What would have happened if the Charlottesville scenario were reversed?
What if a horde of Black and Brown demonstrators showed up at a protest rally strapped with multiple weapons per individual?
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – AUGUST 12: White nationalists, neo-Nazis, the KKK and members of the ‘alt-right’ attempt to organize inside Emancipation Park during the Unite the Right rally August 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. After clashes with anti-facist protesters and police the rally was declared an unlawful gathering and people were forced out of Lee Park, where a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee is slated to be removed. Photo: Chip Somodevilla via Getty Images Embed
Comments from Facebook address what-if scenario: How would police respond to heavily armed people of color at protest rally?
Editor’s Note: What do you think would have happened if a horde of Black and Brown demonstrators showed up at a protest rally like Charlottesville, Va., strapped with multiple weapons per individual — M-16 assault rifles, Ak-47 semi-automatic rifles, 12-gauge shotguns, 357 magnum revolvers, 45 caliber handguns, KA-BARS, and switch blades? Here are some eye-opening comments:
Lena Cole Dennis: “RIP.”
Denise Shaw: “SWAT and the National Guard would be called. The spot light is on racism and it’s long over-due. I’m hopeful that real dialog will impact change and a better life for all in America. God has a purpose for everything he allows and #45 had to be exposed to let the good work on behalf of the saints.”
Kyle Bender: “America needs a house cleaning from top to bottom of double standards and hypocrisy.”
Joseph Richardson: “World War III.”
Debra Craft-Trepagnier: “The end of the world as we know it.”
Al Pickens: “I think we all know the answer to that one!”
Charles Walker: “We all need Jesus all praise to God.”
Madeline O’Bannon: “I shudder to think.”
Dale Davis: “The post is rhetorical. We all know what would happen. Many of the Alt-Right, KKK, and neo-Nazi protesters in Charlottesville were armed in the manner described. In fact, one spokesman for the group posted a video on social media bragging about his armed-readiness. He was armed with a high-powered automatic rifle and three concealed handguns. We should be incensed.”
Cynthia Jones-Bell: “Yep. And he stated when asked about the death of Heather, ‘There will be more deaths before this is over.’ Is that a threat or not? He should have been arrested for domestic terrorism.” (Ed. Note: The Charlottesville Police Department did issue a warrant for the man’s arrest.)
Alexander Mendiola: “We all know what would happen … white privilege!”
Sheldon McCormick: “A furious firefight and enough business for Forest Lawn, Chapel of the Pines crematorium, and Harrison-Ross Mortuary for a year and a half.”
Mark Klein: “Actually, back in the day (1967) about 30 heavily armed (albeit with unloaded weapons) Black Panthers very publicly climbed the steps of the Capitol in Sacramento and entered the building with their weapons on full display.
Terrence Bullock: “The difference is the 1967 event was a peaceful protest. Would be very different, today with armed Blacks in a violent scenario with unarmed White nationalists.”
Cynthia Jones-Bell: “I asked the same as question, Jarrette.”
Monica Acosta-Zamora: “A Bloodbath!”