Here’s a Black resident of Ferguson, Missouri, who claims that the federal government has imported phoney protesters into Ferguson to fan the flames and help precipitate more violence by demonstrators and more counter-violence by the police and National Guard.
If this conspiracy theory is correct, more of Ferguson and perhaps parts of St. Louis are likely to be burned to ashes in the near future–and not because of the locals. On the other hand, if the conspiracy theory is false and evidence of overreaction, we may see some semblance of lasting calm restored to Ferguson within the next week.
I don’t know if this conspiracy theory is true or false. But we live in a time when it could be true that our own government–despite claims to be searching for a solution to the conflict in Ferguson–is actually seeking make matters worse, more violent, more deadly and more widespread. How much longer can Ferguson burn before we also see fires in Chicago, Atlanta, Baltimore or LA?
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