What a way to start the new year... #OregonUnderAttack
When I first heard of this story late night on Jan. 2, I figured that it'd be handled quickly and be a widespread media phenomenon as the first big news story of 2016. Well, that's two strikes and too telling of how wrong I am.
Am. Not was. Am, because this is STILL
, as I type, going on! Armed terrorists openly declares treason over the imprisonment of two rancher arsonists. THAT should be the headline, not the bullshit the weak ass reporter tweeted on ABC News' feed. #ABCNewsBeLike
But, ABC isn't the only network that should be put on blast. ALL of them needs to be outed and chastised as being hypocritical and sorely lacking in journalistic responsibility. It's a downright shame that twitter is the only place to see news break, and I don't even have it! And the news outlets that do decide to cover it, do so in very egregious ways:
1. Comparing known terrorists to the #BlackLivesMatter movement
NEWSFLASH!! Protestors in Ferguson and Baltimore were assaulted
by police BEFORE the riots took place! Besides, since when is taking diapers and Tylenol from a CVS the SAME or WORSE than a marching militia storming onto federally-protected land and demanding they should be able to own and distribute said STOLEN, OCCUPIED land to the ranchers of Oregon? Did I miss the news coverage of ANY Black Lives Matter protestor use ANYTHING lethal? Are cardboard signs, gas masks, and megaphones tools of destruction? But these past troublemaking Bundy boys (known for posting snipers on their property, shooting at federal officers, and stealing back cattle that were federally confiscated for various reasons all with NO consequences) need to be coddled and handled with kid gloves because their not "looting anyone." #SideEyesCNN
2. Not calling these treasonists terrorists or vice versa
To protest is to say or show disapproval or disagreement over something. Bundy's pack of animals are DEMANDING a government-free state. They want America to literally give up a piece of land and have it not be America anymore. #TreasonMuch #YallQuedaPlease
What did start out as a "disagreement" over the Hammond arson case (the town marched in a REAL peaceful demonstration), has morphed into this standoff between self-entitled and self-appointed dipshits and a wishy-washy police force. Self-appointed because the Hammonds AND the ranchers of Oregon want no part of their fuckery! Remember the Black Panther Party? They mobilized to get weapons for protection and before they could say, "Black Power!" the government BOMBED the building they were in, effectively killing the movement and ending any future thought of an armed POC militia. But Muslims, Black Lives, and Black Panthers (BPP) are terrorists, not white criminals from Arizona? Gotcha.
3. No widespread coverage or outrage
If you are watching this mess unfold, you'll notice that the ones that are disgusted and calling this what it really is are not journalists. They are readers, bloggers, tweeters, people who are sick and tired of the obvious double standard that is on display. White people and many others are finally
starting to see what we Black people have been saying forever. There is a real problem with white supremacy, white privilege, and racial disparity in this country.
Still don't believe us?
Picture, if you will, if this situation occurred with Black militiamen or an Asian militia or Muslim-Americans or Native peoples or even Latino dayworkers/farmers. Will they still be alive to express their demands? Would this occupation, declaration, and act of high treason still be tolerated for over 35 hours? Would a Muslim non-jihadist group of pissed-off Americans have access to delivery to continue their food supply? Would a band of Asian-Americans shouting down and spitting on the model minority myth be allowed to have phone interviews and conversations with the media in the hopes of spreading their rhetoric worldwide? Would a posse of Black people survive loading up trucks full of weapons, driving over state lines, and march the streets armed to the teeth only to later set up camp on federal ground? Would a Latino organization get to go through negotiations if they openly declare they are willing to kill and die over their terrorism?
We all know the answers to these questions. It's not even debatable. Because these #VanillaISIS
bastards are white, it's OK for them to stay where they are, live, and hopefully regret this decision and go home. #YeahRight
At some point, I hope this debacle will wake people up and we have a real and open discussion about race in this country. Because if you don't see how race is indeed one of the issues shown in this case, you are most definitely a part of the problem.#MicDrop