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From the Boston Globe:

Internet Turns on Once Beloved ‘Ferguson Hug’ Cop

By Victor Paul Alvarez

December 2, 2014 5:37 PM

Sgt. Bret Barnum is a white Portland, Oregon Police Officer. Devonte Hart is a 12-year-old black boy who held a “Free Hugs” sign at a Ferguson rally in Portland. The two shared a hug. The pic went viral, hearts were warmed, healing (possibly) began.

But it’s never that easy.

It turns out that Sgt. Barnum clicked “like” on a Facebook post that showed a Portland Police badge emblazoned with the words “I am Darren Wilson.” The Portland Mercury wrote that Officer Strom is among several in the department who changed their Facebook profile pictures to Portland Police badges wrapped in “I am Darren Wilson” bracelets. Portland Police Chief Mike Reese ordered the officers to change the profile pictures. Since the officers used their badges, Chief Reese said, it trumped the officers’ right to free speech during their time off the job.

Before Officer Strom took his picture down, Sgt. Barnum was one of 31 people who “liked” the photo. He told the AP that he “liked” the image out of solidarity for the police profession, not because he supports Wilson.

In an interview with CNN, Sgt. Barnum said: “I just hope that those folks who are creating the chaos and doing the damage to their communities realize that they’re setting everything back. All the hard work that police officers and community members are doing, trying to come together and build those relationships—it’s the silent, smaller entity that is really detracting from the larger picture and the change that folks want.”

Writer Yesha Callahan questioned Sgt. Barnum’s sincerity in a piece today on The Root. “You have to wonder if this is just an act for Barnum and a way to gain notoriety. Because liking a profile photo that states ‘I am Darren Wilson’ seems to contradict his views on police officers and their relationship building with black people. Especially when you choose also to side with a police officer who killed a black man and those who support that officer,” Callahan wrote.

The Internet is a fickle friend.

More like, it’s a potentially implacable foe of anybody who today doesn’t follow the dictates of Who? Whom? ideology at all times, now and into the unforeseeable future.

The cop who was heralded for reaching across the protest line to embrace a distraught young man is now having his motives challenged for clicking “like” on a Facebook page of a colleague standing up for another colleague he may have never met. One writer, Jonathon Jones, went so far as to call the photo a “blatant lie.”

“Liking this picture as a definitive image of America’s race crisis is the equivalent of locking yourself in and turning up the volume to weep at Frozen while the streets are burning outside. Which is exactly what white Americans apparently want to do,” wrote Jones in The Guardian.

 
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  1. OT:

    Steve, you and your Chicago-area readers may appreciate that tomorrow (12/6) and next Tuesday (12/9), the Gene Siskel Film Center — one of Chicago’s most prestigious “art houses” — is showing Idiocracy. Details here: siskelfilmcenter.org/idiocracy

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  2. robot says:

    is it possible to trace the origins of the ‘unarmed black teen killed by white’ meme in the trayvon and ferguson cases? the selection of some photos and rejection of others? was it wapo, nyt, ap, cnn?

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  3. Luke Lea says:

    Off topic, but think how much better it would have been if the Garner case rather than Michael Brown were the cause célèbre.

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  4. SFG says:

    I think it’s incumbent on all dissidents not to maintain Facebook pages. Not saying that’s right, just saying it seems like an unnecessarily dangerous thing to do. Why give them another way to spy on you?

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  5. snorlax says:

    Hat tip to moi, of course.

    It’s interesting that young Devonte appears to have been dressed like an extra from “Super Fly.” It’s fairly unusual for blacks to make sartorial choices on the basis of nostalgia.

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    Thanks.

    I thought at first the cop was embracing a middle-aged jockey.

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  6. @Chicago Girl
    OT:

    Steve, you and your Chicago-area readers may appreciate that tomorrow (12/6) and next Tuesday (12/9), the Gene Siskel Film Center — one of Chicago's most prestigious "art houses" — is showing Idiocracy. Details here: siskelfilmcenter.org/idiocracy

    Che bello! I liked the concept of the movie better than the execution. But we’ll maybe go.

