The following “before [riot]” and “after [riot]” photos, showing the aftermath of riots following a grand jury’s decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown, are from The Wall St. Journal, Nov. 25, 2014:

Advance Auto Parts and Fashion R on West Florissant Avenue just south of Chambers Road
Advance Auto Parts and Fashion R on West Florissant Avenue just south of Chambers Road

TitleMax Title Loans on W. Florissant Ave.
TitleMax Title Loans on W. Florissant Ave.
Clean World Laundromat on corner of W. Florissant Ave. & Chambers Rd
Clean World Laundromat on corner of W. Florissant Ave. & Chambers Rd
Little Caesars on N. Florissant Rd
Little Caesars on N. Florissant Rd
Prime Beauty Supply, corner of W. Florissant & Chambers
Prime Beauty Supply, corner of W. Florissant & Chambers

From The Daily Mail:

Hunan Chop Suey Chinese restaurant
This used to be an antique store
This used to be a gas station

To the Ferguson rioters/looters/vandals/arsonists:

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This is what you did in the name of “Justice for Michael Brown.”

You must be so proud burning, looting, demolishing small businesses, most of which are owned by minorities.

You must be so proud trashing your home town. Even animals know better than to foul their nests.

Just remember these pictures when you complain in the weeks, months and years to come that no one wants to set up business in Ferguson — an auto store, a laundromat, a beauty supply store, a Little Caesar’s pizza, a gas station, an antique store, a Chinese restaurant . . . .

To Barack Obama:

You’ve made two speeches since the Ferguson grand jury decision. I read both speeches (here and here) and found NOT ONE WORD of empathy for the owners whose small businesses were maliciously and wantonly destroyed. Instead, you asked for “understanding” for the rioters and condemned Americans who actually are disturbed by the violence:

“But what is also true is that there are still problems andcommunities of color aren’t just making these problems up.Separating that from this particular decision, there are issues in whichthe law too often feels as if it is being applied in discriminatory fashion. I don’t think that’s the norm. I don’t think that’s true for the majority of communities or the vast majority of law enforcement officials. But these are real issues.  And we have to lift them up and not deny them or try to tamp them down. What we need to do is to understand them. […] those who are only interested in focusing on the violence and just want the problem to go away need to recognize that we do have work to do here, and we shouldn’t try to paper it over.” (“Remarks by the President After Announcement of the Decision by the Grand Jury in Ferguson, Missouri,” Nov. 24, 2014)

“And as I said last night, the frustrations that we’ve seen are not just about a particular incident.  They have deep roots in many communities of color who have a sense that our laws are not always being enforced uniformly or fairly. […] Separate and apart from the particular circumstances in Ferguson, which I am careful not to speak to because it’s not my job as President to comment on ongoing investigations and specific cases, but the frustrations people have generally — those are rooted in some hard truths that have to be addressed. […]  And to those who think that what happened in Ferguson is an excuse for violence, I do not have any sympathy for that.  (Applause.) […] But for the overwhelming majority of people who just feel frustrated and pain because they get a sense that maybe some communities aren’t treated fairly, or some individuals aren’t seen as worthy as others, I understand that.  (“Remarks by the President on Immigration – Chicago, IL,” Nov. 25, 2014)

From your speeches, I can only conclude that you view yourself as President of only “communities of color” and those misunderstood “frustrated” rioters, but not of the small business owners, many of whom are minorities, whose businesses were looted, trashed, and burned to the ground, nor of Americans like me who actually take notice of the violence and destruction.

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Dr. Eowyn’s article first appeared at Fellowship of the Minds.

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