Brown family reaction: “Burn this bitch down”

The small group is quiet and reverent for the first few moments after they realize the grand jury did not deliver the indictment they were looking for. Lesley McSpadden tearfully speaks. CNN and The New York Times captured the video at this moment. Then came the demand to “burn this bitch down” by McSpadden’s husband Louis Head.

Warning … graphic language. The video is from The New York Times. Just in-case, I do have a copy of the video at the RVO YouTube channel.

We have to wonder if Head will be charged with inciting a riot.

I want you to look at the NYT headline. “Michael Brown’s Mother Reacts.”

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  1. bien-pensant on November 25, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    This makes me remember back to 1965. The Watts section of Los Angeles erupted into weeks of riots over the arrest of a black motorist for drunken driving. A disc jockey known as Magnificent Montague infamously used the phrase “Burn, baby, burn” on his radio show and it was appropriated by rioters. I wonder if Louis Head will achieve such notoriety.
    This has certainly set race relations back to the 1960s.

  2. bien-pensant on November 25, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    I ran across a quote of Joe R. Hicks of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference:
    “The riots, however, only made things worse. And since then the problems have metastasized — in large part because the city’s black elite demanded massive government intervention, rather than shouldering responsibility for their community’s future.”
    He was talking about Watts.
    My, oh, my, how times haven’t changed. Sad to say, you just wait and see. Just wait and see how the jihidi’s will turn this to their advantage. This may mark a beginning.
    Troubles? We ain’t seen nothing yet!

    • Anne-EH on November 26, 2014 at 9:40 am

      I remember as a little girl, protests in the late 60’s because of Vietnam. They were bad but the protests have had a reason to be.

      What I have been seeing is thurgery on a massive scale.

  3. Lynn on November 26, 2014 at 9:01 am

    I am hoping that Ferguson does not degenerate into my favorite movie, “Escape to New York” but this could be the prequel to a very bad remake. It is not even necessary to have a majority to take over a city, the lawless sometimes are stronger than a majority.

    • bien-pensant on November 26, 2014 at 9:11 am

      Do you mean democrats?

    • Lynn on November 26, 2014 at 1:33 pm

      Ha, no I am sure there were new Black Panthers there and anarchists wearing Guy Fawkes masks (the only time I have seen them was in my only trip to London at a demonstration), and they don’t register with a party they just destroy. Since I can only see video of the riots I can’t identify any other groups. But, in my heart I know that there were some brave undercover agents there and I wish them all the skills they need to stay safe. As for Democrats, they were there also and some were calling for peace and some for violence like any political party.

  4. Anne-EH on November 26, 2014 at 9:29 am

    This is thuggery at its worse.

    • sammy22 on November 26, 2014 at 11:19 am

      Yes, it is.

  5. JollyRoger on November 29, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    Sharpton in Ferguson- not a messenger of peace! 0bama’s cozy relations with Sharpton (like an extended family member in WH) says a lot about where 0’s heart is. 0bama should have to explain some of the friends he keeps- that kind of journalism might actually sell some newspaper!

    • Lynn on November 30, 2014 at 12:06 pm

      JR, I would agree with you except remember how he denied he knew Rev Wright. The latest was Gruber even though there was a tape of him extolling Gruber. Although I am not a Psychologist, President Obama exhibits behavior of a pathological liar. The MSM did not even mention the Gruber story. How do you tell the electorate about his friends, if it is not covered. Remember we are informed citizens, the uninformed are in the majority, thank goodness Only 30% voted in this last election. The elite only read the NYTimes or listen to NPR. The rest get their news from HuffPo, Vogue and John Stewart. Even when Stewart tells the truth they don’t get it. They are too young for Schoolhouse Rock. When true journalists tell the truth, they are charged like James Rosen or Let go by CBS like Sharyl Atkisson. However, I appreciate your views.

    • sammy22 on November 30, 2014 at 5:14 pm

      If only 30% of eligible voters voted last November, it’s a very sad commentary on the state of our political system. It’s too small a number of informed and non-informed voters to decide who is going to govern the US.

