortly before Andrea Mitchell began her philosophical meanderings on race. During an interview with MSNBC’s Tamron Hall, Mayor Knowles was accused of being ignorant, simply because he pointed out that most of the violence is concentrated in one half-mile-long strip of the community. Knowles doesn’t believe there’s a true “racial divide” in his city, since most of the instigators of continued brutality seem to be coming from elsewhere, and most of his residents just want to go about their daily lives.
But that’s not how Tamron sees it:
“You should probably watch some of the coverage,” Tamron condescendingly instructed the mayor.
Well, some of us HAVE been watching the coverage…a lot of it. And we’ve seen a whole lot of folks on one particular cable channel who are pretending that they want to solve problems. In reality, they’d rather play up racial divides in a lame attempt to garner ratings. Is it seriously helpful for MSNBC to remind angry Ferguson protesters that Whitey is running the show in their city?
You can’t calm people down at the same time you’re trying to rile them up. That’s the quintessential reason why “Reverend” Al Sharpton is a huge phony…and his pathetic opportunism appears to be rubbing off on his fellow co-anchors at the network.
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