That is, the bare minimum--at least when it comes to policing white thugs.
My social media is blowing up with this stuff in Virginia, and it's very interesting to see the divide here. Because my white liberal friends are shooketh. To the core. Much lamenting, pearl clutching and even crying. Black folks are like, "ah--you finally put the robe on, but we knew you had it in your closet the whole time." As a people, we are saddened by displays such as this, but ain't ne'er a negro shocked. Nor are we astonished by the lack of a police presence last night, when KKK members raided some suburban mom of that entire stash of Tiki torches she got from Target clearance a few years ago. Tough stuff, that. Grown ass men, walking around with a Polynesian import in hand, yelling anti-immigration rhetoric as they walk their weak asses through the mean streets of a predominately white fucking college campus.
The events of last night and this morning in Virginia were not a surprise. This was not a chance encounter, like, one Nazi was walking down the street and saw another Nazi he knew and crossed the street to catch up, and then they were like, "Hey, isn't that Joe from United Nazi Church? Oh, and there's Cam the manager at KKKFC!" and before they knew what was going on, it was goddamn Nazi reunion. Nah, son. This shit was planned. For months. There were probably cottage industries that sprang up alongside it. You know someone probably made a killing bleaching sheets and starching hoods so they'd stand up nice and all pointy like. How drôle to show up with an over-bleached, yellowed sheet and a droopy hood like some low class racist yokel. No, these mother fuckers were primed and ready for primetime.
So where were the damn cops? Pick any large assembly of Black Lives Matter protesters, and not only is there a large show of force from the local police department, but they also call in the state police, the Suicide Squad and the Avengers. But here, when you have a planned congregation of several large pro-white hate groups, and you know things are going to be more incendiary than a Tiki torch in August, there's barely any show of force. I'm glad a state of emergency was eventually declared, but it was so obvious that they were not ready for what they had to contend with. Interesting. For any assembly of black folks, the very worse is assumed, and cops are there, the itchier the trigger finger the better. In fact, it ain't even gotta be a whole assembly of black folks; it could just be one black guy driving with his family. But for a gathering of several known hate groups, it's "oh, it'll probably be alright. We'll just wait and see what happens."
Yeah, black people ain't really asking where the cops were in Virginia. We already know why policing this sort of a gathering wouldn't be high on their radar. One, because a gathering of white folks will always be given the benefit of the doubt, even when they don't deserve it, and two, because most of the police force probably took the day off to join in.