Many believe the Oregon militiamen who conducted an armed takeover of a wildlife refuge should be arrested immediately. But not CNN analyst Art Roderick.
According to Roderick, these armed to the teeth white dudes aren’t hurting anyone, so they need to be left alone.
Roderick said to CNN’s Brian Stelter:
“The last thing we need is some type of large confrontation because that’s when stuff goes bad. And I think in this particular instance, if we just wait them out, see what they’ve got to say, then eventually, they’re all going to go home.”
Stelter then reminded Roderick that many people have rightly pointed out that if these were not angry white guys but “Black Lives Matter protesters or if these were peaceful Muslim Americans [then] they would be treated very differently by law enforcement.”
“This is a very rural area. It is out in the middle of nowhere. What are they actually doing? They’re not destroying property, they’re not looting anything.”
“I mean, there’s a whole separate situation going on as to exactly why they’re there and that will be worked out through the legal process,” he continued. “But I think now that they’ve taken over this location out at the fish and wildlife, this brings in the federal side. And I know the federal government has learned over the years how to deal with these types of incidences.”
In other words, peaceful protests by black people exercising their First Amendment rights warrants a bunch of police in riot gear, but an armed takeover of a government facility by white folks warrants nothing. Good to know.
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