The “Oregon Under Attack” situation rolls on, as the controversy continues to be compared to other uprisings comparing the races of the folks protesting, as reported by The Inquisitr. Seen in the above photo, Ryan Bundy — one of the “Oregon Under Attack” militants at the heart of the controversy — speaks on the phone near Burns, Oregon. The location is the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, which became command central for those folks occupying the area and calling for others to bring guns to the government location. In the below video, a clear call from the protesters telling others to bring their guns is heard.
“We need you to bring your arms.”
The video, as seen below on the Oregonian YouTube channel is titled “Militia members outline their plan” and comes courtesy of Sarah Dee Spurlock’s Facebook page. The original Facebook video has been deleted for some unknown reason from Facebook, and a search for Sarah’s name on Facebook turns up posts from people providing updates about the situation. Uploaded to YouTube on January 2, the copy of the video from the Oregonian is gaining views and plenty of reaction online.
“Militiamen discuss taking over the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge headquarters. Video courtesy of Sarah Dee Spurlock.”
For example, a post from Brennan Williams posted to Facebook about Oregon claims the men are heavily armed.
“Sarah Dee Spurlock, who posted that statement to Facebook, commented that the militia has removed the BLM signage and blocked the road with a truck. She also stated they are heavily armed.”
According to RT, three sons of the rancher Cliven Bundy, together with approximately 150 men, have taken over the headquarters at the federal Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.
The takeover of the wildlife refuge came after a rally was held for Dwight Hammond Jr. and Steven Hammond. The Bundy Family, as reported by ABC News, are defending the Hammonds — Harney County ranchers who are scheduled to be imprisoned on Monday on charges of arson. While the ranchers claim they were setting backfires in order to protect their property, authorities claimed they were hiding contraband. Either way, setting fires on the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (or BLM, as it is known) property was illegal, even though the U.S. Attorney’s Office says the Hammonds held grazing rights on land leased to the Hammonds.
As such, the Hammond brothers have vacated Oregon to report to San Pedro, California.
Meanwhile, not all Oregon ranchers are supporting Bundy’s schemes, as reported by CBS News. Neither do those people online who are voicing their reaction to the government’s thus-far seemingly light-handed, “let’s wait and see” approach to Bundy’s army of armed men. While Bundy supporters argue that the government shouldn’t stick its Big Brother nose into local matters, artists are using their gifts to display the disparity of authoritative reaction to Bundy and other protests that have involved minorities.
In the viral Yahoo article titled “This Comic Sums up the Double Standard Used to Excuse White Violence,” the work of Carlos Latuff is featured. With nearly 6,000 comments in the 5 hours since the Yahoo article was published, it is a piece gaining plenty of attention and feedback online. The tagline of the Yahoo article speaks to the differing reaction of authorities based upon race.
“When it happens to black people, they’re thugs who deserved it. When white people commit it, they’re gun-owning patriots.”
In the cartoon by Latuff, Tamir’s toy gun is being compared to the Oregon group’s real guns.
The latest updates on Twitter about Oregon show folks tweeting about why the so-dubbed militia men aren’t being called terrorists.
(AP Photo/Rebecca Boone)