Missouri lieutenant gov. full of shitty misconceptions, re: racism

“It is the Eric Holder and the Obama left and their minions who are obsessed with race. The rest of us are moving beyond it.”

Missouri Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder made these and other poorly considered comments on Monday’s episode of something called “The Steve Malzberg Show.” The second highest officer of state in Missouri, in an interview rife with senselessness, said that there is more racism in the justice department than anywhere in the St. Louis area and that Attorney General Eric Holder and President Obama had “incited the mob” in Ferguson and “disrupted the peaceable going about of our daily lives” following the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown by white police officer Darren Wilson.

“The whole blow up of this protest movement was based on the lie that never happened of ‘hands up don’t shoot,'” Kinder stated, calling it an “enormous injustice perpetrated on the good citizens of Ferguson” by a justice department made up of “radical, hard left, radical leftist lawyers.”

“Many of them have spent most of their careers defending Black Panthers and other violent radicals, saying that… they have legitimate grievances that we must pay attention to,” he added.

Kinder has been elected to the office of lieutenant governor in the state of Missouri three times, and served as a state senator for 12 years before that, which is indicative of the ignorance inherent in his implication that the country (minus the attorney general, president, and their aforementioned minions) has moved beyond racism. I mean after all, people keep electing Peter Kinder.

To Lt. Gov. Kinder and people that vote for people like Lt. Gov. Kinder, the racist police tactics and crooked courts that have been the focus of protests both in Ferguson and across the country, whose pervasiveness was confirmed in a scathing report by the Justice Department, don’t represent legitimate grievances. To Lt. Gov. Kinder and people that vote for people like Lt. Gov. Kinder, black communities asserting that their lives matter is a “disruption” which impedes on the “peaceable going about” of their own, apparently more highly-valued lives. For them, “hands up, don’t shoot,” isn’t a call for humanity and opposition to institutionalized police violence—it’s a lie.

Kinder assured that “where reforms are needed they’re being made,” saying the time for protests had come and gone.

“At some point the protesters need to give us a respite,” he said.

[Buzzfeed | Huffington Post]