With a fair amount of attention being given to the Black Lives Matter movement, it was prescient to their cause that what really matters to law enforcement in America is being white and heavily armed. Whether it is called white privilege, or racial animus targeting people of color, it was on display in Ferguson Missouri this week. A group of heavily armed white militiamen paraded around playing army, likely looking for trouble. The so-called patriots, Oath Keepers, made their presence felt in Ferguson, replete with army garb and assault rifles, while police ordered African Americans off the streets due to what officials declared was a “state of emergency” (African Americans gathering to demonstrate).
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.