    • Dimsdale on December 2, 2014 at 9:37 am

      Perhaps if our vaunted media informed voters about more than the size of some random Kardashian’s butt or stupid antic, and didn’t allow the White House persecution of real reporters like Attkisson (, then there would be far fewer excuses for voter ignorance.

      A “low information voter” is not necessarily a stupid voter, just one that has been deprived of pertinent information for political reasons.

  6. bien-pensant on November 30, 2014 at 6:30 pm least the majority of the 30% got it right and voted some of the *&^%$# democrats out of office. (Except Connecticut…) One party — democrat — rule has crippled this country in so many ways. Gee, Wally, let’s start with the national debt. Oh, I know, how about scandals! Using the IRS to go after your enemies, F&F(!), Veteran’s Administration, Benghazi, Bergdhal, NSA snooping, DOJ going after reporters, DOJ targeting conservatives, Hillary Clinton (her very own scandal continually in the making), and now, Ferguson. Those are just a few. Need I say more?
    If all we need is 30% to get the country back to a Right way of being governed then, so be it.
    Let the other 70% of The Uninformed stay home.
    We don’t need ’em.

    • Lynn on November 30, 2014 at 8:30 pm

      Thanks BP, you always stay optimistic. Yes, I agree that that we don’t need anyone to vote that does not care enough to know the issues. President Obama promised free phones and free healthcare from his “stash” to get elected the first time. The second time he just said Republicans were racist and would take away women’s right to choose. As long as we don’t have another false messiah in 2016 we might get back on course.

    • sammy22 on November 30, 2014 at 10:33 pm

      I assume (but what do I know?) that the 30% who voted included some of the uninformed as well. And, from my personal experience, I would say that a state wholly under the control of Republicans/Conservatives, has a pile of problems that make it no better governed than one controlled by Democrats or a mix of the two parties.

    • Lynn on December 1, 2014 at 7:15 am

      Of course Sammy, both parties have people who vote their straight party. always. No one party has all the answers, the best governments are when there is a swing back and forth betwen the two ideologies. That is the reason that I am so upset with the state of Connecticut. There is no balance, no yin and yang, no free market, growing businesses, just an overwhelming growth of the government with not enough working paeople to pay the taxes to support it.

    • bien-pensant on December 2, 2014 at 9:11 am

      @sammy, the federal debt has now officially climber to over to $18 trillion (!!!!) during the Obama regime.
      Is there any wonder how the rich keep getting wealthier?

  7. Lynn on December 1, 2014 at 10:55 am

    Ok, I got off the track as always. What is happening in Ferguson can happen in any community. In Ct, many communities can become this way, because both Liberals and conservatives want to preserve their estates for their children and move out of a state which has such burdensome taxes on every little service there is. The richest can afford to move somewhere they can live six months & One day, so they do not pay CT income & estate tax when they die. We also lose their buying power in restaurants, shops etc when they live away. The rest of us who work or have retired need to pay for those who don’t work, which increases if the size of give aways is not reduced or paying for increasing govt workers. Don’t forget the promised pensions, which Govt doesn’t have to be fully funded, unlike businesses with a union. Those who don’t work, stay at home and get mad because they don’t have as much as they would like and decide they don’t because everyone else is racist. Voila! Violent unrest and no respect for the law, church or standards of behavior- riots next.We oldies already lived through this once already. Manson called it “Helter Skelter”.

    • bien-pensant on December 2, 2014 at 8:27 am

      True, very true. I still assiduously assert that one party–democrat–rule in CT has ruined the economic environment until such time that they are replaced. Between the democrat controlled legislature and the governor, the state treasury is by them as the personal bank for anyone professing party loyalty to the liberal meme.
      Ferguson: This whole tragedy started with an oversize teenager committing a violent crime and then taunting and attacking a police officer. This is a problem of and for the black community. Embracing the entitlement mentality, the “I deserve…(a box of Swisher Sweets)” is crippling black communities. Brown used his size and arrogance to commit a crime and set in motion a horrific chain of events. Having Sharpton show up to spread his racial bile is not indicative of a healthy community.
      Whether Connecticut, Missouri or any other state displaying racial problems, it is only the economy that can offer salvation. Jobs and opportunities. Not marching, rioting and burning. Certainly not from overheated invective spewed by vile, race-hustlers. We saw all that in the ’60s and nothing good came of it.

