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Wear a Gorilla mask and hold Banana at BLM protest You get---civil rights charges

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posted on Dec, 22 2016 @ 12:46 PM
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a reply to: seasonal

What the guy did was stupid and disrespectful, but it was his right to do it. Those who don't recognize that fact have sunk to a level lower than the man in the gorilla suit.




posted on Dec, 22 2016 @ 12:47 PM
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a reply to: gunshooter

You havent been keeping up with Salon.com have you.

Stating you are not a racist means ..........you are by default a racist.

I find this story rather ironical. A person mocks BLM and gets charged as a civil rights violation? Denial of service, employment, or housing based upon race is a civil rights violation. I mean, really? Are dirty looks a civil rights violatio ? Is crossing the street a civil rights violation?

I could see an incitement to riot charge, or maybe even a hate speech charge. I dont see a civil rights violation.



posted on Dec, 22 2016 @ 12:47 PM
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a reply to: Cobaltic1978

Everything that someone does that isn't inline with a potentially violent group is then inciting a riot. Right?




No, that is also potentially inciting a riot and should be dealt with in a similar fashion.

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posted on Dec, 22 2016 @ 12:48 PM
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a reply to: seasonal

While it was in very poor taste and highly insulting it is still free speech and should be permitted.

Free speech is not about what you agree with.



posted on Dec, 22 2016 @ 12:50 PM
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He'll likely plea down to something minor. Disorderly persons I imagine. There are some important factors that aren't working in his favor. From a local ABC affiliate:

Witnesses describe moments gorilla-masked man appeared at Black Lives Matter event


ETSU Police Officer Timothy Anderson interviewed Rettke after the event, he said the initial reason Rettke gave for his actions, “Was because he wanted to provoke violence toward himself that he was hoping that the protesters there would become violent,” Anderson said.


Also, this action could be suggestive of criminal intent if he had the girl buy the items to avoid being seen doing it:

Racist Trump Troll in a Gorilla Mask Is Exposed


The night before, Rettke had recruited a female friend to go with him to Wal-Mart to grab the gorilla mask, rope, and bananas, which Rettke apparently told her were “for a school project.”

“She had no idea what was happening,” one of Rettke’s friends said. “She felt so guilty that it had happened because she thought it was part of her responsibility.”

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posted on Dec, 22 2016 @ 12:50 PM
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a reply to: seasonal




Ut oh this student is in deep trouble for using what some may say is free speech.

Others would say blatant racism.
That is not free speech.



posted on Dec, 22 2016 @ 12:54 PM
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originally posted by: Cobaltic1978

originally posted by: seasonal
a reply to: AlbanArthur

Is this not freedom of speech?


No it's potentially inciting a riot.



Its inciting a riot only if the people who witness it act like a bunch of apes. What about flag burning? Isn't that inciting a riot among patriots? Unless you consider the idea that patriots don't act like animals...

Free speech is free speech. I find it disgusting that anyone would say otherwise. I absolutely hate the idea of burning a flag or stamping on it. It strikes a blow at the very heart of me. But until the law changes I respect a persons right to do it. It amazes me that anyone would think burning a flag is protected speech but wearing a gorilla mask and showing people a banana is not.

It was a tasteless comment and probably should not have been made. But it was his right to make it.



posted on Dec, 22 2016 @ 12:54 PM
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a reply to: gortex

Espousing one's racists views is in fact protected free speech. Attempting to incite a riot is where you get in trouble. It's not hard to prove intent when the perpetrator admits it.
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posted on Dec, 22 2016 @ 12:55 PM
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a reply to: gortex

If racism was illegal, there would be no KKK, or Skinhead gangs. It is protected under free speech.



posted on Dec, 22 2016 @ 12:55 PM
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a reply to: Vroomfondel

If DB was here he would say he was going to dress up as a gorilla and burn a banana wrapped in a flag.



posted on Dec, 22 2016 @ 12:57 PM
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originally posted by: AugustusMasonicus
a reply to: Vroomfondel

If DB was here he would say he was going to dress up as a gorilla and burn a banana wrapped in a flag.



That would pretty much solve all of it...



posted on Dec, 22 2016 @ 12:58 PM
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originally posted by: TDawg61
BLM is a domestic terrorist organization created and funded by the thug George Soros and condoned by obama,hilliary and the rest of the seditionists.They don't have rights and will hopefully be dealt with shortly.


if only you knew what you were talking about



posted on Dec, 22 2016 @ 01:00 PM
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a reply to: gortex

blatant racism actually is part of free speech. the KKK , neo NAZI groups, and Black Lives matter are examples of blatantly racist groups protected under free speech. The only thing keeping this guy from walking now is whether the words spoken to the campus police about his motives to start violence were true. But unless he documented it in his report or recorded the conversation, his counsel could just claim hearsay.



posted on Dec, 22 2016 @ 01:01 PM
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originally posted by: AugustusMasonicus
a reply to: Vroomfondel

If DB was here he would say he was going to dress up as a gorilla and burn a banana wrapped in a flag.



Whilst screaming let's burn this Mother F****r down.

Actually, where is he?
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posted on Dec, 22 2016 @ 01:01 PM
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Not that I agree with it, but definitely falls under Freedom of speech. He will walk most likely. What he did is no worse that what BLM does every protest.



posted on Dec, 22 2016 @ 01:02 PM
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This is for closet racist to circle jerk around starred post If it if it is just free speech then why cant people yell fire In a theater you also can't invite riots or go to a gay parade and keep yelling gays are evil kill all gays without being arrested



posted on Dec, 22 2016 @ 01:02 PM
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originally posted by: Cobaltic1978
Actually, where is he?


Most likely dead by now.



posted on Dec, 22 2016 @ 01:02 PM
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a reply to: gortex

Fortunately is. People can say what they want.

Within reason of course. Walking into a bank while screaming your head off wearing a clown mask, brandishing a toy gun and a sports bag would be quite unacceptable, even if you do insist it was a "prank" afterwards.



posted on Dec, 22 2016 @ 01:04 PM
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Inciting a riot is punishable, but actually rioting is okay....
What a messed up world we live in...



posted on Dec, 22 2016 @ 01:05 PM
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a reply to: omniEther

I imagine you can't do those things without consequence.

This guy didn't do that.

The BLM terrorist organisation seems above the law however since they can demand the deaths of people and smash up property without proper action being taken against the radical racist terrorist group.




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