The Oregon standoff has me confused and enraged.
Confused by the background:
In 1993, Ammon Bundy refused to renew his permit for cattle grazing by protesting against regulations under the Federal Bureau of Land Management that stated he was not allowed to do such a thing on public property. Bundy continued grazing cattle on public lands, for years, and for that reason accrued over $1 million dollars in fines.
In 1998, a judgment against Bundy included payment of fines and removal of his cattle. Nevertheless, Bundy remained on civic property – for six additional years! In 2014, a judgment against Bundy was made – again – and he was ordered to immediately remove the cows.
Three weeks ago – January 2016 – the government finally rounded up the cattle for removal; however, Bundy and his white supporters showed up, armed, ready for battle against the federal authorities.
Bundy said: “We’re about ready to take the country over with force!”
That statement itself could be considered a threat against the country or in other words….dare I say it…terroristic behavior.
According to press, explicit language was said directly in the officials’ faces. Weapons were openly pointed at the authorities.
What did the federal police do? Release the cattle and left Bundy and his wild-wild-west gang alone.
I am enraged because….
Even though, the authorities were verbally and physically assaulted by armed assailants, no charges or repercussions were brought against Bundy or his supporters.
Flash to current Black America…In 2015 alone, the U.S. Census Mapping Police Violence statistics states that police have “killed more than 102 unarmed Black people in 2015, more than any other race.” The most disheartening to me was 12-year-old Tamir Rice, shot because he had a toy gun and the cop “feared for his life.”
I’m not sure why the officer “feared for his life,” especially when he jumped out of his vehicle – guns blazing- while the young BOY was turned in another direction; no questions asked.
Yet, armed white MEN can directly point actual guns – at Federal, not local – but Federal authorities, and not feel threatened!?!
It is blatant case of selective privilege for whites.
Yet, white America wonders why we constantly shout “Black Lives Matter.”
I get that all lives matter. But, at this point, the only ones that are becoming extinct are – Black Lives.
And that is a Matter of fact!
Kym B. is an International Policy Analyst and she owns a clothing design boutique with her daughter. Follow her on Twitter@AlwaysRich777
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