The New York Times and Other Members of the Ferguson Hall of Shame

And then there's Brown's stepfather who looks about five years older than Brown himself and exhorted the crowds to "Burn the bitch down." Geraldo wants him indicted, which says a lot. To me he's a minor player.

And finally there's the Revered Al, a character straight out of the pages of Ralph Ellison's The Invisible Man. A demagogue with the ear of the president and attorney general, he's no minor player. No wonder he hasn't been collared for the 4.5 million in back taxes his various organizations are said to owe. O'Reilly thinks he's the most hated man in America right now and he may be right. He's certainly in competition with the KKK of old for outright race incitement, although he hasn't gone as far as lynching, unless you count the Tawana Brawley case, which was pretty close to that.

But the real top of the Ferguson Hall of Shame goes to the people who brought us Ferguson from the beginning. I mean the real beginning. I mean... what happened to black America in the post-civil rights era? Why has such a wonderful group of people who fought so hard against a racist society and won, who brought so much to American (and world) culture had the guts torn out of their community? Why is what was once one of our most family-oriented groups now virtually without family, seventy percent of their babies born out of wedlock? That was unheard of when I was a young civil rights worker in the sixties. And the endless black on black crime? Where did that come from? What caused that? Forget Brown. Forget Wilson. They're trivial by comparison. Those are the real questions.

I submit that some of the answer is above -- it's part Al Sharpton (and his ilk) and part the New York Times. When I say the Times, I mean the liberal ideology for which they remain the standard bearer, even in their weakened state. They lead the way for the dependent welfare state that has pushed generation after generation of black people deeper and deeper into self hatred and shame, the inevitable psychological result of the welfare state, culminating on the streets of Ferguson and across the country today. I'm sure they would scoff, if they or their fans read what I just wrote. Simon's just an apostate, to be ignored. But when it comes to civil rights, more than most of them, I have been there and done that. I was there in the sixties and I was, to my shame, a financial supporter of the Black Panthers. I'm not a young guy and I have seen a lot. And nothing I have seen, after all this time, is sadder than Ferguson.

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