Allen West “The Unlearned Lesson from Ferguson, Missouri” 

There was a remembrance march held in Ferguson, Missouri that was supposed to be peaceful in nature. It started as such but ended differently.

Written by Allen B. West for Townhall:

I must first ask, why was there a remembrance march for the one year anniversary of the death of Michael Brown? Was the intention to mark how the community in Ferguson has turned the corner and made improvements to address the real issues underlying the problems in the community?

I have no time to play a politically correct game but will ask, why was there a protest march to remember a young black man who assaulted a store owner, robbed a store, and assaulted a police officer and attempted to take away his weapon? I am quite sure asking that question will draw the ire of a certain group of people more interested in being victims than resolving the issue at hand. After all, there was a quote from Booker T. Washington that aptly describes these present day purveyors of dependency, not self-reliance. Here are Washington’s words, “There is another class of coloured people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs — partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs.”

What was the purpose of marching with upside down American flags, a symbol of distress?

Actually, that was a somewhat appropriate measure because America is in distress when it comes to the state of our inner cities and urban environments. The unlearned lesson of Ferguson, Missouri is not about protest marches remembering the tragedy of Michael Brown, it should have been about the restoration of three very important aspects of the black community that are in dire need.

First, in the year that has passed since the original Ferguson incident, what has happened with the growth of minority owned, small businesses in the community? One of the key aspects of urban economic restoration has to do with entrepreneurial spirit and growth. The one year protest should have brought this issue to light and sought out policy solutions, such as former Rep. Jack Kemp’s urban economic empowerment zones. How do we reinvigorate Ferguson with the capital necessary to rebuild businesses that the local population can see as a matter of pride? Sadly, when nightfall came, the violence came, too, and there was more looting of businesses in Ferguson. Consider the abysmal black teenager unemployment rate and you will realize why these young people are busy shooting each other, disrespecting the rule of law and law enforcement officers, and destroying businesses – where they should be working.

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