Ted Nugent Posts Offensive, Illogical Ferguson Rant
For better or worse (hint: worse), classic rocker turned conservative pundit Ted Nugent has weighed in on the Ferguson decision that let police officer Darren Wilson walk scot-free after shooting and killing unarmed civilian Michael Brown.
While the decision drew outrage from pop stars usually silent on political matters -- Rihanna and Katy Perry both registered their disgust -- Nugent has another take on the situation. The only thing his opinion shares with the vast majority of singers, rockers and rappers tweeting about Ferguson is that he, too, is angry.
But unlike most, Nugent is angry at just about everything other than the man who shot and killed an unarmed teen.
Here's the first part of his Facebook post on Ferguson:
"Here’s the lessons from Ferguson America- Don’t let your kids growup to be thugs who think they can steal, assault & attack cops as a way of life & badge of black (dis)honor. Don’t preach your racist bullsh*t “no justice no peace” as blabbered by Obama’s racist Czar Al Not So Sharpton & their black klansmen."
Instead of focusing on an unarmed 18-year-old being shot to death, Nugent draws attention to the fact that Brown robbed a convenience store -- stealing $48 worth of cigarillos -- prior to his confrontation with the officer. Apparently this infraction places Brown within the "thug" category in Nugent's mind. Thug or not, he's still a dead unarmed 18-year-old man, Ted.
As for the "black klansmen" bit, likening a social activist like Rev. Sharpton to a virulently racist organization like the KKK is as much a logical absurdity as likening Obama to a Nazi -- which, by the way, Nugent has done in the past.
Sadly, there's more:
"When a cop tells you to get out of the middle of the street, obey him & don't attack him as brainwashed by the gangsta assholes you hang with & look up to. It's that simple unless you have no brains, no soul, no sense of decency whatsoever."
Again, "gangsta" culture (and presumably rap music by association) is implicitly blamed for the tragedy in Ferguson. Quick reminder: An unarmed 18-year-old was not killed by an N.W.A mp3.
"And dont claim that "black lives matter" when you ignore the millions you abort & slaughter each & every day by other blacks. Those of us with a soul do indeed believe black lives matter, as all lives matter. So quit killin each other you fuckin idiots. Drive safely."
Ooof. Hard to say what abortion has to do with any of this, but apparently Nugent is convinced it's hypocritical to protest gunning down an unarmed teen and be pro-choice. Some might say there's a significant amount of grey area with regard to the life of an 18-day-old fetus and an 18-year-old man, but not to Professor Nuge.
Additionally, Nugent draws attention to black-on-black violence as a means of confusing the issue. Nugent seems to imply that the people who are crying injustice at the Ferguson verdict are also very much in favor of black-on-black violence. I'm gonna go out on a limb and guess that those saddened by the verdict probably don't like murder in any form, but maybe I'm presuming too much.
So why pay attention to Nugent in the first place? Simple: He's not alone. His Facebook post is symptomatic of a number of Americans -- some of whom you'll share a Thanksgiving table with, some of whom you'll find on your local Fox affiliate -- who have chosen to obfuscate the real issue when talking about Ferguson and Michael Brown.
When all is said and done, a young man (yes, a young man who robbed a convenience store and allegedly scuffled with a police officer) was shot and killed while unarmed. And the officer who shot him will face zero consequences. That's the all-too-familiar reality that has people furious.
Blaming gangsta culture, black activists, Obama and abortion (I'm still confused by that one) is clearly just a way for someone to confuse the issue. And by the way, Nugent isn't confusing the issue to dupe the public -- if anything, he's probably just trying to avoid mentally grappling with the idea of an unfathomable systematic injustice.
After all, it's a lot easier to envision the world as a place where a "thug" -- and not the entire system -- is in the wrong.