A Missouri Republican named Matt Wills bemoaned the fact that people were making race the issue with the situation in Ferguson. Wills is so upset about it, in fact, that he told Breitbart he thought it was disgusting and inappropriate that liberal organizers had set up voter registration booths near the place where Michael Brown was killed. Missouri RNC official Matt Wills said:
“If that’s not fanning the political flames, I don’t know what is. I think it’s not only disgusting but completely inappropriate.
This is not just a tragedy for the African American community this is a tragedy for the Missouri community as well as the community of what we call America. Injecting race into this conversation and into this tragedy, not only is not helpful, but it doesn’t help a continued conversation of justice and peace.”
It is a tragedy for the black community, and for the United States. That’s part of why activists are setting up voter registration tables. Human rights lawyer Jessica Lee, at the Center for Constitutional Rights, took pictures, and tweeted about it to make more people aware, and also to make a couple of very good points about representation and fairness in the justice system.
It’s so bad there that Amnesty International has sent people to Ferguson, in the same way they send people into war-torn, third-world countries. They are also calling for an investigation not just into Brown’s death, but also into the training police receive regarding use of force. They want the police departments involved in handling the protests investigated for possible human rights abuses, too.
On their website, Amnesty International has the following statement from U.S. Executive Director Steven Hawkins:
“This is a moment for people around the country – and around the world – to join the Ferguson community in raising concerns about race and policing, and about the impact of militarization on our fundamental right to peacefully assemble.”
Because the town council’s and GOP’s responses to this are atrocious, it’s not surprising that liberal activists would want to ensure as many people as possible are registered to vote. Why should that be disgusting? Because those people would likely vote Democrat? Because the people they’re trying to register are mostly black? The horror.
If it were conservatives trying to register people to vote here, this guy would probably be cheering the effort. Especially if they were conservatives trying to get white people registered to vote Republican.
h/t: Talking Points Memo