So what have learned in the past few days that we didn't already know?
Basically everything those nefarious white racist supporters of Darren Wilson believed has turned out to be true. [Evidence supports officer’s account of shooting in Ferguson, Washington Post, 10-22-14]
Knowing an unarmed black teen can be lethal - just ask Yen Nguyen, whose 72-year husband Hoang was killed from a single punch by Elex Murphy (a black male) in St. Louis during a "Knockout Game" incident gone wrong - the revelation Michael Brown kept charging at Darren Wilson should put to bed the belief the former wasn't a threat. [Source: Darren Wilson says Michael Brown kept charging, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 10-22-14]
"If Darren Wilson get off y'all better bring every army y'all got. Cause it's going down." pic.twitter.com/pexFCCawbZ
— Antonio French (@AntonioFrench) September 16, 2014
The city where the propensity for the "Knockout Game"to be played - "Knockout king is a thrill," the kid told her. "It makes you want to keep doing it every day" - was christened the 'spirit of the times' by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on November 1, 2011.
It's time to realize the harsh truth of what the Darren Wilson/Michael Brown encounter represented: an 18-year-old black male participating in the 'spirit of the times' on Wilson's face and him using lethal force to make sure he didn't share the same fate as Hoang Nguyen.
But these facts don't matter.
To blacks and their "whites-in-skin-color-only" (WISCO) sympathizers, no amount of evidence will ever convince them that Darren Wilson didn't execute the 'Hands Up, Don't Shoot' Gentle Giant in cold blood.
So the city must burn. [Ferguson turns into tinderbox once again after new details leaked, Fox2Now, 10-22-14]:
One protester put it succinctly:But we already knew this, when a black protester at a Ferguson City Council meeting in mid-September promised "If Darren Wilson get off y'all better bring every army y'all got. Cause it's going down."
“If there is not an indictment, excuse my French, all hell is going to break loose.”
But what if "all hell" had all broken lose in 67 percent black Ferguson (99 percent white in 1970; 86 percent white in 1980; 76 percent white in 1990; 44 percent white in 2000; and 27 percent white today), and the shooting of Michael Brown was just a symptom of the hellish conditions created by the black majority in a city whose racial character had undergone a dramatic change since white flight turned into a full-on sprint in the mid-1990s?
NPR and the WISCO commentators there can whine about the decline of Ferguson and its increasingly untenable housing situation, but the reality is the rapid collapse of the city was already in place before the first "Justice for Michael Brown" march took place.
We already knew majority black North St. Louis was home to real estate long-time white residents (who still had fond memories of when white kids trick-or-treated safely in all-white neighborhoods, now streets with boarded up houses) couldn't give away. [Blame poverty, age for weak North County home market, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 8-18-2013]
|From the May 9, 2014 issue of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: courtesy of a racial group allowed to flood any community (many armed with Section 8 Vouchers), the greater metropolitan area of St. Louis ground zero for underwater mortgages (notice Ferguson at 49 percent)|
But did you know the metropolitan St. Louis area, courtesy of the black population, is home to one of America's hot spots for 'underwater' mortgages? [St. Louis is hot spot for 'underwater' mortgages, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 5-9-14]:
Metro St. Louis is a national hot spot for “underwater” mortgages, according to a new study, and the problem is particularly acute in north St. Louis County.
Half or more of homeowners with mortgages owe more than their homes are worth in ZIP code areas covering Bellefontaine Neighbors, the Spanish Lake area, Berkeley and Jennings. The same is true in Cahokia, Ill., according to the study by the Haas Institute in Berkeley, Calif.
In all, 16 St. Louis-area ZIP code areas ranked among the nation’s worst in terms of homeowners stuck with their houses due to mortgage debt. Of that number, 11 were in North County, three in St. Louis city and two in the Metro East area.
People who owe more than their homes are worth can’t sell unless they can bring a big check to the closing, or convince the bank to take less than it is owed. They are said to be “underwater” or “upside down” on their loans.
They are roughly twice as likely as others to default on their mortgages, leading to foreclosure. Some argue that stressed owners are less likely to improve their homes, or even maintain them, and that can affect the surrounding neighborhood.
Eric Repke is trying to escape an underwater loan on his house near Hazelwood Central High School. He bought the home in 2006, paying $146,000, and he still owes $110,000.
“I decided in 2011 not to make a major new investment in it, like a new kitchen or new floors,” he said.
Then he took a job in O’Fallon in St. Charles County, and found himself commuting an hour to work. “I’m a father, and I don’t want to spend all that time on the road,” he said.
So, he moved his family close to his work and put his house on the market in March. “The highest offer we got was for $70,000,” he said. That offer was from an investor who wanted to rent it out.
While paying for two homes, he’s hoping to persuade Bank of America to accept less than it is owed — a so-called short sale.
The Haas Institute is a think tank at the University of California at Berkeley. It used estimates on underwater homeowners and home values from Zillow, the real estate website.
Zillow says that 24 percent of homes with mortgages in the St. Louis area were underwater as of December. CoreLogic, a private real estate data firm, puts that estimate at a much lower 12 percent.
By Zillow figures, the St. Louis area ranked 13th in underwater mortgages among all metro areas with more than 1 million people. The 16 local ZIP code areas were ranked among 395 across the U.S. with the highest concentrations of underwater homes.
FERGUSON, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- The Ferguson police shooting that killed Michael Brown has put the north St. Louis County town under a microscope.
The community faces enormous challenges including a housing crisis that has homeowners struggling to hang onto their homes.
Six years since the height of the housing crisis, much of the country has recovered. But Ferguson has not.
In the neighborhoods near Brown's memorial, boarded up houses dot the streets. Fifty percent of homeowners are underwater, meaning they owe more on their mortgages than the homes are worth. The national average is 17 percent. Melody Wade works full time but is still three months behind on her mortgage. “It's like modern day slavery,” Wade said Tuesday. “Like you're working for free. No matter what you do you're never, ever going to get out of this."
My charge to the Commission through Executive Order will be three-fold:
1. First, to conduct a thorough, wide-ranging and unflinching study of the social and economic conditions underscored by the unrest in the wake of the death of Michael Brown;
2. Second, to tap the expertise needed to address the concerns identified by the Commission – from poverty and education, to governance and law enforcement;
3. And third, to offer specific recommendations for making this region a stronger, fairer place for everyone to live.Gov. Nixon, The Bell Curve is a book you should immediately purchase and pass out to members of this Commission, if you intend an "unflinching study of the social and economic conditions" genesis, for it's in the genetic makeup of the people who call these communities home.
The quality of a neighborhood, good or bad, is simply a reflection of the majority racial population who lives there.
It's time to just come out and say what the entire black response (accentuated by the WISCO collaboration to turn Michael Brown into some kind of martyr) to the Darren Wilson/Brown interaction represents: the days of mandated truce of judging by content of character are over.
Darren Wilson is a hero, who was nearly knocked unconscious by Brown in his 'knockout game' style attack as he, a white cop, merely tried to arrest the black male suspect for stealing cigars.
That he must hide, for fear of being lynched by a black mob and attacked viciously in the columns and newscasts of WISCO journalists, is the true "sign of the times."