If you haven't heard already, the Bundy brothers and their merry band of pissed off militiamen have been occupying a federal wildlife reserve building in Oregon.
They are pushing on day four, and the county sheriff in the Harney County area can manage to say is:
"OK guys, we hear you, but can you leave, please?"
They've even told law enforcement officers to keep this 'peaceful' and federal law enforcement officers "have kept their distance from the wildlife refuge, which is closed to visitors." No, unfortunately this is not a joke.
And I was really hoping that this was a joke, you know since white privilege is TOTALLY NOT a thing.
Mainstream culture is still very biased and in favor of the "rugged individual", or the "rebels of America" who won't let the government interfere with their rights as an individual (cc: anti-gun control advocate who own, like, 80 assault rifles). They're also the kinds of people who probably have this flag on the roof of their car:
What's 'rugged individualism'?
This rhetoric is what brought down Hoover even after his successful campaign in the late 1920s. When the U.S. was faced with economic turmoil, which is commonly known as The Great Depression, Hoover was still like, "NAAAW, I'm not going to do nothing, the economy is gonna fix itself".
*cues Dust Bowl, and photos of white economic hardship*
But this idea of the "rugged individual", the man who can conquer it all to achieve success still exist in our media today.
What makes a person a thug? No, really.
1. They're not leaving until their demands have been met.
2. They will use violence if they need to.
And yet, no report I've read or watch during this ordeal have opted to identify these militiamen as 'thugs', the favorite go to word for media people when Brown and Black people protest. Not once has this protest been identified as a riot, although the men are armed, and both local and federal police are too intimidated to intervene.
Yet during the Ferguson protest last year, there was tear gas, there was a curfew imposed, and many other oppressive and racist actions taken place to what was a justified and rightful protest. Did it get out of hand? Of course, but the FBI & local law enforcement officers never gathered to come up with 'peaceful means to end the violence'. Not NEVER.
Their cause is "to restore and defend the Constitution, to protect the rights of ranchers, and start a national debate about states' rights and federal land-use policy that [they] hope will force the federal government to release tracts of Western land."
Their not protect the interest of their community, they're protecting the interest of themselves. They initially were protesting for the Hammonds, but now all of a sudden their real agenda is out. Puuuleaase. That land doesn't even belong to ranchers, or the federal government for that matter. Burns, Oregon was originally land belonging to the Wadatika band of the Paiute Indians, who now occupy just a small fraction on a reservation.
The media could miss me with the b/s. The FBI & law enforcement can miss me 2x with the b/s.
There's a double standard between people of color protesters, and white protesters clearly, and it's heartbreaking to see it so blatantly in our face.