Tuesday, January 05, 2016


The headline of this piece by Slate's Jamelle Bouie suggests that he believe many of us are seeing a racial inequity where none exists:

But when Bouie gets down to defending the hands-off law-enforcement response to the white Oregon wildlife refuge occupiers, he doesn't exactly claim that it's because the occupiers deserve restraint:
To observers on Twitter, this caution was galling, especially after a year of highly visible police violence against unarmed black Americans and political fear-mongering over Muslim refugees to the United States. “Let’s be clear,” said columnist Cenk Uygur, “If Muslims had seized a federal building, they’d all be dead by now #whiteprivilege #OregonUnderAttack.” Likewise, thousands of people retweeted an image of an armed militiaman captioned “150 armed white men take over a federal building and threaten violence if removed -- Not a single shot is fired at them” followed by a photo of Tamir Rice with the caption, “12-year-old black boy plays with a toy gun -- is gunned down in less than two seconds without as much as a warning.”

It’s easy to see why both tweets struck a chord. But ... there’s ... a different history involved. Confrontations at Ruby Ridge and in Waco, Texas, ended with scores of dead (white) civilians, and inspired the Oklahoma City bombing -- the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil prior to Sept. 11, 2001.

Law enforcement has been willing to use lethal violence against armed white protesters and the results were catastrophic. It’s no surprise federal agents are cautious; they walk with the hard-learned lessons of the 1990s. Even if the Bundys are paper tigers, no one wants to relive the past. In that, law enforcement officials are correct.
If I understand Bouie correctly, the reason it's okay not to shoot Ammon Bundy the way Tamir Rice was shot is that Ammon Bundy is presumed to have allies who'll not only target law enforcement but create hostage situations in which law enforcement might kill a lot of civilians as well as criminals. Or perhaps Ammon Bundy's friends will detonate a truck bomb at a federal building. Law enforcement can't be too cautious.

So I guess this is what Black Lives Matter needs to do: create a network of militias and armed compounds where civilian casualties are inevitable if law enforcement tries to enforce the law. Or perhaps what's needed is a terror network that will target large numbers of civilians if anyone in its ideological cohort is attacked.

Hey, wait -- the jihadists are said to have something like that now. And law enforcement doesn't show restraint. You don't suppose the deference shown to white militia types is just because they're white, do you?


Victor said...

Simple answer to last question:

Roger said...

Here's some e-coli for thought:


Walt Garage said...

I don't know who Jamelle Bouie is, but the sections of his post that you present make sense to me. First, there is a HUGE difference between bad/stupid/racist cops shooting a young black kid and sending the Feds in to take over a compound. rushing in with guns blazing is not the answer. It was the wrong response at Waco and at Ruby Ridge and would be the wrong response here.

Personally, I'd like to see a lot more Federal presence in the area. All I see on TV is the white terrorists wandering around freely. My biggest concern is that these guys are going to get away with it and not face charges.

tgchicago said...

Did you read Bouie's column to the end? He makes it pretty clear that it makes sense to avoid shootouts in *all* situations -- whether it's a black kid with a toy gun or a white man with a real one.

Seems logical to me.

Gerald Parks said...

You don't suppose the deference shown to white militia types is just because they're white, do you?

I DO!!!

Ten Bears said...

Actually, the locals would prefer to handle it. For example, this morning there is a law enforcement presence from every county in Oregon, and warrants have been issued.

oaguabonita said...

Well, obviously, there's a monstrous double standard at work, here. How could anything possibly ever be more obvious than that? But the problem isn't with the restraint in dealing with Bundy et al., it's with the lack thereof in dealing with Tamir et al.