In an article about the murder of Michael Brown by police in Ferguson, MO, Greg Howard has just set the Internet a blaze. In one paragraph he shows us how un-seriously law enforcement views the open carry gun rights activists who go into Starbucks, Target, Chipotle and other retail/food establishments.
In fact there is something that truly creates fear in the hearts of police departments everywhere in the United States, and that is simply people of color.
As Howard writes:
To ascribe this entirely to contempt for black men is to miss an essential variable, though—a very real, American fear of them. They—we—are inexplicably seen as a millions-strong army of potential killers, capable and cold enough that any single one could be a threat to a trained police officer in a bulletproof vest. There are reasons why white gun’s rights activists can walk into a Chipotle restaurant with assault rifles and be seen as gauche nuisances while unarmed black men are killed for reaching for their wallets or cell phones, or carrying children’s toys. Guns aren’t for black people, either.
Unless you are a open carry gun rights activist that has some tie to a white supremacist group or a militia that the Department of Homeland security is monitoring; I actually say this is pretty much a legitimate statement. Gun rights activists are nuisances while a black kid with a toy gun in Wal-Mart or is a threat. Howard’s piece is excellent and I highly recommend reading it all the way through, as he touches on not only the race issue but the militarization of police departments everywhere.