When you have an Attorney General - “I am the attorney general of the United States, but I am also a black man" - who admits he "identifies with Ferguson's mistrust of cops" you should know something is terribly, terribly wrong in America.
|Ferguson is going to quickly regress to the black mean|
Sure, he has "resigned," but Eric "My People" Holder is still the Attorney General of the Department of Justice.
It's why this article from 67% black Ferguson is so important in understanding where America is headed. It details the trials and tribulations one of the few black cops employed by the Ferguson Police Department is dealing with from "his community," who only a white person when he dons the police blue. [Black and in blue: A Ferguson police sergeant reflects on a tough time, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 10-3-14]:
Seeing that a fellow African-American police officer had endured his fill of racial slurs shouted by people of his own race, Sgt. Harry Dilworth tapped the man’s shoulder and took his place facing protesters.Riots following the Aug. 9 shooting of an unarmed black teen by a white officer make it a tough time to be on the Ferguson police force — and for Dilworth it’s tougher if the person in blue happens to be black.
Most of the insults he heard on the line that day are too graphic to print. Among the more polite are “sellout” and “Uncle Tom,” Dilworth said. He had stood with two other black officers, one from the Missouri Highway Patrol and one from the St. Louis County police.
“We didn’t blink,” he recalled in an interview this week. “We didn’t say anything to them. We stood there and took it. We all talked about it afterwards. I said, ‘Don’t address ignorance with ignorance.’
“But it’s hard to hear that from the minority group that you are representing ... You tune it out, but psychologically you’re dealing with scars. Some officers are going to see counselors. We’re not robots.”
Dilworth believes their hard facade is fueling some of the fire.
“I think it pisses them off even more because they think we’re unemotional,” he said. “We feel, but we can’t show that because as soon as we say something we will be all over the news ... I can’t so much as spit on the sidewalk right now without someone throwing it on social media.”
Black and white officers alike agree that the blacks have been targeted more on the front lines of policing the troubles that followed Michael Brown’s death. They feel caught between empathizing with a brother officer who used deadly force and understanding a community that is venting pent-up rage against police.
Dilworth, 45, wishes he could retire, but he feels a draw to stay in the community he has served for 21 years.
Even on ordinary calls for service, some taunt him with the “hands up, don’t shoot’” gesture widely adopted by protesters.
“You can only take so much of this,” Dilworth said, taking a reporter with him Wednesday to patrol the 6.2-square-mile city.
Dilworth had been at Fort Leonard Wood fulfilling his duties as an Army reservist the day of the shooting. He said his wife wishes he were back in Iraq or Afghanistan.
“She thinks I would be safer there,” he said.
‘IT’S DIFFERENT NOW’
Dilworth is the only black supervisor and one of four African-American officers on a force of 53 in a community where two-thirds of the 21,000 residents are black.
His teeth clenched as he drove past a protester holding a sign that read “Stop Killing Us.”
He questioned why protesters don’t hold such signs at the scenes of murders, such as the recent killing in St. Louis of Donnie White. Dilworth said he knew White, who was on the way home from work when he got caught in crossfire between suspected black gangs.
“We are not killing you; you are killing yourselves,” he said, his voice rising inside his police SUV. “This is a systematic problem that’s been going on for years. I want to tell them to wake up! And look at exactly what the problem really is! Look at the statistics. The number of officer-involved shootings is relatively low. I stand a better chance of being killed by you.”
A call for a disturbance echoed on his radio. Foremost on his mind, he said: Are his officers going to be safe? If something happens, what will he tell the spouse?
“It’s different now because the threat has been heightened,” Dilworth said. “I worry about the guys I supervise; I worry about their physical and mental well-being.”
Dilworth said that after Brown was killed, one of the officers he supervises was mistakenly identified on social media as the shooter, and ended up moving his family out of state.One of his officers had to have his family move "out of state" because of erroneously being misidentified as the shooter of Michael "Gentle Giant" Brown.
Sgt. Harry Dilworth is not worth putting on a pedestal and praising as some future non-white Republican candidate for office; his actions in defense of law and order are admirable, but not worth inflating to an absurd degree.
But it is worth remember he is a police officer, viewed by the black majority of Ferguson as upholding the white man's law in Ferguson.
And the future isn't white; it's African.
Ask yourself this: would a white person be safer in Iraq right now or in East St. Louis (a 98 percent black city that represents Ferguson's future)?
On Wednesday, Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson acknowledged the problems facing his department and asked the community for help in restoring its trust.
“Apparently, there has been this undertow that has bubbled to the surface,” Jackson said at a news conference. “It’s our priority to address it and to fix what’s been going wrong.”
St. Louis is among the most segregated metropolitan areas in the nation. Ferguson, one of the 91 municipalities in largely white St. Louis County, has seen its population shift in recent years. About two-thirds of the city’s 21,100 residents are black. That’s a significant increase from 2000, when blacks made up just over half of the population. White residents, who had accounted for 44 percent of the population, now make up just under 30 percent.
Yet the police force patrolling Ferguson has not changed along with the population. The police force has 53 members, and three of them are black. The city’s mayor and police chief are white, as are most of the members of the Ferguson City Council.
“I’ve been trying to increase the diversity of the department ever since I got here,” Jackson said Wednesday. He pointed out that he had promoted two black superintendents.
“Race relations is a top priority right now,” Jackson said. He said his force is working with the Department of Justice’s community relations office to improve how police interact with the citizens. “I’ve told them, ‘Tell me what to do, and I’ll do it.’ ”The white police chief of Ferguson said, of his policy to the new black demographic masters of the city's fate, "Tell me what to do, and I'll do it."
The last white mayor of Ferguson, current Mayor James Knowles II, bragged on August 18 how the city had been rebuilt after two tornadoes and the city would heal from the madness of the black insurrection (all ostensibly in the name of "Justice for Mike Brown").
But the city won't heal.
It won't rebuild.
As property values fall in Ferguson, the remaining whites will abandon their lost equity and vacate the city they called "home," turning over control of the beleaguered town to those who marched for Darren Wilson's head.
With this, Ferguson will regress to the black mean: as we see in Detroit, Camden, Newark, Memphis, and East St. Louis, this mean roughly correlates to the conditions found in Africa.
For the conditions of a city, good or bad, are only a reflection of its majority population.