Almost immediately after last summer’s shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, it became clear to those watching the marches, rallies, and even the looting and rioting, that the initial movement protesting police brutality and racism was hijacked. Angry crowds showed up with a wave of Al Sharpton’s evil magic wand. They showed up very prepared, not just with signs made with magic marker and poster board from their local drugstore, but with high quality printed signs. The majority of protestors were not citizens of Ferguson and not even citizens of Missouri. That kind of “anger” comes with a price tag. So who is really footing the bill?
As is the case with a lot of Liberal causes, one has to look no further than über Left wing billionaire George Soros. In a stunning piece by Kelly Riddell in the Washington Times, the intricate and almost incestuous maze of Socialist and near Communist groups that Soros has funded since that fateful day in Ferguson, is proof that the “movement” has nothing to do with the death of Michael Brown.
According to Riddell and the Washington Times, and the most recent tax records of Soros non-profit organizations like his Open Society Foundations, Soros has contributed roughly $33 million to established, on-the-ground activist groups that swooped into Ferguson within hours of the shooting. While Soros has a long track record of supporting Left Wing groups and causes dating back to the early 90’s, it is events like Ferguson and Staten Island that Soros is heavily invested in.
The Times piece affirms what many in the St. Louis area were thinking, that busloads of professional protesters from all over the country came to organize protests and acts of civil disobedience. For some of those professionals, their job was to monitor conservatives, both on Social Media and elsewhere, for anything that could be used against them and to ultimately portray as racist.
One of the most entrenched groups involved is the Gamaliel Foundation. Gamaliel is basically a textbook example of community organizing. They combine faith-based groups with political, economic, environmental, and other like-minded organizations to “empower” people of diverse faiths and races. Gamaliel has 43 affiliates in 16 states, and focuses on community organizing in an Alinsky-like tradition. Gamaliel’s St. Louis office was responsible for organizing the “Weekend of Resistance” rally that took place in October that brought a variety of social justice and other similar groups to St. Louis. They can boast of at least one success story who got his community organizing start at Gamaliel, President Barack Obama.
It is George Soros however, that is the true man behind the curtain. Not only are groups like Gamaliel funded by him, the money trickles down to local and regional grassroots groups like #BlackLivesMatter and the Hands Up Coalition. Among the groups that receive Soros funding are: The Organization for Black Struggle, Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment, and the Samuel Dewitt Proctor Conference. The Samuel Dewitt Proctor Conference sent Clergy representatives to Ferguson and they also have a celebrity who serves as a trustee, Rev. Jeremiah Wright.
The web of Soros funding behind the Ferguson protests is much more extensive and organized than the picture painted here. Will any Soros assistance trickle down to business owners, especially African-American business owners, who had their businesses looted and damaged countless times? Will the ones who lost their businesses altogether because of the violence that George Soros instigated, receive help through a never-ending money pipeline?
That is no doubt out of the scope of the Soros definition of community organizing.