    • bien-pensant on December 2, 2014 at 8:42 am

      Edit: …the state treasury is seen and used by them as their personal bank for anyone professing party loyalty to the liberal meme.
      Add: One party rule of government continues to be the problem.

  8. Dimsdale on December 2, 2014 at 9:38 am

    If the Browns want to be true martyrs, shouldn’t they have started with their own home?

    • bien-pensant on December 2, 2014 at 5:01 pm

      They only want to be seen as victims.
      How soon before they file the first lawsuit?

  9. Lynn on December 2, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    Since no one is probably reading this post anymore because we have usurped it. I will just say thanks to BP, I agree totally. Also, thanks for the chuckle Dims. I have to admit my first take is that you were talking about a new term for a race. I was trying to figure out who the Brown race was. Then I realized you were talking about Michael Brown, his mother’s last name is not Brown and she lives with her boyfriend, whose last name also is not Brown, but I am assuming you meant those two loud mouthed leeches. Michael Brown was raised by his grandmother, and her name might be Brown, but she seems like a nice lady. Anyways, now I can’t stop chuckling, thanks all you made a trying day, a mirthful one. That could be a made up word.

    • bien-pensant on December 3, 2014 at 7:56 am

      Still here.
      The different names are a bit confusing to me. I am surprised that McSpadden, is it?, came forward. Not surprised that he ranted and encouraged riot. If I did that, I would be in trouble…
      Was Michael Brown a welfare child? Did he grow up, nurtured by the system? Did he ever hold a paying job? Did anyone in his family work?
      Also, did Brown have a history of robbery and street-gang affiliation? At 300+ pounds, he was certainly an intimidating presence.
      I have not heard answers to those questions.

    • Lynn on December 3, 2014 at 8:36 am

      I think I’ve seen answers to those questions on Twitter. If they don’t take this down, will report back

  10. Lynn on December 4, 2014 at 7:54 am

    All I read is that his Mom wanted nothing to do with him, until after he was dead. His grandmother raised him! That’s it

    • bien-pensant on December 4, 2014 at 3:53 pm

      Also, a juvie record that was not unsealed.
      It almost seems there is something simmering just below the surface in the black communities that is prompting/promoting confrontations with police. Hmmmm.
      Grand juries are not looking so good lately. I have never heard of anyone I know serving on one.(?) Have you?

  11. JollyRoger on December 8, 2014 at 1:51 am

    Having worked with so many Africans both here & in Africa, I’m struck by how lightly colored so many of these “African-Americans” are. Obama, Holder, Jeh Johnson, Henry Louis (I can’t find my keys) Gates, Halle Berry… They look as watered down as a D&D coffee with extra room for cream. Uncle Omar & Aunt Zeituni were the real deal though. If you’ve got slave ancestors, their neighbors back home sold them into slavery, and you should be thankful that some slaver bought them and spared them the ethnic cleansing so common back home! I’d advise any hyphenated-American to go back to their motherland or fatherland, and don’t lose your passport because you’re American and the folks back home will never let you steal their job or bowl of rice.

    • bien-pensant on December 8, 2014 at 3:31 pm

      Wow. I’m waiting for blowback on this one!
      Is this about “authentic?”
      Actually, I had occasion to work in Hartford for ten years as a teacher. The things that “persons of color” say to each other and about other were amazing. I would never even think to talk about individual characteristics as they did. There were many discussions about just what color tan was and just why black was an inappropriate and maligning descriptor. Brown was preferred but not accepted. With examples. Very aware of color.
      Of course, I was always that fat, white, honky, butter-neck, cracker MF. (Said with love as that was just plain-spoken fact.)

  12. Anne-EH on December 8, 2014 at 9:11 am

    Good grief! What is this country coming to?!


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