Courtland Milloy posed an interesting question in today’s Washington Post… What would the response of government and citizenry have been if the armed militia movement we’re seeing spread across America had been almost exclusively black, instead of white? Here’s a clip:
Imagine that the inauguration of President George W. Bush had sparked an explosive rise in African American militia groups. Suppose thousands of heavily armed black men began gathering at training camps in wooded areas throughout the country, devising military tactics for “taking back their country” after what they believed was an electoral coup.
…”If the people we saw running around armed to the teeth were black, I think their organizations would be destroyed in a matter of hours,” Mark Potok, director of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Project, told me. “If people saw on their TV screens photos of black militia members shooting at images of a white president, I don’t think they would last”…
I’m curious to know what you think… Judging solely from Glenn Beck’s relatively recent hysteria upon seeing a black dance troupe train in a military-like fashion, I’m likely to agree with Milloy.
Oh, and while we’re on the subject of double standards, how about the fact that our government compelled BP put $20 billion in escrow to cover the damages resulting from their Deepwater Horizon catastrophe, but has still to do anything significant about the Bhopal disaster, which left over 15,000 dead in India in 1984?
And, speaking of the BP mess in the Gulf, did you happen to hear that Martin Feldman, the judge who yesterday ruled against the Obama administration’s temporary ban on off-shore drilling, owns a considerable amount of stock in companies like Transocean and Halliburton, that are directly tied this disaster?
Good work, America.