I am not going to speak to the lies Republicans told themselves that they were the party of law & order; everyone knew that was a lie. What I will do is try to do a little expose‘ on Republican lies and hypocrisy.
For decades Republicans like Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, Herbert Walker Bush, and Donald Trump ran as law and order candidates.
You may have noticed that I left out George Bush, who served two terms between 2000 & 2008. To his credit, George Bush did not make any claim to be much of anything but a goofball, at least not until the attacks of September 2001. Thereafter, Bush made himself a wartime president; those wars are still in effect today.
The Republican claim of being the law & order party was what is called a dog whistle. If you understand that brutalizing, locking away, and killing blacks has been government policy after the so-called emancipation declaration, you begin to understand better, how running as a law & order candidate means brutalizing, locking away, and killing African-Americans.
It is coded language to whites, particularly in the South, what kind of public official they will be. Some Republican candidates for president, irrespective of where they are from, launch their presidential campaigns from the deep South.
It was no surprise then, that the most ignorant racist to run and occupy the presidency in modern history ran as a law & order candidate.
No other American war has been waged with more savagery and fervor than the FBI’s war against African-Americans. and black civil-rights leaders under Director J Edgar Hoover.
Hoover’s paranoia that America would be attacked and destroyed by communists and gays is well documented, but his racist obsession with civil rights leaders was even more chilling.
In a February 11th article, the Daily Beast, Jeffery Ogbar wrote; (On March 8, 1971, an anti-war activist group, the Citizens’ Commission to Investigate the FBI, broke into an FBI office in Media, Pennsylvania where they discovered a cache of classified documents, many bearing the cryptic code “COINTELPRO.”
They leaked the documents to the press. On March 24, 1971, The Washington Post ran a cover story on the FBI’s vast program in 1956 to neutralize suspicious persons and organizations. Although initially formed to target the Communist Party U.S.A., it was quickly expanded to include a wide range of groups considered “subversive.” No segment had been as central to COINTELPRO operations as civil rights activists. However, a broader scope of the FBI’s actions was unknown until Congressional hearings five years later. What came to light was exceptionally chilling — seeped in its own racism, without any checks or balances, the FBI devoted more resources to harming the Civil Rights movement than any other task in its purview.)
J Edgar Hoover recruited blacks to infiltrate civil rights organizations, including Earnest Withers, a celebrated photographer who had access to private meetings of the movement. Whithers then dutifully reported back to Hoover on what he had learned. William O’Neil, a petty criminal, was recruited and used to infiltrate the Black Panther Party.
O’Neil’s treachery resulted in the FBI & local police reportedly assassinating the 21-year-old Fred Hampton as he lay sleeping, allegedly drugged, by the same William O’Neil on the directive of his handlers in the FBI.
While terrorism has been a part of American culture from the beginning of this experiment, it was never viewed as a problem because the terror was directed at the people America despised and hated.
For those reasons, the Ku Klux Klan is not a terrorist organization, but Republicans want the splintered Anti-Fascist protestors (ANTIFA) designated a Terrorist group.
Asked about actions in helping the FBI to set up and assassinate Fred Hampton, Oniel said the following;
I didn’t feel like I had done anything. I didn’t walk in there with guns. I didn’t shoot him. FBI didn’t do it. I felt somewhat like I was betrayed. I felt like if anyone should have known it was going to be a raid that morning, I should have known, also. I felt like I could have been caught in that raid. I was there that night, and I felt like if I’d have laid down, I probably would have been a victim, so I felt betrayed, I felt like, I felt like I was expendable. I felt like, like perhaps I was on the wrong side. Yeah, yeah, I had my misgivings. I’m not going to, I, no, I’m not going to sit here now and take responsibility for the raid, you know, I’m not going to do that. I didn’t pull the trigger. I didn’t issue the warrant. I didn’t put the guns in the apartment. So I’m not going to take responsibility for that, but I do feel like I was betrayed. I felt like I should have known the raid was coming down. I felt like it was probably excessive. You know, I felt like it was a surgical strike, you know, and I was really angry for quite a few days. Quite a few days.
O’Neil would die in 1990 as he ran across the Eisenhower expressway on Dr. King’s birthday. The medical examiner ruled his death a suicide. I guess the universe does pay attention.
No one knows exactly how many black people the Klan murdered throughout its history, possibly hundreds of thousands considering that Klansmen were/are judges, police officers, grocers, farmers, bankers, and every other category of workers.
The killings were made through lynchings, shootings, bombings, and other heinous acts, including James Byrd Jr’s dragging death in Jasper, Texas, over two decades ago.
We do not know how many may have been killed because they saw the wrong Doctor, the wrong nurse, was arrested by the wrong cop,( literally every cop was the wrong cop)eating at the wrong restaurant?
