Conservatives stand up for individual freedom, unless you’re black

 

Bundy-Brown Partisan Divide

If you’ve been following the news coverage on the protests in Ferguson, Missouri in response to the police shooting of Michael Brown, you know how volatile the situation has gotten.  The police stationed at the protests sites have suppressed the protesters by hurling tear gas canisters and stun grenades into crowds of citizens.  They’ve even threatened to shoot reporters on location for recording and publicizing the police’s actions, a complete violation of the first amendment.  Many politicians, including the President, have condemned these officers for persecuting reporters for simply doing their jobs.  But it continues none the less.  Despite the militarization of the local police, Missouri governor Jay Nixon announced Sunday that the state’s national guard would intervene.  Whether having the national guard intervene is a good judgement or not is yet to be determined.  What is more remarkable is the response of some conservatives to the situation.

On Sunday afternoon, a few dozen counter-protesters gathered in downtown St. Louis to display their support for Darren Wilson, the white police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown on August 9th.  During their protest, they argued that Wilson was just doing his job, and being an officer of the law who maintains peace throughout the community.  That could be interpreted as a legitimate argument if Wilson really was enforcing peace.  Unfortunately, he wasn’t.  He victimized Brown and his friends for walking in the street, and executed Brown for it.  Anyone who believes that police behavior like that is rational or justifiable will undoubtedly support anything the police do, regardless of its legality.  They don’t admit that racial discrimination in Missouri exists because they’ve never experienced it.  The reason they haven’t been persecuted by the cops is because they are white.  Meanwhile, the black citizens of the area have to experience racial stereotyping by the police everyday.  These white folks in the counter-protest just ignore the race issue as if it doesn’t exist, simply because it hasn’t negatively impacted them.  Just because an issue has never involved you, doesn’t mean that it doesn’t exist or it isn’t a serious problem.  Yet, these Darren Wilson supporters are so ignorant that they completely disregard this.

If ordinary white civilians of St. Louis came out in support for Darren Wilson, than it could only be a matter of time until more radical individuals also publicly announce their support for him.  The Ku Klux Klan praises Wilson for shooting the black teenager, and is committed to financially supporting him.  The KKK’s South Carolina faction, the New Empire Knights, revealed that their Missouri division is currently raising money for Wilson.

We are setting up a reward/fund for the police officer who shot this thug. He is a hero! We need more white cops who are anti-Zog and willing to put Jewish controlled black thugs in their place. Most cops are cowards and do nothing while 90% of interracial crime is black (and non-white) on white.

The fact that now the KKK are getting involved in the situation is beneficial for the side of this contention who are against the police.  Just as the conservatives stopped supporting Cliven Bundy once they found out he was a racist, those who endorsed Wilson will no longer do so now that the KKK does.  Surely no sane person would choose to remain on the same side as the KKK on any issue.

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The standoff between Cliven Bundy’s red-neck militia and law enforcement.

This whole situation and the right’s stance on it can’t help but remind me of the conflict earlier this year involving Cliven Bundy, the cattle rancher who let his cattle graze on state property for twenty years.  When officials from the U.S Bureau of Land Management demanded that Bundy follow the law and pay the grazing fees he owes, he refused.  Afterwards, a standoff between a militia in support of Bundy, composed of family members and fellow ranchers, and law enforcement ensued.  Progressive media displayed him as a fool who refused to follow the law, while Right-wing talk-show hosts like Sean Hannity regarded Bundy as a patriot who was standing up for his liberty against the restrictions of individual freedom instituted by big government.    Even some Republicans in congress promoted Bundy, that is, until everyone learned that he’s a racist.  Bundy quickly lost support of his new friends from the conservative media, was left alone to defend himself and tell the world that he wasn’t a racist.  Before discovering his racist remarks, the Republicans loved him for resisting law enforcement and condemning big government.

In this Ferguson case, the conservatives have completely switched sides.   Now they support the police.  They blame most of the incident on Brown, claiming that he if had followed the law and listened to the officer, he wouldn’t be dead.  These conservatives are very inconsistent in their beliefs on standing up for individual freedom. During the Bundy standoff, they supported a man who violated the law and openly disobeyed law enforcement, in this Ferguson issue, they support a police officer who targeted a few young black men and decided to kill one.  When considering these factors, one who thinks reasonably might ask, “If the conservatives condemn Brown for not following the law, why did they support Bundy when he violated the law?”  This is where the issue of race returns to the issue, and it truly reveals just how racially divided America is.  Republicans approved of Bundy when he protested against the BLM because he’s one of them.  A conservative, libertarian old white man who shares the same views and values as they do. This shows that they value the life of a white man superior than to that of a black man. Aside from a few Republicans, such as Rand Paul and Ted Cruz, they criticize the protesters in Ferguson for standing up against law enforcement, while they were doing it only a few months ago in southeastern Nevada.

The hypocrisy of these right-wingers is quite ludicrous.  Although some of them believe that racism isn’t an issue in America anymore, most of them, whether it they know it or not, are partially racist, which is why they have condemned the protesters who are angry because of the death of Michael Brown.  I wish that more Americans would take a position like Rand Paul and support the protesters in their anger at the police, and in their struggle for freedom.  If the rightists legitimately care about an individual’s right to freedom, than they won’t support the police in their oppression of protesters.

 

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SOURCES:

http://guardianlv.com/2014/08/kkk-vows-to-help-officer-who-shot-unarmed-teen-michael-brown-video/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bundy_standoff

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