Opinion from the desk of the Editor:
How many times will the trooper in charge run up to the closest microphone and decry about those outside agitators?
Do you, my readers, know how often that has been used to explain violence in the streets? NO? Well, let me help.
First of all….who are these “outside agitators”? Define the word “outside”. I get the agitator part but the ubiquitous “outside” is baffling, at least to me.
Let’s look back at those “outside agitators”…..
The year is 1886, Chicago, during a peaceful labor demonstration a bomb was thrown at police and the resulting gun fire killed several people police as well as civilians. The subsequent arrests netted 7 or 8 anarchists all convicted of the deed. “Anarchists” was the term of the day for “outside agitators”.
Fast forward to the labor movement at its height….this , at its zenith 1900-1920, where there were demonstrations and violence was used to silence the labor movement….of course, because of the rise of socialism in those years, the corporate bosses blamed most of the demonstrations and violence on the socialists or what we call “outside agitators”….
Time to hit the fast forward button again…..the tear is mid 1950’s until 1965……this was a movement to give minorities mostly blacks the right to vote and to end segregation……the demonstrations were oft times violent and people died…the southern governments blamed all the protests on “outside agitators”…mostly, according to those perpetrating the violence, were commies and other “agitators”…….
Now slow move forward….the year is 1960’s….some call it the students protests others say it was an anti-war protest….both are correct…..some were looking for social change and others , especially vets, were there to protest the war and its results on people both Americans and Vietnamese. The biggest and most violent protest was the one in Chicago, again, in 1968……what started off as a protests against the Dem convention being held in the city broke into massive protests and violence….and once again the problem was blamed on “outside agitators”……
There were many other occurrences through the years and most of the most violent ones were explained away as the work of “outside agitators”.
My point is that it is a catch all to explain when security breaks down into violence…it is seldom that the police have lost control of the situation….but rather it was because of all those “outside agitators. The police seldom if ever admit to their on incompetency…..so it must be the work of “outside agitators”.
Here is a novel idea….the police should just fess up and admit that they were incompetent in dealing with the situation. If they cannot do that then maybe explain just who these ever present “outside agitators” really are…..
Another thought…..they have calm right now in Ferguson….maybe you should STOP using the terms guns and Molotovs and concentrate on the positive.