Liberal Privilege

Just to reset the stage:  last Saturday’s “Black Lives Matter” demonstration (and its union benefactors), without bothering to get a city permit to block a street or use a city park, used a city park to organize a parade that went on to block traffic on the Midway’s busiest street for 3-4 hours, on one of Saint Paul’s highest-traffic days on one of the ten days a year when the Midway gets any outside traffic at all, escorted and guarded by an impressive array of Saint Paul Police and the rest of the city’s DFL-run bureaucracy.

And after all that?  The biggest controversy about last weekend’s “Black Live Matter” March at the Minnesota State fair, at this remove, is the chant that the crowd broken into at one point during the March; “Pigs in a blanket/fry’em like bacon”.

The St. Paul police union criticized the chant.

To which parade organizer Rashad Turn replied:

“It definitely wasn’t a threat. I don’t know if they would have received it differently if we would have said on a stick. We’re there chanting, using our voices,” Turner said.
“It definitely wasn’t a threat. I don’t know if they would have received it differently if we would have said on a stick. We’re there chanting, using our voices,” Turner said.

And I’m sure if a group of white people walked up Snelling chanting…

Save our cities, cut our losses

 line their lawns with blazing crosses” 

…or called a blazing cross “campfire on a stick”, Rashad Turner would be calling it “just words”, too.

I’ll take bets on that.

4 thoughts on “Liberal Privilege

  1. As tasteless as I find this to be, I would defend their right to free speech as much as any other person’s right to free speech. I get disgusted every time I read about someone losing a job over something they said outside of work or something they posted on social media (also while not on company time). Just because I may be offended by what a person says, doesn’t mean that they should lose their jobs.

    Was this a threat or just ugly free speech? The courts have several rulings on free speech vs threatening speech and I’m not sure if this falls into the criteria of threatening.

    And, of course, some protesters making these shameless chants doesn’t mean everyone agrees or even that the organizer agreed. Similarly, just because some cops do heinous things to people doesn’t mean all cops are bad. Likewise, because some people are shot by cops when they are unarmed doesn’t mean all shootings by cops are unjustified.

    We’d all do well to be most outraged by actions that are actually horrendous.

  2. Oh, it’s ugly free speech.

    Just comparing the relative levels of vapors people and officialdom would get, depending on who’s doing the ugly free speech.

  3. Best part was the BLM spokeswoman saying it was disrespectful of the Governor to chide Black people for chanting about murdering cops. Didn’t know he had it in him – way to go, Gov!

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