Traditionally, an agent provocateur (plural: agents provocateurs, French for “inciting agent(s)”) is a person employed by the police or other entity to act undercover to entice or provoke another person to commit an illegal act. More generally, the term may refer to a person or group that seeks to discredit or harm another by provoking them to commit a wrong or rash action.
Last night, conveniently I might add, on the news there was a story about a neighborhood in Rialto that was littered with Nazi flyers asking people to honor Adolf Hitler on his birthday. Allegedly distributed by the white nationalist organization Aryan Nations as a way of recruiting.
And in typical fashion, the news reporter found a Black person to speak about it.
“I think its racist and I think that it shouldn’t be thrown in our neighborhood because this is a mixed neighborhood,” said Rialto resident Mary Jones. “I don’t see why they pick our neighborhood to throw these things in.”
Now mind you, this story ran, conveniently, on the eve of a white supremacists scheduled for downtown. A rally that drew 40, count em’, 40, white supremacists Saturday on the lawn of Los Angeles City Hall, but called out hundreds of counter-protesters forcing the Los Angeles Police Department to go on tactical alert.
Meanwhile, at approximately 11 a.m. on the other side of the town at the Rancho Cienega Sports Complex which houses the Arthur Ashe Tennis Center of Los Angeles, while exiting my car and walking over to the courts I encountered several Swastikas freshly painted in time for today’s rally. I mean fresh because I was just there the day before and there were no Swastikas.
Let me let you in on a little secret. No white supremacists from the Aryan Nations came to the Jungles—uh I mean Baldwin Hills, and put up Swastikas overnight and walked away with their life–let alone a serious beat down. It just didn’t happen. Uh uh. Nope I don’t believe it. I won’t believe it.
I know that park like the back of my hands and more importantly I know the people IN that park like the Black on my hands.
What we have, and I do believe this to be the case in both situations—Rialto and over at Rancho—is an agent provocateur trying to start some shit among Black people. I guess it’s been too quiet—or maybe a law enforcement agency is trying to get more monies for personnel and needs some shit to kick off to prove why more law enforcement is needed in the area. I don’t know. But what I do know is that I’m not falling for he bullshit—well that and I think Councilman Wesson might want to send someone over there to paint over that shit before Dorsey students return back to school on Monday morning.