In one of the most absurd and prejudiced verdicts handed down in the recent history, the rifle-toting Bundy brothers who took over a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon and remained in a stand-off with authorities for over 41 days, have been declared innocent.
The jury cleared Ammon and Ryan Bundy, the conservative ranchers-turned-militia leaders, of conspiracy to impede wildlife refuge employees and possession of guns at a federal facility — which is literally they did, along with dozens of other men, earlier this year.
The Bundys were among the 26 charged for participating in the standoff at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. At the time, they claimed the takeover was an act of civil disobedience against what they considered government overreach in its administration of their land.
The internet was shocked by the biasness of the decision. Online users were quick to point out the fact that the outcome of the trial would have been extremely different if the militiamen were not white.
In a country where the members Black Lives Matter movement are called terrorists for protesting police brutality against their community and Native Americans are carted away in police vans for holding peaceful protests on their native land, the Bundy trial is a perfect example of white privilege.
The massive online reaction says it all.
Black ppl, the acquittal of the #oregonstandoff gunmen should remove any doubt that we live in a complete system of white supremacy— Tariq Nasheed (@tariqnasheed) October 28, 2016
One of #OregonStandoff charges was "possession of firearms in a federal facility." There are hundreds of photos, videos of this. Acquitted.— robneyer (@robneyer) October 28, 2016
So, ok to occupy a wildlife refuge, but protect ancestral grave sites and you get National Guarded. America 2016 #nodapl— Bill McKibben (@billmckibben) October 27, 2016
I'm sure whole country will erupt in shocked outrage now that Bundy brothers have been acquitted just like they did with OJ. #oregonstandoff— Cenk Uygur (@cenkuygur) October 28, 2016
Absolutely disgusted. Meanwhile the guy who filmed the murder of Eric Garner gets sent to jail. #oregonstandoff— Ⓜike 🎹 (@JasperJay40) October 27, 2016
Seven militia members are set to go to trial next year while 11 others have already pleaded guilty.