1. The media has taken a sharp turn against protesters. This coincides with protests coming into the city in proximity to where many media members live and close to expensive homes and prestigious institutions. In Ferguson unrest was a novelty only affecting a working-class community few non North County/City people had a connection to and it was seen as a novelty. When the situation hit close to home the tune changed.
2. Bassem Masri has been setup by the police and some local media in full- compliance as the villian. A Palestinian-American Muslim who gets overheated at times and doesn’t think before he speaks ( I’m also guilty of this) Bassem is an easy villian for them to create as he is so “other” to white America. If he lives I really believe Bassem is going to do great things. My fear is Bassem will be killed by police and the plots for his death are being hatched now.
3. I believe you’ll see Allen West, Herman Cain, and the other favorite black flunkies of the right-wing in St. Louis before you see President Obama. President Obama will continue to seem aloof and phone it in from afar unless there is an LA Riots type of situation or greater.
4. This movement has totally destroyed the fake image of a modern, progressive, racially harmonious region that local boosters and “deep thinkers” have tried to promote. You’re not going to be able to attract the young people and immigrants this region needs when you have such an entrenched culture of racism in the region.
5. The hate and death threats against me began when Mark Reardon of KMOX radio began attacking me on the air. Reardon and other conservative talk-radio hosts make a good living spreading hate and inciting fear. There is an angry, confused, bigoted, and often uneducated white population in America that doesn’t understand changes in society and is fearful. Instead of using their position to educate people those like Reardon use their position to prey on their worst instincts. While men like Reardon, Michael Savage and Rush Limbaugh incite they won’t be around for any of the action. That will be left to the simpeltons who soak up their message while they’re busy living the cosmopolitan-elite lifestyle they rail against.
6. There will be blood. Everyone knows it’s coming. Not what I want. Not what excites me. It’s just unavoidable at this point. A lot of people are going to die in the coming weeks ( mostly by police) , a lot of property damage, and the economy of the city and NoCo will tank. This can be a moment of death for our city or a chance to be born again from the fire and blood of the martyrs.
7. I’ve directed energy towards St. Charles County and other counties west of the Missouri River because that is the belly of the beast. If you can’t change the racist culture of St. Charles County you can’t change Noco. If you can’t change St. Charles County you can’t change the political math in the state of Missouri. In the past week I’ve also talked to so many people who shared with me stories of racism against them and their families in St. Charles County so for their sake alone we must go out there. Troy and St. Charles County are equivalent to the Mississippi of the Civil-rights Movement era. The fact that talks of protests in St. Charles County and Lincoln County have drawn responses where 90% include talks of guns, killing protesters and outright racist language reinforces the need in my mind. There is also the issue of St. Charles County apparently feeling the Constitution of the United States doesn’t apply to their white-flight county as they’ve threatening to charge myself and others with felonies if we engage in a protest out there.
8. We have some very good elected officials in the St. Louis Metropolitan area. Many have been active in Ferguson. However, these individuals are not representative of the dysfunctional and outdated political culture we have in the region. A large swath of the Democratic Party in the area are nothing more than 1950’s style Strom Thurmond Dixiecrats. This includes Governor Jay Nixon, Bob Mcculloch, Steve Stenger, some south city Alderman, and many others. Jeff Roorda is a Dixiecrat and much more. Roorda is a truly dangerous hate figure in our region. The Republicans of course are most often much worse and have become a laughingstock in Jefferson City passing some of the craziest right-wing legislation you can imagine. Nonetheless I will cast my vote for Rick Stream as a protest vote. Yes Stream is very problematic; but those areas he’s nutty on he won’t have any authority on as County Executive. What he’s committed to is NoCo where’s he’s been everyday for the last several weeks. The Democrats cannot continue to take people’s vote for granted. I happen to love and respect Zaki Baruti but I’m not idealistic about politics and don’t vote for third party candidates unless they’ve got a reasonable chance of winning