Friday, December 9, 2016

Missouri

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The University of Missouri has been rocked by race-related protests over the last few weeks—but it looks like activists may have found another villain: Christians.

In Mizzou’s “free speech zone”—apparently, the First Amendment right to free speech is not available throughout the public university’s campus—a man was identified as a Mizzou student and Christian preacher, but his name has not been identified.

Holding a protest sign that promised “salvation to all that obey Him,” and referenced the Bible verse Hebrews 5:9, the preacher was vocally criticizing the African-American community, claiming that many of them were arrested by the police because they had an attitude of “eff the police.”

He quickly attracted a crowd of angry black protestors, but the preacher continued his speech. The attack started after the preacher referenced the death of Michael Brown, the Missouri teenager who was shot while attacking a police officer and sparked the first waves of the so-called “Black Lives Matter” protests in Ferguson, Missouri.

The preacher said: “Michael Brown died because he had a disrespect for authority.”

In a video uploaded to Periscope, that was quickly the straw that broke the camel’s back; a black male protestor ripped the preacher’s sign from his hands, threw it to the ground, and then began physically assaulting the preacher—first by pushing him, and then by punching him in the face. Both the attacker and the victim were quickly separated and held back by other protestors.

After the assault, another protestor grabbed the preacher’s microphone to turn the conversation away from Christianity, and back to racism and oppression.

Police have yet to make an arrest or identify the attacker. A later photo of the victim showed him with a bloody lip, but otherwise uninjured.

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Not-Racist-Police

The liberal media seized on a story this week that 5 of the 6 police officers in tiny Parma, Missouri, quit after the first black female mayor was elected.

Their unspoken narrative? “Those racist cops, at it again!”

Except the story seems less, for lack of a better term, black and white than the media’s simplistic interpretation.

Once the dust settled, it seems like the police officers who quit had very good reason to do so–because of newly-elected Mayor Tyus Byrd’s attitude towards police, not because of her race.

Former police chief Trish Cohen, along with her assistant chief Rich Medley, explained their side of the story.

“You can’t have an anti-police mayor,” Cohen said, “and that’s the way she made me feel. My decision was not, did not, come lightly. At all. It has nothing to do with race. If it had anything to do with race, I’d done never went to work in the town.”

Medley added: “From the moment [Byrd] announced her candidacy, she never approached any of us, never advised us what her plans were or anything. Never asked us to stay or told us that the moment she took office that we weren’t going to have a job. We were in the dark on it, and then in hearing from her supporters that she was going to fire all of us, [we figured we] might as well start looking for something else.’

Simply put, Medley said: “I resigned due to trust issues.”

In Medley’s mind, Mayor Byrd was a controversial mayor-elect–but not because of her race or gender. Byrd’s father was a powerful city councilman in the racially-mixed town of 700 residents–and had a history of interfering with police investigations when it benefited him. Medley was afraid Byrd would strike a similar course as mayor.

Medley described his previous encounters with Byrd as acrimonious, with her telling his fellow cops: “I have family on the City Council; I’ll have your badge; I’ll have your job!”
He continued: “If I’ve got to be concerned whether or not I’m going to lose my job doing an action any other police officer would do, then that creates hesitation. And in this line of work hesitation can mean life or death.”

Despite what the mainstream media wants the narrative to be, it’s clear that not every story is racially motivated. Sometimes people just quit because they don’t want to work for someone they can’t trust–not because of their boss’s skin color.

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