You might be tempted to label this “premature” since the St. Louis Cardinals still must win the National League Championship Series in order for it to become a reality, but indulge me for a few minutes as I wax poetic about the prospect of more racial unrest in St. Louis during the 2014 World Series.
Caveat: Because I’m not a St. Louis native, I escaped the formal indoctrination program that is part of early-education programs for all who live in the shadow of the Gateway Arch. I did, however, take part in a distance-learning version of the program. You see, as a child in my forever hometown of Enid, Okla., I listened to Cardinals ballgames on the Cardinals Radio Network via KCRC-AM 1390. That, combined with the fact I’ve lived in the area for 14 years, makes me at least partially qualified to comment on local events. So here I go.
If the St. Louis Cardinals defeat the San Francisco Giants in the NLCS and find themselves in the position of hosting at least three Major League Baseball World Series games at Busch Stadium during the final ten days of October, I predict downtown St. Louis — instead of little ol’ Ferguson, Mo. — will become the epicenter of more racial unrest and protests waged by members of the “Hands Up Don’t Shoot” crowd — still upset over the deadly shooting of 18-year-old Mike Brown by police officer Darren Wilson and unwilling to wait for the grand jury to determine whether charges should be filed against Wilson — will be hijacked by groups with no direct connection to anyone in St. Louis.
In case you haven’t heard, a practice event is scheduled to begin Friday and run through Monday. Formally known as Ferguson October, the event is endorsed by a laundry list of local, state and national organizations, many of them extremely radical (see graphic above). That list includes, but is not limited to, the following:
The Organization for Black Struggle — According to the group’s website, their program is “based upon the Black Freedom Agenda that was introduced at the founding of the Black Radical Congress in 1998 and ratified in 1999.”
Code Pink — A radical organization known, among other things, for its support of Hamas and other terror groups;
Million Hoodies Movement for Justice — “Established in March 2012 in response to the murder of Trayvon Martin,” according to its website, this group appears to advocate some worthwhile causes while also having a funny name and some seriously-misguided beliefs about guns and gun laws; and
New Black Panthers Party — After a long absence, this group reemerged on the national scene in November 2008 after some of its members were observed intimidating voters at a polling place in Philadelphia and then assisted by Obama Administration appointees who interfered with their prosecution;
The names of several other pro-union, anti-Israel, pro-Islam and left-wing political groups appear on the laundry list as well. Curiously, however, neither Al Sharpton’s National Action Network or Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow PUSH Coalition are listed on the website as being involved in this so-called “Weekend of Resistance.” Rest assured, if the protest attracts national news media attention — and you know it will since its set to overlap with the first two NLCS games being played Saturday and Sunday — St. Louis-area residents can count on both race-baiting reverends to be there with bells on.
Factor in the possibility that gunfights — like the one that killed two and injured another in downtown St. Louis earlier this week — and Ebola might break out during the same period, and St. Louis could rocket back into the world media spotlight — and for all the wrong reasons.
UPDATE 10/08/2014 at 12:13 p.m. Central: After posting the piece above, I saw this article about Missouri authorities reportedly planning for possible riots if Officer Wilson isn’t indicted. Am I the only one now wondering if an announcement about the grand jury’s decision might be delayed until after the World Series? It wouldn’t surprise me if that happened. Just sayin’.
UPDATE 10/10/2014 at 7:10 a.m. Central: Another officer-involved shooting of a young black man in St. Louis has tensions at a fever pitch. According to this local news article, at least one police officer was injured when violence erupted Thursday night, as protesters blocked traffic, broke windows of at least one home and a business and burned American flags.