DETROIT REDUX: Ferguson Burns Itself Down

Written by William Pauwels on December 2, 2014

Could anything be more ridiculous than burning down your own town and your own neighborhood?

That is what the people of Ferguson have done in defense of a store robber, who bullied the store attendant, who physically and verbally attacked a police officer, who beat him up, who tried to steal his gun, who tried to escape arrest, and who then charged the officer in an apparent secondary attack. 

How does burning down your city in defense of this criminal make any sense?

Detroiters did similar things in the riots of 1968, and the city and state of Michigan have never recovered.  In fact, the reason to live, invest, do business in Detroit and its suburbs got progressively undesirable in the wake of the destruction.  

So who benefited?  Who learned anything from the Detroit riots?  Certainly not the rioting communities in Missouri and around the country. 

As one who supported the civil rights movement during my college days in the late 50s, and throughout the tumultuous 60s and 70s – with three minority grandchildren – and who knows, hired and promoted many good and intelligent, hard-working and responsible minorities – I find myself asking how can this be happening again in America?  How is it that so many young people have completely lost all common sense – and in effect are burning down their own neighborhoods and businesses.  How is it that the state of Missouri has a governor – and our country has a president – so devoid of basic leadership skills.  How is it that the minorities in Ferguson idolize and follow the dictates of a race hustler like Al Sharpton?  And How is it that MSNBC have given this troublemaker, tax-evader, and liar – his own television show?

What am I missing here?  What are black youngsters missing here?  Upbringing?  Respect for authority?  Common sense?  If any communities needs police protection, it’s the minority communities of major urban areas.

There have been many minorities over the years – including my Belgian immigrant parents – who came to the USA, became citizens, went to work, started businesses, built factories, attended “night” school, hired hundreds of minority workers, and took full advantage of the American-Way to live-out the American Dream.  Why aren’t more blacks doing the same?

In God we must trust . . . but we must always do our part – to secure and promote the truth and a better way – to protect our freedom and interests – and to defend the Judeo-Christian American-Way.



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William Pauwels
William A. Pauwels, Sr. was born in Jackson Michigan to a Belgian, immigrant, entrepreneurial family. Bill is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and served in executive and/or leadership positions at Thomson Industries, Inc., Dow Corning, Loctite and Sherwin-Williams. He is currently CIO of Pauwels Private Investment Practice. He's been commenting on matters political/economic/philosophical since 1980.