posted on Sep, 16 2013 @ 02:18 AM
reply to post by txinfidel
I'm not sure how you came to that conclusion as I was really very pretty clear that I do not think that the leadership of Oath Keepers are a bunch of
racists and in fact, I shot down an even more inflammatory article about them in Crooks and Liars. Southern Poverty Law would've lumped them into
the "white supremacist Patriot group", which I did not and found evidence to the contrary. Mother Jones was a little more fair and reported what
Rhodes has said on the issue, himself, but I even knocked the fear mongering tones of that article. So please, I really am confused how you could
consider that I would work for either of those entities in my assessment of the Oath Keepers. Where did I get my information? By reading a variety
of points of view including negative, fact checking areas of clear bias, and, most notably, by looking at the Oath Keepers, themselves, through their
own website and Rhodes' own blog.
Try reading for a change.
*Actually, I'm going to go one step further since maybe you missed a key point. A number of the Patriot type of groups end up getting labeled as
being "white supremacists upset because of a black president". I heavily suspect that the reason why this is done is to basically safely
compartmentalize what may actually be the beef of a Patriot group (generally, the erosion of civil liberties which has been occurring at a faster
speed since 9/11). By funneling what they represent under the banner of simply being racist, it basically ostracizes those groups from the general
public for fear of social recrimination and being labeled a "racist". Face it, very few people like that. The highly generalized label most likely
serves to keep information flow to as much of a minimum because of the above. Do some of these groups contain racists? Sure, but you can also find
a few racists in your local church and it doesn't make your church a white supremacy church. Are some of them truly racist? I know that there are a
few militia groups that are strongly affiliated with white supremacy groups so yeah, they do exist. Are all patriot groups racist? Absolutely not.
That clear enough for you?
edit on 16/9/13 by WhiteAlice because: added the * portion for additional clarity