White Supremacy Reigns

“Open carry is open carry,”
said a member of Oath Keepers
defending his right to be armed
among Ferguson protesters.

Radical, self-titled, armed Oath Keepers have descended on Ferguson, Missouri, following unrest there upon the one-year anniversary of the killing Michael Brown. This fringe “patriot” group abides by its vow to disobey “unconstitutional” orders from what they view as an increasingly tyrannical government.

What makes this so extraordinary and difficult to grasp is the reaction of the police to this invasion by 2nd Amendment fanatics: nada, nothing. St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar described their presence as “both unnecessary and inflammatory,” but no other action has yet taken place.

Screen Shot 2015-08-11 at 3.34.26 PMAs a black protester, a resident of Ferguson, tweeted, he couldn’t strap a toy gun to his leg, with the implied risk of being arrested, or worse, shot by police, for doing this.

This puts our culture of rampant white supremacy fully on display, and makes me want to scream! I hope I can update this horrible development with something positive. Until then, I remain very sad that white supremacy is so imbedded in our culture that police will not confront armed citizens inciting fear and hatred in an already agitated local populace.



Alison Gardner