In case you’ve wondered why exactly the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, became a national news story, it’s not because it reveals any inherent racism in the system.
Rather, it’s because dedicated, interconnected groups of outside agitators roused their rabble and exploited the gullible media to turn a straightforward shooting of a criminal suspect who attacked a police officer into a national scandal.
Some of the groups that made that happen — such as the Gamaliel Foundation, the Drug Policy Alliance, Make the Road New York and Equal Justice USA, among others — have long been funded by George Soros and his Open Society Foundations, according to the Washington Times.
By looking at OSF tax records, the Times discovered that in the most recent year for which records are available alone, Soros gave $33 million to radical groups that worked to keep Ferguson whipped up and on the front pages across the country.
U.S. director of OSF programs Kenneth Zimmerman admitted to the Times that Soros money had funded groups in Ferguson, but he washed his hands of the ensuing damage, saying OSF had not ordered the groups to act as they did.
According to Zimmerman, OSF has been “helping groups combine policy, research, data collection with community organizing” since the 1990s.
Representatives of the Soros-funded groups were bused into Ferguson in August, the Times reported, and were still agitating there as late as last month.
Although many different groups were involved, the ones funded by Soros organized themselves into cooperative networks, often linking to each others’ websites, sharing research and churning out editorials sent to the media to keep Ferguson in the national eye.
According to the Times report, the groups were especially keen to capitalize on any development that could reflect badly on conservatives, and among their accomplishments was the popularization of the “Black Lives Matter” hashtag on Twitter and manipulation of opinions through Facebook campaigns.
Zimmerman denies any direct involvement in the violence and destruction of Ferguson and other cities where protests have been inspired. “The incidents, whether in Staten Island, Cleveland or Ferguson, were spontaneous protests — we don’t have the ability to control or dictate what others say or choose to say,” Zimmerman said.
There may not have been a direct order, but the smart money would bet there was a wink and a nod, followed by copious attaboys when the groups’ seditious plans came to fruition.
Without a doubt, these groups were funded by Soros precisely for their ability to serve the purpose they achieved, raising a mob and wreaking havoc. They didn’t need a direct order to do the job; they had $33 million worth of motivation and encouragement.
People were injured and lost their livelihoods in the violence spawned in Ferguson. In the national movement Ferguson inspired, police officers lost their lives.
As the nation seeks justice for these outrages, it should be taking a good, hard look at the man who is most responsible for feeding the beast.