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Oregon Militiaman Has a Message for Black Lives Matter Protesters

Brandon Dowd at Malheur wildlife refuge on Saturday. (Sam Levin/The Guardian)

Brandon Dowd at Malheur wildlife refuge on Saturday. (Sam Levin/The Guardian)

Much has been written about law enforcement’s reluctance to arrest the mainly white group of armed militia men currently occupying the Malheur national wildlife refuge in Burns, Oregon.

Critics have said the response would have been different if Black men or Muslims had seized a government building. However, there is at least one Black man among the protesters. His name is Brandon Dowd, according to The Guardian, and he is encouraging more Black people to visit the protest to get a first-hand impression of what’s going on.

Dowd told The Guardian he was concerned about government overreach, especially when it came to land use.

“I just had enough of … seeing others being mistreated,” said Dowd, who was raised in Detroit. “I just felt like it was time for me to be a part of it.”

Although the Oregon protesters, who are occupying a federally owned building and illegally using government cars and computers, claim they are peaceful, they have been widely mocked in the media. When the militiamen asked for donations, some pranksters responded by sending them dildos, nail polish and glitter. However, Dowd says Black people could learn a lot from them.

“I would encourage more black people to come here to get educated,” Dowd said. “They could learn a lot being here and talking to these constitutional lawyers.”

Dowd advises Black Lives Matter to copy the militia movement’s playbook. He encouraged BLM activists to look into the grand jury model as a way of addressing grievances. Dowd claims the grand jury model allows citizens to unseat law enforcement officials who are not doing their job.

“Go to the sheriff in your county, and if he is corrupt, then you need to raise a grand jury on your own and outline the documentation of the wrongdoing,” he said. “This is what this is about – finding a better way of doing things.”

Dowd has expressed admiration for Cliven Bundy, a Nevada rancher who engaged in a 2014 standoff with the federal government, but he has remained silent about Bundy’s racist remarks. Bundy was first deemed a hero by the right-wing media, but they distanced themselves after he said Black people were better off under slavery. Dowd also hasn’t said anything about the social problems in Detroit.

Law enforcement officials have seemed reluctant to arrest the Oregon protesters, who have committed several crimes, but they may be waiting for the right time to apprehend them.

The Associated Press reported that Oregon State Police arrested Kenneth Medenbach for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle Friday. Medenbach was apprehended at a Burns grocery store while driving a government car stolen from the wildlife refuge.

So while Dowd is free to flout the law in Oregon, he might be awaiting a host of charges when he leaves the wildlife refuge or returns home.

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7 thoughts on “Oregon Militiaman Has a Message for Black Lives Matter Protesters

  1. Erik D Stock says:

    Hmm yes why haven't BLM activists thought to use a grand jury! I'm sure a grand jury could help by indicting corrupt cops and officials who… oh. nevermind

  2. Emily Wahl says:

    I don't know why Dowd is comfortable joining White Supremacists, and Ryan Payne, who said that slavery never existed in the U.S., or the son of a man who thinks he would be better off "picking cotton". He should be digusted and very afraid.

  3. Ben Weston says:

    This fool actually thinks that you can get a couple dozen friends together and just oust law enforcement or the local government if you're not satasfied? Really??

  4. Chas Holman says:

    Basically they are operating their animals on Federal land, much the way many poor folks are subsidized to live in Federal Housing. And you agree to follow rules, and if you don't or can not follow the rules, you get evicted.

    It is pretty simple. Sounds like it is time to evict a whole lot of freeloaders.

    I have to admit, I haven't eaten meat in over 40 years, and so many of the folks in Oregon don't eat meat either.. These folks sound, to a person like me, the WORST KIND of self serving freeloaders.

    Ammon Bundy just secured a 525k FEDERAL Loan a few months back.. And he has the audacity to complain against the Federal Government (which is you and I) .. These folks will likely complain when they are hung with a NEW rope.

    One thing is certain, the more these attention seekers act like the spoiled toddlers they were obviously raised to be, the more they are reminding Americans just what deadbeats some of these folks are. Who cares about your filthy cattle? If you can't follow the rules, get off the land and BUY your own and quit using OURS if you can't follow the rules..

  5. Bob Palmer says:

    You posting garbage on this garbage article is so appropriate. Do spam bots get irony?

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