By Alberto Pupo
Want to overthrow the government? Take the law into your own hands waltz into a Federal facility with no resistance? You can do this, if you are a true red blooded white male. The Oregon siege is currently a very quiet and natural embarrassment as a group of anti-government insurgents have simply taken over a federal facility. Meanwhile the Federal Government sits back because after all “they are just good ole boys never meaning no harm”. By contrast any group of non-white individuals would have been captured branded terrorists and sent to Guantanamo or to make matters easier simply shot on site. Does white privilege now allow for an individual to commit acts of domestic terrorism without legal consequence? We may have just hit a new low.
Since the beginning of 2016 the Bundy and company have been occupying a Federal facility, meanwhile the FBI has been trying not to rough them up or “prevent another Waco”. This sort of soft approach is in stark contrast to the manic hyperactive approach at a potential “ISIS cell” in the United States. If instead of armed white boys the FBI were presented with a group of Arab men holed up in a Federal facility the response would have been quick and brutal. This whole fear of another “Waco or Ruby Ridge” is nothing more than a veil code for white privilege.
It is 2016 why does this double standards still exist? Even with a Black President and African American head to the Department of Justice white terrorists are treated with kiddie gloves very gingerly and politely. A lot of this treatment is evident in how the Sheriffs in Oregon, would want to “sit down” and negotiate with Bundy’s warriors again this is a type of approach that only a white man would be able to get away with. When will white privilege ever end, the first step would be for Americans to admit there is such a thing. Double standards are anti Democracy. A double standard is nothing more than set of policies that apply to a certain group but not to another. It is discriminatory. Unfortunately when it comes to race in America double standards are still very much in effect. This is something that we as a Nation have to work on eradicating.