Generally speaking, when protesting racism, it's a bad idea to say
things that are aggressively racist. This inescapable rule of irony has
caught up to Michelle Williams, Chief of Staff for the New Black Panther
"Let me tell you, the things that's about to happen, to
these honkeys, these crackers, these pigs, these pink people, these —-
people. It has been long overdue," Williams said in an interview. "My
prize right now this evening ... is gonna be the bounty, the arrest,
dead or alive, for George Zimmerman. You feel me?"
later: "It's in me to fight. It's in me to raise up soldiers. It's in
me that every time my feet touch the ground the state of Florida- these
crackers- they scared."
And what of Williams' allegation that she
"did not incite, did not promote, nor...encourage anyone to go and pick
up a gun?" Certainly her controversial quote doesn't mention a gun
specifically, but many would suggest that putting out a bounty on
Zimmerman "dead or alive" does nothing to discourage violence against
him -- in fact, it arguably implicitly sanctions it.
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