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Sheriff David Clarke, the ‘Uncle Ruckus’ of the RNC

Sheriff David Clarke and "Boondocks" character Uncle Ruckus ("No relation) /(Photo Credit: Twitter/@SheriffClarke and Facebook/The Boondocks)

Sheriff David Clarke and “Boondocks” character Uncle Ruckus (“No relation) /(Photo Credit: Twitter/@SheriffClarke and Facebook/The Boondocks)

Since the death of Mike Brown in Ferguson, Missouri in 2014, Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke has been critical of any protest against police abuse. Sheriff Clark has been a regular guest on the Fox News channel as he dismisses the peaceful protests of the Black Lives Matter movement as being criminal and its members terrorists. His statements seem to bring to life the hateful words of the “Boondocks” cartoon character Uncle Ruckus when it comes to Black people. On the hit Adult Swim show, there is an episode where Uncle Ruckus is shot at 118 times and beaten by the police. However, Ruckus settles his case by being made a part of the force. When he is made an officer, he promises to “beat every black person he sees with extreme prejudice.” Although Sheriff Clarke has not physically beaten any Black person with extreme prejudice, his words have hurt the Black community with extreme prejudice.

Early Monday, he appeared on CNN for an interview with host Don Lemon, where he once again repeated his assertions in a bitter tirade. Lemon started off the interview by stating police in Louisiana wanted to preach peace and togetherness after the shootings. Clarke looked at Lemon incredulously and stated that he didn’t believe that and that Black Lives Matter are fueling hate against law enforcement. Lemon tried to remain professional and objected to Clarke painting the BLM activists as being part of a hateful ideology. Clarke responded by saying, “I’m looking at three dead cops this week and I am looking at five last week. You’re trying to tell me to keep it down?” Instead of answering any of the CNN host’s questions, he became combative and instead began to attack Lemon with questions unrelated to the matter at hand. Lemon was forced to go to break as he asked, “Are you going to answer any questions?” and ended the interview.

Last night, Clarke addressed the crowd at the Republican National Convention and got a standing ovation when he started off by saying, “Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to make something very clear, blue lives matter in America.” Clarke celebrated the acquittal of Baltimore Police Lt. Brian Rice in his role in the death of Freddie Gray. He went on to attack the character of Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, calling her an activist who engaged in malicious actions. But Clarke was not finished; as the crowd became excited he said, “What we witnessed in Baltimore and Ferguson and Baton Rouge was a collapse of the social order… So many of the actions of the Occupy movement and Black Lives Matter transcend peaceful protest and violates the code of conduct we rely on. I call it anarchy.”

Clarke has stated repeatedly that the death of Mike Brown, Eric Garner and other Blacks in the news since 2014 have not been the fault of the police but rather the victim. Clarke is the type of Black cop a Black person should fear; it seems he is willing to excuse and allow police to be judge, jury and executioner of anyone Black he deems has transgressed in the eyes of law enforcement. His statements indicate that for him it is unfathomable that a police officer can do any wrong. He states that peaceful Black protestors are terrorists and not above the law and yet in his world it is police officers who are in fact above the law. Black men like Clarke have been used as puppets for right-wing Republican ideologues since the death of Mike Brown and it represents the continued devaluation of Black life by other Blacks. Clarke’s views and statements are just as vile and damaging to the Black struggle as the careless bullets that cut down Black victims in cities such as Chicago. It is indeed frightening that Clarke is not only aware of the impact of his words but also seems to take delight in calling for the further oppression of Black protestors and the Black community.


  1. Sol Rothstein on July 19, 2016 at 12:49 pm

    Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke is not a COON…he just has a different opinion…

    He is not UNCLE RUCKUS…he is a Sheriff, doing his JOB…

    Put some respect on that TITLE !!!

    Mo Barnes, you are too good of a JOURNALIST to say this or write this.

    • RollingMo on July 19, 2016 at 10:26 pm

      You tell me to respect him when he misrepresents and disrespects my people. Your delusional. My points are all valid.

      • Sol Rothstein on July 20, 2016 at 10:02 am

        Not disagreeing with your points and they maybe valid. But the Sheriff is not incorrect in his assessment of — BLACK AMERICA.

        He is right.

        • Roland Cuthbert on July 24, 2016 at 3:30 pm

          No, he is absolutely wrong. And any notion that BLM is creating anarchy is ridiculous. Without a movement to peacefully address this issue of police brutality what do you think will happen?

          It is just a weird ideology that racists and sellouts have. We are not going away. And the only way through this is by talking about it in a way that leads to solutions.

          Clarke like you, have no solutions. You want “Black” people to be quiet.

          That is not in our DNA.

    • Yada Emeth on August 16, 2016 at 4:02 am

      This comment coming from a Jew (Sol Rothstein) really..stay out of African Americans business, Jews have enough to contend with…stay in your lane.

  2. guest on July 19, 2016 at 3:05 pm

    lol I miss The Boondocks.

  3. DH on July 20, 2016 at 9:01 am

    Uncle Ruckus…YEP…that fits…ROFL. Does he have a white wife…I didn’t go there…did I?

    • Roland Cuthbert on July 24, 2016 at 3:31 pm

      not all “black” people with “white” spouses are sellouts. . .

      But that was funny!


      • DH on July 24, 2016 at 8:40 pm

        Yep…I agree. I just could not help myself. I figure he has one that looks like Clarence Thomas’ wifey…woof.

        • Roland Cuthbert on July 24, 2016 at 8:42 pm

          Aw come on, she ain’t Anita Hill. . .but she isn’t horrible looking.

          But you can see why good ole’ Clarence was hitting on Ms. Hill.

  4. guest on July 21, 2016 at 9:24 am

    Notice that you never see this man out of uniform. I suspect he wears it all the time when not on duty. Why? Could it be because he knows without it he would be subjected to the same treatment he so vehemently denies exist?

    • Paul Duca on July 23, 2016 at 10:07 pm

      Why do you think the only union in Wisconsin Scott Walker doesn’t go after is for the police?
      Clarke is his ally to assure the white people “we” are keeping “them” in their place…

  5. Yada Emeth on August 16, 2016 at 4:14 am

    This article is totally correct GOP/Republicans/Conservatives have always found a African American that would speak out against their people best interest, they use them to trash their own people, Sheriff David Clarke is elected by Democrats but is really a Republican with a WHITE WIFE..a complete sellout…sold his soul for white gold…another Allen West.

  6. [email protected] on November 14, 2016 at 9:41 pm

    The Blue Lives Matter is so ignorant.A person is not born blue and makes a decision to be law enforcement. Being born black is not a choice… Both killings are wrong. All lives mattet