Are you angry at your government because you see them as oppressive and out of control? Do you respond to what you view as an outrage committed by law enforcement by forcefully protesting? Do you believe that it is a battle for the future of our nation?
Then (choose one of the below):
a. If you are black: You are a thug, an animal or the enemy of your community.
b. If you are white: You are a patriot, someone of principle, a defender of our democracy.
There couldn’t be a more literally black and white contrast between the way the Right Wing portrays the protests in Ferguson over the killing of an unarmed teenager by police and their stonewalling and the far more threatening and hostile action of the white militias who swarmed Cliven Bundy’s ranch and pointed guns at law enforcement officers after his cattle were held because he owed $1 million in grazing fees.
In Ferguson, unarmed, peaceful protesters are tear gassed, marched on by militarily dressed and armed soldiers in an around assault vehicles and fired upon with rubber bullets and wooden plugs. They are put under curfew, ordered to keep marching and not pause or be arrested and the press are jailed for covering police actions.
In Clark County, NV, armed militia men literally point loaded weapons at law enforcement to support a thief and are hailed as heroes and noble citizens.
Apparently, revolution and guns are only good things when in the hands of white people. Can you imagine what would be happening in Ferguson, MO right now if those protesting over the murder of Michael Brown openly carried rifles and hand guns in their protests? Any idea if those Right Wingers who froth at the mouth about their 2nd Amendment rights and brandish their guns anywhere and everywhere would support African Americans exercising their 2nd Amendment rights in their protests? If they protested like this?
Even Right Wing Republican politicians espouse violent, armed revolution against our government, describing themselves as true Americans for calling for overthrowing their own government…while they and/or their colleagues appear on Fox News day after day attacking the protests in Ferguson, MO. as the actions of outlaws. Granted, there are a small minority of people in Ferguson who are acting in criminal and violent ways, they should be arrested by police (not murdered) but they should also not be used by racists in the media as exemplifying most protesters.
So we’re clear on this, right? Only white people have the right to carry guns and have an armed uprising against our law enforcement and government.
Survey: Many Republicans believe armed rebellion may be necessary
Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind found that 44% of Republican respondents agreed that an “armed revolution” might be needed in the next few years to defend liberties.
African Americans in towns across the United States are killed by police and Stand Your Ground racists primarily because they are black and yet Republican white people feel that only their armed revolution would be justified because of the burden of being white in America. And having to pay taxes because they make enough income to do so.
Armed revolution is the antithesis of a democracy. Though one could imagine a purging of the corruption of our democracy if an outside group came in and without checks and balances blocking them…a malevolent group could also come in and turn our entire country into a militarized police state, mirroring Ferguson, Mo. nationwide. So if armed revolution in America can be a horrible thing, it can’t be supported at all.
Then what do we do about militarized police forces, institutionally entrenched racism in our police forces and government and rampant economic inequality?
We’re in a democracy, what we do is protest and vote. Look at Ferguson, a town with a 70% black population but virtually no representation in their police force or government. Why shouldn’t the murder of Michael Brown be the cause for making a commitment to finding black political candidates to run for office (Ron Brown for Mayor?), registering residents and getting out the vote.
The current white mayor of Ferguson, James Knowles, said today with a straight face that there is no racial tension or racial divide in Ferguson:
During a contentious interview with MSNBC’s Tamron Hall, Knowles — who has previously downplayed racial tensions in Ferguson’s history — was asked whether he had changed his opinions after seeing outcries following the fatal shooting of unarmed African-American 18-year-old Michael Brown.
“I don’t believe that’s the case, still. There’s not a racial divide in the city of Ferguson,” the mayor said.
“According to whom?” Hall responded. “Is that your perspective, or do you believe that is the perspective of African-Americans in your community?”
“That is the perspective of all residents in our city, absolutely,” Knowles said.
Hasn’t Knowles just dared 70% of his community to vote him out? He’s just essentially claimed that the murder of Michael Brown and the protests following it didn’t happen, this deluded white man is claiming that he speaks for and knows the minds of all black people in his city. Why not take him up on his dare? Why not recall him and elect an honest and non-racist mayor? Why not do the same with the city council? And the D.A.? Why not have de-militarizing the police and integrating the police force as the the rallying cry of such a recall election?
There are things that can be done within a democracy to change the way things are, short of supporting an armed revolution. Certainly, the white people in power will use all the dirty tricks and money they can get their hands on to fight such a populist takeover of their government but they can be overcome, just as they were in the election and re-election of Barack Obama.
It is hard to be optimistic in such terrible times but it can endure and ultimately prevail to believe in and act on behalf of the simple concept that when people come together, they can change things for the better. It may be messy and disappointing at times but if the people of Ferguson and the rest of us across the country come together over these very American values, we can indeed have a positive, democratic and peaceful social revolution.