Everyone wants to use the Ferguson protest for their pet cause.
As reported by Fox News: “Muslim groups seek to co-opt Ferguson protests, says watchdog group.”
Muslim groups have stepped up efforts to co-opt protests over the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., with a drive to equate the teen’s death to the death of a radical Islamist shot during an FBI raid in 2009, a Washington-based security watchdog group is warning.
Using social media, conference calling and traditional outreach methods, leaders of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) are portraying Brown and Detroit mosque leader Imam Luqman Ameen Abdullah as African-American victims of police targeting, according to the Washington-based Center for Security Policy (CSP). In a conference call organized by CAIR-linked “Muslims for Ferguson, a CAIR official called Abdullah a “Shaheed,” or martyr, and said both he and Brown were victims of a national security apparatus that had “completely gone wild” and engaged in “demonizing and criminalizing Muslims.”
“The reality is that this country, in law enforcement, be it local, state or federal law enforcement, people with guns have always seen black men and black people as threats,” Dawud Walid, executive director of CAIR’s Michigan Chapter, told the some 100 protest organizers on the call, made on the five-year anniversary of Abdullah’s death and which was monitored by CSP.
Walid claimed Brown was a Muslim, although when pressed, Walid denied he had made such a claim. Brown was buried in August after a memorial service at the Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis.
Hey, why not?!? Come on down to the mindless protests that have virtually nothing to do with fact or reality, but instead are an expression of every unrelated gripe someone wants to air, or rank criminality looking for cover under which to operate!!
What’s building up steam to erupt in Ferguson, Missouri is a quintessential example of Rahm Emmanuel’s principle, “never let a crisis go to waste.” Who cares about the truth? We can use this for our cause!
From the contextual abuse of “you didn’t build that” to Trayvon Martin and just about everything else, people aren’t looking to build bridges and create unity around a shared understanding and purpose that is bigger than any of us. Most simply want to justify preconceived beliefs, envy, and grudges—no matter how absurd.
As you watch Ferguson and other cities burn, remind yourself that not 1-in-1000 of the people involved gives a rip about Michael Brown, but only about themselves.