Back in 2014, Clive Bundy and a group of armed white militia members came head to head with federal agents on a Nevada ranch. Now, nearly two years have passed, and Bundy’s son, Ammon, has led a new group of militia to Malheur National Wildlife Refuge located in Oregon where the group has occupied the government building since Saturday.
According to NBC, the standoff came after protesters and militia members converged on the small town of Burns to show support for a pair of ranchers jailed on an arson conviction.
Twitter users pointed out the ridiculousness of the entire situation, reminding the public that if the militia members were Muslims, Black or Hispanic, the United States government would respond with haste. However, this event is another example of white privilege.
The media has not covered it the same way as other acts of terror in this country. Users used the hashtags #Yallqaeda, #OregonUnderAttack and #Yeehawd to point out the racial differences situations like the #OregonStandOff highlight in our pre-post-racial society. Here is some of the best Twitter had to offer.
— Benny (@BRios82) January 3, 2016
The national guard doesn't come for 150 armed terrorists but very eager to come for unarmed black protesters. Says a lot. #OregonUnderAttack
— PantheR (@____PantheR) January 3, 2016
American equations: White men who take over government buildings w/guns, preppd 4war, all 2 defend arsonists = peaceful patriots…(cont.)
— Tim Wise (@timjacobwise) January 3, 2016
100+ armed white guys take over a federal building but America is safe because we're keeping out the 5-year-old Syrian orphans
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) January 3, 2016
— Matt Osborne (@OsborneInk) January 4, 2016
— Spry Guy (@SpryGuy) January 3, 2016
— MADMOM (@madmommadmom) January 4, 2016
— Kimberly Brusk (@peaceforus4ever) January 3, 2016
— KHARY PENEBAKER (@kharyp) January 4, 2016
The National Guard is sent out for unarmed Blks. Yet this #OregonUnderAttack situation is treated like an episode of The Andy Griffith Show
— Tariq Nasheed (@tariqnasheed) January 3, 2016
— The Crisis Magazine (@thecrisismag) January 3, 2016
#OregonUnderAttack If it'd been muslims or blacks they'd have sent in National Guard. As it's white fascists, they're sending in Domino's.
— John Bull (@larrymeath) January 3, 2016