Organizations that have done far less have been designated Terrorist groups. Yet, in the United States, white terror is such an accepted reality that there is no Federal Domestic terror statute.
The Klan’s activities continue today, despite the third Ku Klux Klan Act, Civil Rights Act of 1871, or Force Act of 1871. With the passage of the Third Force Act, popularly known as the Ku Klux Act, Congress authorized President Ulysses S. Grant to declare martial law, impose heavy penalties against terrorist organizations, and use military force to suppress them; Klux Klan (KKK). (History.com)
In 1882, the U.S. Supreme Court declared the Ku Klux Act unconstitutional, but by that time, Reconstruction had ended, and much of the KKK had faded away, or so they thought.
That was then; no one believes today that the Ku Klux Klan has faded away. However, the Klan is the least of America’s worries at the moment; the FBI and other intelligence agencies have repeatedly warned that domestic white supremacist groups pose the gravest danger to America’s national security.
Since there has been no sense of urgency to deal with homegrown terrorism, white terrorism has flourished in the United States. Using the Constitution’s language on local militias and the 2nd amendment, which protects gun rights, violent racist militias have been allowed to expand their operations across the country.
Their supporters in Congress have been able to operate out in the open, by pretending to be gun-rights advocates; when they are truly full-fledged white supremacist supporters.
It has been that support for white supremacist terror groups why capitol insurrectionists could storm the US Capitol and parade the racist flag of white supremacy.
For those reasons, Wisconsin US Senator Ron Johnson declared that the Capitol mob were not armed insurrectionists.
Never mind that five of their own people died, one police officer was killed and scores more seriously injured by the neanderthal horde who were armed with guns, baseball bats, hockey sticks, flagpoles, chemical irritants, and other weapons.
The hypocrisy of Ron Johnson and others like him should not be allowed to slide. These clowns declare police justified in using lethal force on unarmed people of color. Still, when it comes to the raging lunatic mob of white traitors, they make excuses and trivialize the seriousness of their crimes.
Violent white supremacists militia groups have not been treated with the seriousness they should be; this led to killing many people, whites included. Timothy McVeigh, a military veteran, destroyed the Edward R Murrow Federal building in 1995, killing 168 Americans and injuring 680 others. The bombing remains the deadliest act of domestic terrorism in US history.
Timothy McVeigh was eventually executed, but the damage was already done. Killing him could not unring the bell.
Investigators have reported that a disproportionate number of those arrested after the Capitol breach of January 6th, 2021 were either past or serving military and police members.
The coddling of violent white extremist individuals and groups continues to result in the murder of innocent Americans of all stripes.
In the 2019 El Paso massacre, the white shooter, a 21-year old from Allen, Texas, claimed in a manifesto that he was acting to protect whites in America from “cultural and ethnic replacement” brought on by “the Hispanic invasion of Texas.”He allegedly allowed people who did not look like Mexicans to go free; then, he summarily massacred those who were the enemies in his mind.
[The shooter’s alt-right writings including excerpts and names of individuals and groups who claim to be fighting against the “Great Replacement,” as one of their leaders calls the purported threat of “white genocide” around the world. Followers of this conspiracy theory aim to create a neo-fascist “ethnostate” where at least 90 percent of inhabitants are white. Their proposed program will be carried out by draconian border enforcement measures that will deter future migration, mass deportations, the revocation of birthright citizenship, and purging nonwhite children (who represent the greatest threat to the disappearance of the white race). According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, massacres like the one in El Paso are part of a strategy these extremist groups call “accelerationism,” the idea that the deliberate spread of terror is necessary to eliminate non-whites from this country.](Texas Observer)
The white supremacist group, the Oath Keepers, Proud Boys, and the phalanx of other Neo-Nazi losers all subscribe to this racist ideology, and in Congress, there is support for it.
In many State Legislatures across the country, draft legislation and laws passed reflect those xenophobic and racist ideologies. Proponents of those laws may not openly declare their intent when drafting and passing such legislation, but we know their intentions.
The challenge now for authorities is how to deal with the monster they allowed to grow because they did not think that these terrorists would endanger them.
Law-enforcement officers, some of whom are members and sympathizers of white nationalists groups, played footsie with their members. Believing they had found allies against the hated black people struggling for freedom from police violence and institutionalized racism manifested through brutal and murderous police departments.
Many were unwittingly duped by the so-called back the blue campaign they waged against Black Lives Matter protestors, peaceably protesting for racial justice.
It was a strategic ruse designed to placate and pacify police, many of whom are anti-black, to begin with. When the rubber meets the road, they made it clear that they did not care about the blue, particularly if the blue would not allow them to achieve their blood lust.
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Mike Beckles is a former Police Detective, businessman, freelance writer, black achiever honoree, and creator of the blog mikebeckles.com.