Black lives do not matter to police in Ferguson

Black lives do not matter to police in Ferguson. We can infer that from their reaction to the presence of armed Oath Keepers.

Who are the Oath Keepers and what are they doing in Ferguson?

Wikipedia tells us who they are.

Oath Keepers is an American nonprofit organization that advocates that its members (current and former U.S. military and law enforcement) disobey any orders that they are given if they believe they violate the Constitution of the United States.

The Oath Keepers were founded on March 2009 by Stewart Rhodes and incorporated in Las Vegas, Nevada as a non-profit corporation. Rhodes is a Yale Law School graduate, a former US Army paratrooper, and a former staffer of Congressman Ron Paul. The Oath Keepers as a group have grown to include chapters in many states across America.

What oath do they take? It’s the enlistment oath administered to every person who enlists in the military, plus a caveat.

“I, (state name of enlistee), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.”

The caveat is a promise “to disobey unconstitutional orders,” that functions as a right-wing-wacko magnet attracting Birthers, Truthers, all manner of Obama haters, self-described patriots and an assortment of conspiracy theorists who fear that the government is going to declare martial law, confiscate their guns and imprison them in FEMA trailer camps.

In her article titled, Oath Keepers and the Age of Treason, (Mother Jones March/April  2010, Justine Sharrock wrote,

 It is easy enough to dismiss the Oath Keepers as (in the words of Britain’s Independent) “right-wing crackpots” or “extremist nimrods” (Huffington Post). CNN stressed the group’s conspiracy theories in its series on militias. But beyond the predictable stereotypes, “the reality is a lot of them are fairly intelligent, well-educated people who have complex worldviews that are thoroughly thought out,” says author David Neiwert, who has been following the patriot movement closely since the ’90s.

Rhodes’ vision is simple—”It’s the Constitution, stupid.” He views the founding blueprint the way fundamentalist Christians view the Bible. In Rhodes’ America, sovereign states—”like little labs of freedom”—would have their own militias and zero gun restrictions. He would limit federal power to what’s stated explicitly in the Constitution and Bill of Rights; any new federal law affecting the states would require a constitutional amendment. “If your state goes retarded,” he says, “you can move to another state and vote with your feet.” The president would be stripped of emergency powers that allow him to seize property, restrict travel, institute martial law, and otherwise (as the Congressional Research Service has put it) “control the lives of United States citizens.” The Constitution, Rhodes explains, “was created to check us in times of emergency when we are freaking out.”

What are the Oath Keepers doing in Ferguson? Here’s Wikipedia again,

During the Ferguson unrest of 2014, the Oath Keepers arrived days after the start of the riots to protect local business and residents. A member’s comments on the situation are as follows: “We thought they were going to do it right this time,” Rhodes said of government response to the grand jury decision released Monday in the Michael Brown case. “But when Monday rolled around and they didn’t park the National Guard at these businesses, that’s when we said we have got to do something.”

They offer the same explanation this time.

However, a rose is a rose is a rose and even though Missouri is an open-carry state, I’m seeing a bunch of scary looking white guys carrying assault rifles wearing camo and bullet-proof vests . Can you spell V I G I L A N T E?

St.Louis Chief of Police John Belnar said their presence is “both unnecessary and inflammatory,” but they are still there even though the governor has placed Ferguson under a state of emergency.

I believe the police allow them to remain because the Oath Keepers are white and regarded as allies against a sinister black horde.

Time for a rhetorical question: What do you think would happen, if the Oath Keepers were black?

One thing is clear: Black Lives Do Not Matter to local and state officials and that is why the protests will continue.

10 Responses to Black lives do not matter to police in Ferguson

  1. Ask Cara says:

    If these oath keepers were black, they’d be shot.

    • Absolutely true, I think. Despite what they say, I believe they are there to kill black “troublemakers.” I think it’s outrageous that the cops have allowed them to remain there.

      • Ask Cara says:

        Well, I don’t think there’s much the cops can do to them since they have the open carry law there. The oath keepers would have to start some trouble first. By then, it could be too late. This is why open carry is ridiculous.

        • Malisha says:

          Open carry would be OK if anybody at all were permitted to defend themselves, immediately and using lethal force, any time a person carrying gave them “fear for their own safety” the same as Fogen had fear when he saw Trayvon Martin walking along in “his” gated community in Sanford, FL. That way, if I saw an open carry person within bullet range of me, and I felt afraid, I’d be entitled to legally kill him (or her) and open carry would make sense to me then.

        • I disagree. Given the state of emergency that has been declared, I believe the police have the authority to order them to leave the area. I don’t believe they have the will to do that because I think they identify with the Oath Keepers. Some of the cops may secretly belong to the organization and or know some of its members who are present.

          • Ask Cara says:

            I don’t trust any of them (oath keepers). They shouldn’t be there. I bet they have ties to white supremacy groups. They remind me of those silly civilians who showed up armed at the military recruiting places after what happened in TN.

          • Professor, I think your assessment of the situation is accurate.

  2. Totally agree Professor. They should be ordered to pack it up, and get lost. Unbelievable. Breaking news, the rookie cop in Arlington Texas has been fired, and a grand jury will be impaneled. He lied about the assault. Christian was never closer than 7 to 10 feet of miller, and he did not follow instructions, which was to be a part of the perimeter. He is using the worn out, ” fear for my life” excuse. Christian’ s only weapons were his black skin, cell phone, and wallet.

  3. Two sides to a story says:

    Indeed. And the protests SHOULD continue.

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