Sunday, January 31, 2016

Barry University Professor Links Oregon Standoff to "White Privilege"

Somehow Al Jazeera English has got me on their email list, and I just got this article dated January 5. It is written by some law professor at Barry University named Khaled A Beydoun. In this article, he describes how the protesters in the Oregon standoff have been treated with kid gloves. Why? White privilege. They are not Muslim, nor are they Arabs. Beytoun then goes on to link his theory with the Black Lives Matter movement and the shootings of Michael Brown and others.

 "Indeed, the images of police aggression against the protesters served as a lurid metaphor for the violent law enforcement inflicted on Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Sandra Bland, and the string of victims that gave rise to the protests."

I find it interesting that Beytoun is still invoking the ghosts of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and Sandra Bland. The first two cases were thoroughly investigated by grand juries while the third case is an apparent suicide (still under investigation). A law professor should know better than drag these cases up.

Of course, this article was written before police arrested several of the protesters/militiamen or whatever they are and killed one of them during a car stop.

So much for white privilege.

Frankly, I never condoned the takeover by these armed militiamen in Oregon. The two ranchers they were acting in defense of may have been royally railroaded by prosecutors, but that is no excuse for an armed takeover. In my mind it should not have been allowed to go on as long as it did, and the local inhabitants wanted those guys out of there.

But for this so-called law professor in Florida to try to weave this all into a big ball of wax linking it to white racism, Islamophobia and black oppression is disingenuous. He needs to go back to law school because with the evidence he has put forth he couldn't put a dog in the pound.

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"Release the hounds."

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