Oregon terrorists reap benefits of White privilege

Ammon Edward Bundy, age 40, of Emmett, Idaho, Ryan C. Bundy, age 43, of Bunkerville, Nevada, Brian Cavalier, age 44, of Bunkerville, Nevada, Shawna Cox, age 59, Kanab, Utah and Ryan Waylen Payne, age 32, and Joseph Donald O’Shaughnessy, age 45, Cottonwood, Arizona. (Image Source: Oregon State Police)
Ammon Edward Bundy, 40, of Emmett, Idaho; Ryan C. Bundy, 43, of Bunkerville, Nevada; Brian Cavalier, age 44, of Bunkerville, Nevada; Shawna Cox, 59, Kanab, Utah; and Ryan Waylen Payne, 32;and Joseph Donald O’Shaughnessy, 45, Cottonwood, Arizona. (Image Source: Oregon State Police)

Once again law enforcement is extending unprecedented privilege to the White militia terrorists who took over the Malheur Wildlife Refuge in Oregon. The group engaged in a standoff with law enforcement for over 32 days, threatening violence if anyone attempted to remove them from the building. During this time members of the group were allowed access to mail, social media and were allowed to travel unmolested into surrounding communities. The standoff ended last month when the group was on its way to a rally and was stopped at a roadblock by the FBI and Oregon State Police. During the event one terrorist, LaVoy Finicum, was shot and killed by law enforcement when he reached for a weapon. Another terrorist, Ryan Bundy, was also shot by police but his wounds were not life-threatening.

Yesterday, the federal government unsealed indictments on 16 members of the White militia terrorist group. According to the indictment, the group is being charged with “overt acts” against the government, including “extreme civil unrest” as well as attempting to “intimidate and coerce” the population of the area.

All of these actions have resulted in a broad conspiracy indictment, however, despite their obviously terrorist actions they are still not being called terrorists by the government or mainstream White media. The group only faces up to six years in prison if convicted for their actions rather than the possibility of charges under the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996. At this time, law enforcement states there are still possibly five more militia members occupying the nature refuge. These militia members are demanding that they be granted immunity from prosecution and allowed to leave peaceably.

Mo Barnes
Mo Barnes

Maurice "Mo" Barnes is a graduate of Morehouse College and Political Scientist based in Atlanta. Mo is also a Blues musician. He has been writing for Rolling Out since 2014. Whether it means walking through a bloody police shooting to help a family find justice or showing the multifaceted talent of the Black Diaspora I write the news.



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