From our friend Michael Walsh at the National Review’s The Corner. He’s got a historical piece referencing the “progressive” action in Rochester, N.Y. during the mid-to-late 1960s and how they relate to current protests.
Read the full post, but a taste…
Alinsky rode into town on a one-trick pony that the Left has since turned into its warhorse: Agitate one side’s grievances, and appeal to another side’s decency and gullibility in order to provoke the establishment, whose reaction will unite the other two. Then the community organizer charges in on his nag-turned-steed and proceeds to set the rot in motion under the banner of “progress.”
Even though the activists want you to think the riots were in response to oppression by the man – in Rochester’s case Kodak not hiring enough minorities – they were really kicked off when police responded to a dance chaperone calling police to help remove an unruly and drunk party-goer.
The disturbance began at a Friday evening street dance sponsored by the Northeast Mothers Improvement Association. One of the chaperones called police to complain about an intoxicated young man and when police attempted to arrest him, the crowd interfered. The officers called for backup and when a K-9 unit arrived on the scene, the crowd became enraged.
Alkinsky showed up and picked Kodak as a primary target since they were the largest employer in town.
Just an interesting historical perspective for you this morning.