Shaun King isn’t in a peaceful mood over Kenosha.
As covered by RedState’s Shipwreckedcrew, Sunday saw a shooting in Wisconsin, in which a black man was fired upon by “one or more white police officers responding to a report of a domestic disturbance.
Here’s a video of the incident (Viewer Discretion is Advised):
WARNING: this video is extremely graphic.
Police in Kenosha, Wisconsin appear to shoot a man seven times in the back at point blank range after he ignores commands. We’re no other non-lethal methods considered, @KenoshaPolice?
— Julián Castro (@JulianCastro) August 24, 2020
Community tension with the police over the shooting mounted very quickly as darkness fell. Videos are now starting to hit Twitter of protests that have been underway for hours, and the inability of the local police — Kenosha PD and Kenosha Sheriffs Deputies — to deal with the problem.
What started as only demonstrations early in the evening progressed to vandalism, wide-spread property destruction, and looting. The local police were simply too few in number to stop the violence without resorting to deadly force which they did not do.
See it here (Language Warning):
TW: Protests have broken out at the scene where a man was shot point-blank by police in Kenosha, WI, US. Molotovs and bricks were thrown at police, at least one cop severely injured after being hit with a brick. Several cop cars damaged. pic.twitter.com/YvsRQLUE3Y
— Anonymous (@YourAnonCentral) August 24, 2020
This used car dealership was set on fire overnight by protestors. Car Source is just down the street from the Kenosha courthouse. The owners are devastated. Their business a total loss pic.twitter.com/koutrMy1Sq
— Constitutional Republic (@CRRJA5) August 24, 2020
— special agent viti (@selfdeclaredref) August 24, 2020
In response to the chaos, activist Shaun King took to Twitter Sunday night to make known he won’t be calling for peace.
Apparently, he believes law enforcement is set up to work nefariously — that’s the intention.
So he wants it all torn down.
Mayhem is the correct consequence:
“Nah. I’m not going to call for peace. We’ve tried peace. For years. Y’all don’t understand that language. We are calling for a complete dismantling of American policing. It’s NOT broken. It was built to work this way. And mayhem is the consequence. You earned it.”
“I can’t stand back & watch this happen to a great American City, Minneapolis. A total lack of leadership. Either the very weak Radical Left Mayor, Jacob Frey, get his act together and bring the City under control, or I will send in the National Guard & get the job done right,” Trump tweeted. “These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won’t let that happen. Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts. Thank you!”
That elicited the following from the Bluebird:
This Tweet violates our policies regarding the glorification of violence based on the historical context of the last line, its connection to violence, and the risk it could inspire similar actions today. We’ve taken action in the interest of preventing others from being inspired to commit violent acts but have kept the Tweet on Twitter because it is important that the public still be able to see the Tweet given its relevance to ongoing matters of public importance. As is standard with this notice, engagements with the Tweet will be limited. People will be able to Retweet with Comment, but will not be able to Like, Reply or Retweet it.
Shaun found a lot of support online:
Destruction comes before rebuilding, that’s what we talking about here
— Fabrice Kay (@ThisisFabrice) August 24, 2020
Things always have to be BROKEN DOWN and dismantled…. in order for it to transcend. They broke us…. now we break them back. #BETTER TOMARROW -4- ALL !
— Diana Rader (@diana_rader) August 24, 2020
One user championed having his right to own a business taken away:
I want socialism. Dismantle capitalism
— peterD (@peterD56512987) August 24, 2020
And this person asserted all police should be imprisoned “or worse”:
Every cop in America deserves prison sentences or worse for what they have done
— Christopher Smith (@csmith1824) August 24, 2020
One reply charged that “black people have every right to dismantle the country they built for free”:
This meme popped up in my feed this morning, and is looking less and less harsh as the day goes on… pic.twitter.com/YLSiIGpKp3
— Jay Hale (@jhale667) August 24, 2020
Someone put in a good word for civility:
I think peace & nonviolence r the only things that work. Violence always brings more violence. Trump & the current GOP wd probably pay u nicely to go w violence. It will help them in Nov.
— Pete Cerneka (@BellevilleKid) August 24, 2020
But they got shot down:
Like we haven’t tried that for decades…
— Fabrice Kay (@ThisisFabrice) August 24, 2020
Of course, there were other naysayers:
even for a guy with a twitter history full of cognitive dissonance and bad takes, inciting violence isn’t a great look, big fella
— riley hogan, autonomous zone (@riley_hogan1) August 24, 2020
And there were these:
There’s something beautifully ironic about a white guy, pretending to be a black guy, telling black people to commit crimes that’ll get THEM arrested, while he keeps his hands clean.
I’m instantly reminded of the military in the South Park movie. pic.twitter.com/4LsjcHewjk
— Some Random Internet Dude (@SomeRandomInte4) August 24, 2020
— John W (@ciphotoau) August 24, 2020
— Frankie (@FrankieVita) August 25, 2020
Shaun definitely occupies an unusual place among discussions of race in the country:
What are you talking about? Shaun King is black as Shaq. Look at his school photo from when he was a kid. He is obviously black. pic.twitter.com/XMyXJ5ztBD
— Daniel L. (@AnubisReviews) June 23, 2020
But what really bothers you, what really gets under your white skin, is the truth.
That You’ve been larping as a black man for years. When presented the fact that both your parents are white, you lie that your mom had an affair with a light skinned black man.
You are a lie. pic.twitter.com/SHpyJSpp1I
— Lori Meyers (@Loralie_Smith) August 16, 2020
— Real Talk News Net 🇺🇸2020 (@RealMikeNapa) August 24, 2020
As for Sunday’s shooting, there’s no doubt more information to come.
In the meantime, Gov. Toney Evers spoke out:
“While we do not have all of the details yet, what we know for certain is that he is not the first Black man or person to have been shot or injured or mercilessly killed at the hands of individuals in law enforcement in our state or our country. And we stand against excessive use of force and immediate escalation when engaging with Black Wisconsinites. I have said all along that although we must offer our empathy, equally important is our action. In the coming days, we will demand just that of elected officials in our state who have failed to recognize the racism in our state and our country for far too long.”
Will we ever return to peace? No one can say, and evidently — for at least the foreseeable future — some hope not.
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