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An interesting comparison: Bundy Ranch Vs. Ferguson, Missouri

August 16th, 2014 · 3 Comments

From the Daily Banter:

1) The Bundy Ranch: On one hand, a large group of armed white men marched in a line of battle while at least one civilian rifleman in a sniper’s perch trained his weapon at Bureau of Land Management officials. In reaction, the government didn’t fire a single round or canister of tear gas, and eventually retreated, conceding the disputed ground to the Bundy militias. It’s important to note that the protesters turned out in support of a man who refused to pay his taxes and grazed his cattle without paying the accompanying fees. This man, Cliven Bundy, and his supporters threatened secession and armed revolt against the United States goverment.

2) Ferguson, Missouri: On the other hand, unarmed African American protesters in Ferguson, enraged and grieving from the death of an (again) unarmed black man named Michael Brown who was shot in the back by a police officer, have been confronted for several days now by police in full military regalia. This time, the rifleman in the sniper’s perch is a police officer — his scope trained on the protesters.
In Ferguson, law enforcement is vastly overreacting in the face of peaceful protesters, while at the Bundy Ranch, law enforcement vastly underreacted in the face of armed secessionists and scofflaws.

Certainly looting and violence needs to be curtailed, but peaceful protesters have protected rights. And anyway, Bundy was “looting”, and continues to loot, a lot more value than anyone stole in Ferguson.

Tags: Opinion

3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Mom // Aug 16, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    In this country, over 140 years after the Emancipation Proclamation, there is still a world of difference between black and white.

  • 2 Mom // Aug 16, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    That should be “over 150 years”–I need Derek for advanced math figures like that!

  • 3 Don // Aug 22, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    In both cases the police overreacted. Against Bundy they used heavy tactics. I agree he was/is wrong but the way the feds went about it was viewed as bullying.

    In Ferguson the cops were too heavy handed too but it seems the actual criminal acts by the looters and rioters was a lot more than Bundy.

    But as usual when blacks perceive wrongdoing they end up looting the same stores they will want to shop in later and lowering the home values of the houses they may want to sell later.

    There tends to be too much of a victocrat mentality by many blacks.

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