At about 1:30 a.m. on Wednesday, the Oregon militia leader Ammon Bundy’s Twitter account released a provocative message about the Bundy’s widely-condemned occupation of federal land.
“We are doing the same thing as Rosa Parks did. We are standing up against bad laws which dehumanize us and destroy our freedom,” the account wrote.
We are doing the same thing as Rosa Parks did. We are standing up against bad laws which dehumanize us and destroy our freedom.— Ammon Bundy (@Ammon_Bundy) January 6, 2016
Immediately the comparison set off a firestorm of criticism on social media against the delusional notion that the white terrorist’s cause is just.
@Ammon_Bundy you terrorists are no Rosa Parks and it's an insult to her to compare yourselves to her.— Amy (@Amy0227) January 6, 2016
.@Ammon_Bundy Rosa Parks didn't take over a city bus with an assault rifle, you oaf. But you wouldn't understand nonviolence & democracy.— CSGV (@CSGV) January 6, 2016
@Ammon_Bundy What kind of gun did Rosa Parks use when she stood up by sitting down?— David Evil Overlord (@D_Evil_Overlord) January 6, 2016
Nice try. Rosa Parks didn't hijack a bus with an assault rifle because she didn't want to pay the bus fare. @Ammon_Bundy— Matthew Chapman (@fawfulfan) January 6, 2016
@Ammon_Bundy Rosa Parks did not have a gun. Also, your white privilege is showing.— Robyn (@Chakeenah) January 6, 2016
Yet the tweet is purportedly not from the real Ammon Bundy and instead from a hoax account.
"Ammon does not have a Twitter account, so, yes, someone is masquerading as him," Ammon's brother, Ryan, said in a text message to the New York Daily News.
The erroneous tweet brings to mind a disturbing pattern of white terrorists using black activists to defend their actions.
In 2014, Ammon’s father, Cliven, also alluded to Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, Jr. to defend his backwards bigotry questioning whether black people would be better off as slaves.
The fake account additionally tweeted out how King would be on their side today. Except the social media mastermind seemed to forget that the civil rights icon preached nonviolence.
If MLK was alive today I feel he would be here taking a stand with us. #CitizensForConstitutionalFreedom— Ammon Bundy (@Ammon_Bundy) January 6, 2016
Although Bundy did not write the tweet, his followers have followed suit in ludicrously justifying and likening his privileged attempts to a real problem of freedom in America.
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