If the Oregon militiamen were Muslim or pitch-black, they’d perhaps be dead by now | Wajahat Ali
Extremism comes in different complexions, ethnicities, whiskers and head coverings which is why racial profiling cannot protect us from all extremist violence
If, in a vacuum, I told you that a bearded male with his head treated had posted a video on social media announcing on his partisans to leave their homes with weapons, move to a brand-new neighborhood, take over authority owned as long as necessary and use savagery if confronted by law enforcement, youd possibly assume that I was talking about the most recent information video released after Isis, filmed in Iraq or Syria and intended to draft brutal Muslim extremists.
But that exact announce was lately issued on Facebook by white-hot rancher Ammon Bundy, the son of Cliven Bundy who also engaged in an armed stalemate with law enforcement in 2014 and which is now owes the governmental forces more than$ 1m in fees. The younger Bundys goal this time was to encourage his fellow American patriots to take up arms against the US government in declaration of the arson convictions of ranchers Dwight Hammond Jr and his son, Steven.
But, dont perturb America: he promised everyone that we are not terrorists. What a relief.
Of course theyre not terrorists: Bundy and his partisans are just your median angry white-hot freedom fighter, who use weapons and ammunition to protect the US constitution and American significances from the government and other Americans who want them to abide by federal laws like everyone else.
But if Bundy and his partisans were like the 38% of Americans who arent white-hot, people across America wouldnt be watching this surreal, hazardous episode unfold and pondering what they could do to be labeled a militia when occupying a federal neighborhood with firearms instead of terrorists, punks, radicals or gangs.
If one black male harbouring a plastic plaything grease-gun even moved in future directions of a federal building, let alone with 150 other black boys all harbouring loaded rifles, hed be shot dead by law enforcement , no questions asked. If 15 Muslims occupied a 7-Eleven with BB guns and masala Slurpees, federal law enforcement would probably roll up with six MRAPs and immediately take everyone out Waco-style( but without a congressional investigation ).