For the decent people of the world, the non-indictment of Darren Wilson last night has led to a lot of soul searching. Racism in America was put on trial and essentially acquitted as a result of the non-indictment, and it doesn’t take a third eye to see that. It does, however, take basic humanity and good sense, something that far too often is absent on the political right.
Whether it’s lynching Michael Brown for doing the same thing (supposedly) that they lauded Cliven Bundy for, or telling liberals to just accept the indictment while preparing to launch the 9th investigation into Benghazi because the first eight didn’t tell them what they wanted to hear, the right has embraced this acquittal of racism with unenviable passion.
And that’s no more obvious than with potential 2016 contender Mike Huckabee, who compared the Ferguson protesters to white supremacists that murdered black people.
Posting on his blog Monday, Huckabee accused the Ferguson protesters of turning into a “lynch mob.” But not just any lynch mob — no, a lynch mob that reminded Huckabee of the white supremacists that murdered civil rights activist Medgar Evers in Mississippi. He began by noting that “some of the protesters” reminded him of “historic figures,” but “not the ones they think.”
He added that the purpose of grand juries as to “uncover the truth.” No, the purpose of the grand jury isn’t to “uncover the truth,” it’s to determine whether or not there’s enough evidence for a case to go trial, where the situation can be assessed in a court of law and the accused determined to be “guilty” or “not guilty” based on the evidence presented. The non-indictment speaks to the unsurprisingly idea that a jury of mostly white citizens is going to be incapable of sympathizing with a black teenager over a white man. The non-indictment doesn’t say anything at all about a “truth,” other than reaffirming that the existing permission for police to gun down black men carte blanche.
So I guess it does reaffirm a truth, but not the one Huckabee thinks.
Huckabee notes that he’s “old enough to have seen this mob justice mind set before.” I should hope so, the Tea Party isn’t that old and “mob justice” has been the right-wing watchword since Cliven Bundy hit the scene. What makes Huckabee think that racism is in the past and the lynch mobs are a thing of history? The Republican Party has been a lynch mob ever since Obama got elected in 2008. It’s only gotten worse with each passing year.
He concluded with “you don’t see any monuments to Bull Connor or the killers of Medgar Evers,” and that “everyone has the right to protest . . . but you don’t have the right to become so inflamed that you embrace the very injustice you’re protesting.”
This man is a potential Republican contender for 2016. We’re in for a rocky ride.
h/t Addicting Info