"It’s not racism." Yeah, okay, name the last time an unarmed white kid got shot by the police while walking home.
You asked for one, here’s four.
The reason there were armed supporters at the Bundy Ranch and not at the Mike Brown Protest is simple: Missouri doesn’t let citizens carry rifles, and Nevada does.
This is the gun control you wanted, Tumblr. You don’t get to complain about it now… this is exactly what you wanted. Only the cops have guns.
PRIORITIES: Obama races to golf course after making brief statement on Ferguson
Obama took time out of his golf marathon in Martha’s Vineyard to briefly address the riots in Ferguson, Mo.
What did we learn? That Obama is in a hurry to get back to the golf course:
And 7 minutes later…
The painful truth, is that the difference between the Bundy Ranch and Ferguson, is that the militia/protestors at the Bundy Ranch didn’t loot and pillage the countryside when the Feds tried to clamp down on them. Moreover, while people did come from all over to help, most of the protestors/militia at the Bundy Ranch were locals.
The reason the militia response to Ferguson has been smaller and slower and almost non existent as of yet, is because people are conflicted about responding to a situation where there have been actual violent riots going on, and it’s making it harder to get local people involved and willing to do what people at the Bundy Ranch did.
I mean look at the conversations on here. People are legitimately torn- a feeling that’s probably shared by most of us following the whole thing. We all want justice, but we don’t condone violence and looting, and throwing yourself into the line when you can’t trust the people around you to not escalate the situation isn’t something most people would be up for.
I really don’t understand the people on this site.
On one hand it’s “guns are evil”, “only the police should have guns”, “why would anyone need that”
On the other hand it’s “#policebrutality”, “#ripmikebrown”, “how can we defend ourselves from this?”
If you can’t see the problem here, you ARE the problem.
"Wow, the cops are hurting and killing innocent people in Ferguson? I better blame the white people at the Bundy Ranch because they had guns and didn’t get punished and aren’t helping now!"
President Obama tasks DOJ with investigating the situation in Ferguson.
Eric Holder arrives on the scene and immediately declares that the incident was the result of the Tea Party and gun culture in America. He goes on to say that the only need for guns in America is in the hands of the police.
This frustration we’re all feeling at the indifference most people are having towards Ferguson, and in some cases the “yeah fuck those looters up” sentiments we’re encountering are simply further evidence that supports the fact that when incidents of police brutality happen, the initial reaction needs to be calm, proportioned, and on target.
You cannot have people running around attacking each other, stealing, and commiting property crimes and what not, and expect outside support to come easy. Ferguson cops right now are emboldened by this shit.
MLK preached non-violence, because violence gives people an excuse to ignore you and write you off. I’m not saying don’t throw tear gas canisters back, but with everything that’s happened at this point, the only way the situation is going to deescalate is if the people back down.
When it comes to these situations, good PR wins the day. And after everything that’s happened, unfortunately, neither side at this point really has any. It’s a bitter tonic to swallow given the injustice of the situation, but the important thing right now- again- is deescalation.