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Radical Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib delivered a racially charged Twitter rant on Thursday in response to armed protesters swarming the state capitol in defense of their constitutionally guaranteed right to live, earn a living and take care of their families.
Instead of focusing on the purpose of the protest, which was to challenge Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s controversial decision to extend the state’s economically devastating and arguably tyrannical stay-at-home order by 28 days, Tlaib latched on to the race of the protesters.
Part of the protest can be watched below:
Protest moves inside Michigan Capitol. Crowd attempts to get onto Hoise floor. Lots of Michigan State Police and House sergeants at arms blocking door. pic.twitter.com/4FNQpimP4W
— Rod Meloni (@RodMeloni) April 30, 2020
Here’s how Tlaib responded:
Black people get executed by police for just existing, while white people dressed like militia members carrying assault weapons are allowed to threaten State Legislators and staff.
📣Our gun laws are so broken. https://t.co/w6Vw97kTV9
— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) April 30, 2020
No, they would not have gotten away with this kind of intentional threat to people’s lives. https://t.co/f84KJaAZIs
— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) April 30, 2020
To hear her tell it, there’s some sort of equivalence between the criminal suspects who are sometimes justifiably gunned down by the police for resisting arrest (or outright attacking the cops) and the working-class Michiganders protesting on behalf of their rights.
In other words, the decision by local authorities to not open fire on the protesters as they practiced their absolute right to protest while bearing arms (as guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution) somehow proves that racism is alive and well in America.
She’s not the only one who feels this way. As footage of the protests went viral, so did the racially charged hashtag #whiteprivilege and false equivalences between the protesters in Michigan and the entitled multimillionaire NFL athletes who’d protested on behalf of criminals a couple of years back.
Some also tried to draw a false equivalence between the peaceful protesters in Michigan and the demonstrably violent protesters in Mississippi who four years ago tore up the city of Ferguson on behalf of Mike Brown, a criminal suspect who’d been justifiably gunned down after he attacked a St. Louis police officer.
— SussexStories (@Evefontenot1) May 1, 2020
The police response when black people protest
— JRehling (@JRehling) May 1, 2020
This is inside the Michigan State Capitol at the doorway to the Legislative Chamber today April 30, 2020. Now, do you think African Americans, Latinos or anyone who had a deep spray-on tan could have made it this far inside alive while armed like this? #COVID19 #WhitePrivilege pic.twitter.com/7Zhbi6l3lc
— rootwoman123 (@rootwoman123) May 1, 2020
as a michigan citzen i am disgusted with the #whiteprivilege in our community imagine any other race with any color doing what the #MichiganTerrorists did and there would be dead people, cut your own hair and fight for something that actually matters. pic.twitter.com/cSEbzXtPxV
— Jolie (@Jolie_Buschlen) May 1, 2020
Why are these Michigan TERRORISTS not arrested??
What is wrong with our system that #whiteprivilege is a TERRORIST GET OUT OF JAIL FREE CARD, putting our elected officials at risk.
HEADS SHOULD ROLL OVER THIS. They should be in prison for life.
— K. Sennholz MD (@MtnMD) May 1, 2020
If the protesters in Michigan had been black, it would have been a completely different story. Black people have been shot, killed, and attested for far less. #whiteprivilege
— Bethany Ruiz (@LetsSayUnusual) May 1, 2020
#WhitePrivilege will last as long as only white trash are willing to shoot first.
When white supremacists like those in Michigan can get away with storming government buildings while armed, the answer is to stop considering them fellow citizens, and shoot first.
— Ayroma (@Ayroma2) May 1, 2020
Can anyone imagine what would have happened if the Black people of Flint, Michigan had stormed the Michigan State House in this same manner over the Flint water crisis? #whiteprivilege
— Professor Medley (@ProfessorMedley) May 1, 2020
#MichiganTerrorists are the MAGA brownshirts of a fascist regime. It’s on us to drive this fascism out from the white house and the streets through sustained, non-violent action. Join us on May 1 to take a stand for humanity. https://t.co/8ZWBClpX63
— Coco Das Trump Pence #OutNow! (@coco_das) April 30, 2020
Note how these left-wing zealots chose to describe the protesters in Michigan as “white supremacists,” “terrorists” and “brownshirts.”
This irrational belief that the folks fighting for their rights are the brownshirts is likely a product of these left-winger’s over-consumption of left-wing propaganda.
In a blog post published Thursday, Rolling Stone contributing editor Matt Taibbi noted that an increasing number of demonstrably left-wing outlets have in recent years been promoting the very sorts of behavior that are innate to actual brownshirts, fascists, Marxists, Stalinists, Nazis, whatever you want to call them.
“Earlier this week, Atlantic magazine – fast becoming the favored media outlet for self-styled intellectual elites of the Aspen Institute type – ran an in-depth article of the problems free speech pose to American society in the coronavirus era,” he wrote.
Though The Atlantic wasn’t the first to attack free speech:
I hope people are paying attention to what’s happening in the American media right now pic.twitter.com/OmQxc5MZmQ
— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) April 29, 2020
“This interesting take on the First Amendment was the latest in a line of ‘Let’s rethink that whole democracy thing’ pieces that began sprouting up in earnest four years ago,” Taibbi continued.
“Articles with headlines like ‘Democracies end when they become too democratic’ and ‘Too much of a good thing: why we need less democracy’ became common after two events in particular: Donald Trump’s victory in the Republican primary race, and the decision by British voters to opt out of the EU, i.e. ‘Brexit.'”
For some inexplicable reason, the rise of liberty-minded populism has inspired some members of the media (and thus their loyal readers as well) to embrace the tenets of actual authoritarianism.
And as it stands, the people who’ve embraced actual authoritarianism have clearly become so blind to reality that they think that protesting on behalf of actual constitutionally guaranteed rights makes one a “brownshirt.”
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