While the progressive on-line news sources like the Daily Beast and Huffington Post (and some yellow journalism rags like the New York Times) try to stoke hatred for the GOP as racists, let's remember St. Louis and Ferguson are controlled by elected Democrats. The much maligned prosecutor McCulloch is a powerful player in Missouri Democratic politics. Also, most famous African American political and media leaders of national fame whose names I would recognize have been Republicans--Martin Luther King, Jr., James Weldon Johnson, Edward Brooke, Colin Powell, Condoleeza Rice, Thomas Sowell, Shelby Steele, Clarence Thomas, Booker T. Washington, Walter E. Williams, Sojourner Truth, Jackie Robinson, Snerdly (Rush Limbaugh's call screener) and Eldridge Cleaver, to name a few. Frederick Douglass was the first African American to have his name on a national party nomination (Republican) in 1888. Their writings and speeches may have set the world on fire, but they didn't burn down their community's businesses.