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Over 50-years ago, and almost to the day, another American inner city was engulfed in flames, then as now a police incident with an African-American individual resisting arrest sparked the worst race riot in America’s history, leaving 34 dead, 1,032 injured, nearly 4,000 arrested, and $40 million worth of property destroyed.

The catalyst for the mayhem began as a routine traffic stop on August 11th 1965, when a California highway patrol officer responded to a call, within the predominantly black Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles of an apparently reckless driver under the influence.

Fast forward to Sunday August 14th 2016 in Milwaukee, and urban history once again repeats itself; as Sylville Smith, another African-American youth confronts a police officer, this time with a weapon resisting arrest, and is shot dead.

Sunday’s rampage began with a peaceful candlelight vigil at the site of Saturday’s shooting, which soon spiraled out of control as the crowd began chanting “ready for war!”

While Sherelle Smith sister of the dead youth condemned the violence another sister was captured on video saying; “Burning down sh*t ain’t going to help nothing. Y’all burning down sh*t we need in our community. Take that sh*t to the suburbs. Burn that sh*t down. We need our weave. I don’t wear it, but we need it.”

What seems obvious is that although these riots appear spontaneous, the facts say otherwise, as a newly released video clip shows Black Lives Matter activists whipping up the crowd and yelling at the officers attempting to keep the peace; “We do not want justice or peace anymore. We done with that shit. We want blood. We want blood. We want the same shit ya’ll want. Eye for an eye. No more peace. F–k all that. Ain’t no more peace. Ain’t no more peace. We done. We cannot co-habitate with white people, one of us have to go, black or white. All ya’ll have to go!”

Milwaukee, Ferguson, Baltimore, Detroit, Chicago, Newark and of course Watts is the results of a systemic failure of progressive policies combined with a moral decay of the family structure, that has robbed black families of their future, and replacing it with the liberal Utopia of a welfare state. Apparently not much has changed since August 11th 1965.

 

 

 

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