Am I kind of racist for thinking that my sociology elective is the biggest. fucking. most unproductive. waste of shitty-fucking time. EVER? Please, keep in mind, I am an EE major. Fuck this stupid fucking rip-off fucking class.
Dogg, if you’re going to spend the rest of your life doing electrical engineering, you shouldn’t be allowed to graduate until you can demonstrate that you can see the world through the lens of something other than the white male lens. Don’t worry, asshole, you’ll be back cloistered away with your white dudes soon enough.
One thing that I’m hearing a lot is the comparison between the heavy-handed overly militarized response in Ferguson vs. the hand-off “let’s cool things down” response to the Bundy Ranch fiasco. It’s a valid point, and I think the contrast between the way authorities and the media treat armed whites vs. unarmed non-whites is telling.
That said, I think people miss the point, at least slightly. The toned-down response at Bundy Ranch was shaped by the tragedies at Ruby Ridge and the Branch Davidian compound in Waco. Different situations, different stories, but in both instances federal authorities boxed people in and continued raising the confrontational stakes, sharpening the conflict and heating the situation until no peaceful option remained.
All those dead kids in Waco were supposed to teach us a lesson (it was the same lesson we were supposed to learn from all those dead kids in Iraq and Vietnam, by the way, but this time it was on American soil): It’s hard to convince someone you’re there to save them when you’re pointing a rifle and threatening to kill them.
The approach at Bundy Ranch seemed to reflect this learning. Why escalate tension and raise the stakes if we really don’t want bloodshed?
In Ferguson, though, that lesson seems to have been lost. Those SWAT team snipers training their scopes on protesters - what is your end-game? How do you see this playing out?
It’s racist, ok, but how, exactly? Is it that they don’t think this community will fight back the way an armed compound of white supremacists will? Is it that, even if their overly confrontational approach leads to more bloodshed, they think the world won’t care, or that the authorities’ side of the story will be the only one that gets aired? Are they right?