For those who are seeking that perfect Christmas gift there is always the brand spanking new “I Love Ferguson” t-shirt, coffee mug or bumper sticker. They are guaranteed to make perfect stocking stuffers for the kids. In a perfect example of how this once great country continues the slide into the future world of Idocracy an enterprising small businessman has rolled out a line of products to bolster the image of Ferguson, Missouri. Hey, it’s not like the St. Louis suburb has become a symbol of the festering racial divide in America or anything, it only needs a little love just like Charlie Brown’s Christmas tree did.
According to a Reuters story, “’I Love Ferguson’ signs, T-shirts lift morale in protest-hit town”:
The streets of Ferguson, Missouri, bear two hallmarks of the months of sometimes violent protests that followed the August police shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer.
One is boarded-up shop windows, the other, ever-present “I Love Ferguson” signs, T-shirts and stickers.
The signs were dreamed up by the city’s former mayor, Brian Fletcher, 55, a week after the Aug. 9 death of Michael Brown provoked rioting in which businesses were burned out. Sales of “I Love Ferguson” merchandise have become a fund-raising tool intended to help the damaged businesses.
Sitting in the “I Love Ferguson” store that opened late last month, just down the street from the local police department that has been the site of repeated demonstrations, Fletcher said he started the campaign, with a few friends, hoping to spruce up the troubled city’s image.
“The way Ferguson is being portrayed is unfair and inaccurate. It looks like we are under siege, like we are Beirut or something and it’s not like that,” Fletcher said, surrounded by T-shirts, sweatshirts and stickers that bear the logo, in which “Love” is replaced by a drawing of a heart.
Talk about engaging in an exercise of turd polishing, they guy who dreamed up this gimmick has about as much shame as a street vendor hawking Sandy Hook Elementary school merchandise or the sleazy geniuses who cashed in on the overpriced exploitative garbage sold in the 9/11 memorial museum gift shop.
But be sure to get your “I Love Ferguson” merchandise quickly because once the grand jury does not bring charges against police officer Darren Wilson in the Michael Brown shooting and chaos reigns they will literally be flying off the shelves.