"The Ferguson Grand Jury’s decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown is a miscarriage of justice. It is a slap in the face to Americans nationwide who continue to hope and believe that justice will prevail.
"This decision seems to underscore an unwritten rule that Black lives hold no value; that you may kill Black men in this country without consequences or repercussions."
Never mind that the first paragraph of Rep. Fudge's tirade reveals a disdain for the American justice system and a delusion that anything that does not conform to her preconceptions is a "miscarriage of justice" that affects "Americans nationwide." Her second paragraph is clearly intended to be incendiary.
Al Sharpton called the grand jury decision "an absolute blow to justice," and declared, “We can lose a round, but the fight is not over.”
Missouri State Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal referred to the events in Saint Louis as a "race war" and vowed, "we are not going to allow it anymore."
And in Chicago, Jesse Jackson said, "Too often, the officer who serves and protects is the killer and executioner," and "The killing is common place, but the justice is not."
Is all this inflammatory rhetoric simply over-reaction to disappointment in a legal decision that contradicts preconceived and uninformed notions of what happened on 9 August in Ferguson Missouri? Or is this part of a concerted effort to fan the flames of Ferguson unrest?
These were not spontaneous demonstrations. Someone spent a lot of thought, time, and money designing these signs, and – weeks before the grand jury reached a decision – had them printed and waiting in cities across the country.
And why would they do that unless they knew that there would actually be demonstrators? Could it be that the demonstrators – just like the signs – were scheduled?