Thomas Sowell on Ferguson and the Mob

Thomas Sowell on Ferguson nails it, on several sides.

Our education system excels at telling students what to put on a test, but rare is the modern American who actually uses his God-given gift of reasoning. Has a generation ever been so easily manipulated by unthinking talking-points?

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Where are the leaders who are willing to carefully use their time at the microphone to explain these realities, rather than leverage a tragedy for political ends?

Those of us who admit that we were not there, and do not know what happened when Michael Brown was shot by a policeman in Ferguson, Missouri, seem to be in the minority.

We all know what has happened since then – and it has been a complete disgrace by politicians, the media and mobs of rioters and looters. Despite all the people who act as if they know exactly what happened, nevertheless when the full facts come out, that can change everything.

This is why we have courts of law, instead of relying on the media or mobs. But politics is undermining law.

On the eve of a grand jury being convened to go through the facts and decide whether there should be a prosecution of the policeman in this case, Governor Jay Nixon of Missouri has gone on television to say that there should be a “vigorous prosecution.”

There was a time when elected officials avoided commenting on pending legal processes, so as not to bias those processes. But Governor Nixon apparently has no fear of poisoning the jury pool.

The only alternative explanation is that this is exactly what he intends to do. It is a disgrace either way.

Race is the wild card in all this. The idea that you can tell who is innocent and who is guilty by the color of their skin is a notion that was tried out for generations, back in the days of the Jim Crow South. I thought we had finally rejected that kind of legalized lynch law. But apparently it has only been put under new management.

Two of the key points of irritation in this circus have been the incessant media-hype about the number of shots fired, and the fact Michael Brown was “unarmed.” Sowell detonates each of those canards with precision.