One of those colonizers, William S. Peters, procured a huge tract of land in East Texas and, in 1841, began enticing settlers to what became known as Peters' Colony with the promise of 860 acres of land and a gun.
Five years later, in 1846, the now State of Texas divided its land up into 30 mile square counties. One of those counties, named Collin County after Collin McKinney, a signatory of the Texas Declaration of Independence from Mexico in 1836, encompassed Peters' Colony.
The Texas legislature had decreed that a county seat had to be within three miles of the geographic center of the county so that a rider could get from the edge of the county to the county seat and back home in one day. Peter's Colony fit that criterion and on 16 march 1848 the Texas Legislature renamed Peter's Colony McKinney and declared it the county seat of Collin County.
McKinney Texas today is a city of 155,000, and unlike its brawny and unbridled neighbor Dallas, 30 miles to the South, McKinney retains the values that made Texas what it is today – honesty, integrity, and an unflagging dedication to God and country. In 2014, McKinney Texas was selected by Money Magazine as "the #1 Best Place to Live in America."
On Friday 5 June 2015, a group of teenagers were enjoying a pool party at Craig Ranch, a racially mixed subdivision in West McKinney. Like almost all subdivision pools in Texas, the Craig Ranch community pool is for the use of Craig Ranch residents only. In mid-afternoon, a group of non-resident teenagers, drinking and smoking marijuana, showed up at the pool and attempted to crash the party.
When they were refused entrance, they began climbing over the fence and attacked a security guard and other adults who tried to stop them. The security guard called the police.
The police arrived to a full blown melee, with scantily clad teenagers throwing punches and pulling hair. Eight year veteran police officer David Eric Casebolt was attempting to subdue one of the combatants, 15 year old Dajerria Becton, when a young Black man in tan shorts, a blue shirt, and a teal blue cap approached the officer, assumed a shooting stance, and reached behind him as though reaching for a gun. Officer Casebolt responded by drawing his weapon, and the Black youth fled with such haste he left his teal blue cap behind.
The Marginally Scrupulous Media (MSM) saw an opportunity to advance the current Perception Control (PC) myth of "police brutality" and ballyhooed the event into a national disaster. Despite the testimony of witnesses like Benet Embry, a 43-year-old Black Craig Ranch resident, who said, "This was not a racially motivated event – at all. This whole thing is being blown completely out of proportion," the MSM insisted this was another example of racism in our police forces.
Predictably, professional rabble rousers like Deray McKesson and their coterie of paid demonstrators descended on McKinney Texas, intent on turning it into another Ferguson Missouri. But they have failed – because they forgot they were in Texas.
They forgot they were dealing with Texans. These are not Ferguson freeloaders or Baltimore belligerents they're dealing with. These are the descendants of the brave and hardy people who, 170 years ago, crossed rivers and swamps and prairies and fought off wild animals and hostile Indians for 860 acres and a gun.