Michael Brown was shot on August 9th, sparking community outrage that turned into protest; that turned into rioting; that turned into looting. It’s all been chronicled. A staggering number of op-eds have been published on the matter, along with a countless pieces speculating on the legality of the shooting itself. Frankly, it’s quite tiresome. It’s November 21st..
In the aftermath we saw protest spring up over a shooting in St. Louis city, where a man had a knife. Also a shooting on Shaw, that sparked the same format of protest. This time, however it was St. Louis city, an area known as The Grove.
All culminating to what was called Moral Monday.
Cornell West came to St. Louis and was arrested—it was his only reason for coming to St. Louis. The protest also were at St. Louis city hall, with lots of theatrics. That Monday ended at Webster Groves, where the protest came dangerously close to crossing real lines.
They surrounded a building with a setting US senator inside. It was a fundraiser for the campaign of Steve Stenger, who’s running on the Democratic ticket for St. Louis county executive. Also, Fannie Lou Dems, a Ferguson start up, with one purpose—to disrupt the county executive election, hit social media hard. Even after Stenger had won, they continued to harass and taunt democratic strategist, Jane Dueker . Who helped with Stenger’s campaign and also found herself inside the photographed building surrounded. No matter your political leanings, one must acknowledge Stenger’s unflinching reaction to the wild protest and theatrical politics. Some call them threats.
Now, the entire Democratic Party seeks to hang this whole fiasco on Gov. Jay Nixon. While I’m no supporter of Nixon’s, I find it too convenient and frankly, intellectually disingenuous to completely ignore the local dramatis persona when handing out the “blame“.
Now, more protest are expected. The governor has issued an State of Emergency order. Not under normal SOE circumstances, like weather or terrorist attacks, but under Missouri law 41.480. In the order, it mentions 44.010-44.13—which is the standard justification for declaring a state of emergency, but it’s clear this isn’t the case.
Now, we wait.. As a region, as a state, and as a country. It is what it is.