|We had our chance to save America with the American Colonization Society...|
But so are Latter-Day Liberians, the very people whose Liberian brethren brought an African disease to America.
Ebola was never the problem. [Ferguson, Mo. Emblematic of Growing Suburban Poverty, Brookings Institute, 8-15-14]:
The New York Times and others have described the deep-seated racial tensions and inequalities that have long plagued the St. Louis region, as well as the dramatic demographic transformation of Ferguson from a largely white suburban enclave (it was 85 percent white as recently as 1980) to a predominantly black community (it was 67 percent black by 2008-2012).
But Ferguson has also been home to dramatic economic changes in recent years. The city’s unemployment rate rose from roughly 7 percent in 2000 to over 13 percent in 2010-12. For those residents who were employed, inflation-adjusted average earnings fell by one-third. The number of households using federal Housing Choice Vouchers climbed from roughly 300 in 2000 to more than 800 by the end of the decade.
Amid these changes, poverty skyrocketed. Between 2000 and 2010-2012, Ferguson’s poor population doubled. By the end of that period, roughly one in four residents lived below the federal poverty line ($23,492 for a family of four in 2012), and 44 percent fell below twice that level."Transplanted in a foreign land, they will carry back to their native soil the rich fruits of religion, civilization, law and liberty." Mr. Clay, those blacks who remained in America failed to enrich the soil with either religion, civilization, law or liberty (Ferguson in 2014 is proof of this).
None of this means that there are 1,000 Fergusons-in-waiting, but it should underscore the fact that there are a growing number of communities across the country facing similar, if quieter, deep challenges every day.
Liberia? Take a look at the Vice Travel Guide to Liberia to see the blessings of religion, civilization, law and liberty the descendants of repatriated blacks to Africa from America kept alive...
But back to Ferguson... [Ferguson Business Owner Calls Nighttime Protests ‘Terrorist Acts’, CBS St. Louis, 10-2-14]:
A Ferguson business owner is calling the protestors who descend on his city at night “terrorists” and says Homeland Security should be called in.
The anonymous caller to the Charlie Brennan show, who KMOX confirmed is a Ferguson small business owner, says the daytime protestors are fine, but that changes when the outsiders, including elected officials from outside Ferguson, arrive after dark.
“The unpeaceful protesters come out at night, trying to harm or burn our businesses down or stop the businesses,” the caller said. “And it’s time that our government called this what it is, and this is a terrorist act.”
The business owner says a lot of windows have been broken, fires have been set and trash is left behind.Sure, Ebola is now in America (courtesy of blacks from Liberia...), but in Ferguson we see something far more dangerous has proliferated for centuries. A problem Henry Clay and the wise men of the American Colonization Society knew they could forever remove from our now Ebola-stricken shores...
And Ferguson is ground zero for something beyond Ebola...zombies aren't the problem. That's for fiction, scaring kids, and helping guys get to second base on dates at movies... [Ferguson spokesman clarifies 'evacuation' comments, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 10-2-14]:
Ferguson officials are considering a range of possible scenarios for what could happen after a grand jury concludes its investigation into the shooting death of Michael Brown.
In an interview with St. Louis Public Radio, city spokesman Devin James said that if violence breaks out, the city needed to be ready. He mentioned an evacuation situation during the interview, but later sought to clarify that he had simply been discussing various hypothetical responses.
“You know, if there is no indictment and there is an evacuation situation, we need to be prepared for that,” he said during the radio interview. “If there is an indictment and there is celebratory unrest, we need to be prepared for that.”
James said that if there was an evacuation, the city was considering how best to contact residents.
“Do we rely on a combination of media, do we introduce robo-calls, do we do text messaging, emails, you know, we’re looking at all of the different tactics available,” he said, “and just trying to see, you know, what is the best method to communicate with everybody in the event that something like that happens, and we need to either tell people to hunker down or get out or whatever.”
In a follow-up statement emailed to reporters, James said residents had not been told to evacuate. “Part of our job is to make sure from a communications standpoint that we are prepared for anything with residents, businesses and the community being the priority,“ he said.
“So we are looking at all the communication tactics and resources available to reach as many people as possible and law enforcement is looking at all the possibilities a well. I was not implying that we have recommendations about evacuating or hunkering down and was simply speaking with the reporter about many scenarios that need to be considered."
Detroit fell victim to the disease.
Baltimore and Memphis as well.
Ferguson is on the verge,with East St. Louis a reminder of what is to come for the former city...
Newark, Camden, Birmingham...
When Officer Darren Wilson is found by the Grand Jury to be innocent, you'll see the true reality of Ebola in America.
Henry Clay tried to warn us.
And as the Brookings Institute story cited above dares to warn us, there are 1,000s of Ferguson's in the waiting...