Time magazine ponders whether to tag the Ferguson protesters with their "Person of the year" honor, but there is no doubt that they deserve another honor: "Gun sales persons of the year." See Ferguson protests influence Black Friday gun sales and 2 gun stores near Ferguson say sales are soaring.
President Obama has held that distinction for several years, so there's one more area in which he's been pushed aside.
Meanwhile, it's a real stretch to say the problems in Ferguson are racial discrimination. Walter Williams targets a more likely reason: Lack of a good education. The problem and the solution:
According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress, sometimes called the nation's report card, the average black 12th-grader has the academic achievement level of the average white seventh- or eighth-grader. ... In some school districts, 700 teachers are annually assaulted and threatened. At one time, Philadelphia employed 500 school police officers. Similar stories of school violence can be told in other cities with large black populations, such as Chicago, Baltimore, Detroit, Cleveland, Oakland, California, and Newark, New Jersey. How useful is it to spend resources on discrimination while allowing unsafe and chaotic educational environments to exist?
Whether a student is black, white, orange or polka-dot and whether he's poor or rich, there are some minimum requirements that must be met in order for him to do well in school. Someone must make the student do his homework. Someone must see to it that he gets eight to nine hours of sleep. Someone has to fix him a wholesome breakfast and ensure that he gets to school on time and respects and obeys teachers.
While most of us are fundamentally opposed to a nanny state, maybe there are some who really do need a nanny.