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  7. @snorlax
    Hat tip to moi, of course.

    It's interesting that young Devonte appears to have been dressed like an extra from "Super Fly." It's fairly unusual for blacks to make sartorial choices on the basis of nostalgia.

    Thanks.

    I thought at first the cop was embracing a middle-aged jockey.

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  8. Jefferson says:

    Big deal that he clicked “Like” on a pro-Darren Wilson Facebook page. Darren Wilson is not a monster. He is not the devil. He is not a gangsta thug.

    The Left Wing is acting like clicking “Like” on a pro-Darren Wilson Facebook page is the equivalent of clicking “Like” on a pro-Adolf Hitler Facebook page. Michael Brown was no Anne Frank. Anne Frank would not be committing strong arm robbery and would not go all Floyd Mayweather on a police officer.

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    Wilson was something much more dangerous to the average person than any "gangster thug", he was an armed government employee. It is well past time to start disarming the cops. If they need the aid of someone with a weapon, let them ask a citizen for assistance.
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  9. george says:

    As Shawn Peterson has learned, a citizen who uses social media to criticize police abuses can find himself – and his employer – on the receiving end of orchestrated vilification by the police

    http://www.lewrockwell.com/2014/11/william-norman-grigg/offend-the-police/

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  10. GW says:

    You gotta love how the left views “coming together” and “improving race relations.” Apparently if you are a police officer you cannot show solidarity with a fellow cop who recently had to beat unfounded media accusations and false witnesses in court to remain a free man, and has lost his livelihood and faces death threats due to some people believing such lies, all under the utilitarian guise that it will make black people unhappy and damage togetherness.

    Whites and police officers have to walk on egg shells lest they damage any progress, yet the dead unarmed black teenager’s step-father is excused for inciting the riots which got businesses destroyed and people killed because losing your child gives you carte blanche.

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    "yet the dead unarmed black teenager’s step-father is excused for inciting the riots which got businesses destroyed and people killed because losing your child gives you carte blanche".

    He was her were shack-up honey, but the mainstream press has a narrative to push. By purposely promoting this falsehood, the Brown parents look more upstanding, and therefore more sympathetic. The Gentle Giant was actually raised by his grandmother, the same woman who was reportedly beaten up by these pillars of the community for being first to the market with commemorative t-shirts.

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  11. JerryC says:

    I guess I just don’t get people anymore. Why is this “Free Hug” kid crying? He didn’t know Michael Brown from Adam. He lives in freakin Portland for crying out loud. Has the whole world gone insane?

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    It's reminiscent of the gush of overwrought emotion over Princess Diana. It made me feel a foreigner in my own land.
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  12. Are we headed back to the constant agitation, tumult and violence of the 60′s? There were ambushes and shootouts between Black Panthers nationwide. There was the famous ’69 police raid on Panther headquarters in Chicago in which the leader Hampton was killed, possibly as payback for the Panther ambush and murder of two cops a couple weeks earlier. A lot of radical groups were running around in Chicago at the time, SDS, street gangs who had supposedly become political such as the Young Lords and Blackstone Rangers. The year before there was the ’68 MLK riot which burned up a large part of the black west side which threw up massive clouds of black smoke that hung in the air. And of course there was the nearly week long upheaval surrounding the ’68 Democratic convention. Hot times back then. Back to the future perhaps?

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  13. This is the backstory of the photo: Devonte Hart has White parents, but instead of raising him to be a normal middle class kid, they’re raising him to have a trauma around race.

    He’s crying in the photo because he’s been raised to have a deathly fear of walking down the street and getting shot for “no reason, just like Michael Brown.”

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  14. “Liking this picture as a definitive image of America’s race crisis is the equivalent of locking yourself in and turning up the volume to weep at Frozen while the streets are burning outside. Which is exactly what white Americans apparently want to do,”

    I have no idea what this sentence means.

    Why is this “Free Hug” kid crying? He didn’t know Michael Brown from Adam. He lives in freakin Portland for crying out loud.

    Maybe his mother has taught him that at any moment he might be shot by a police officer because that’s the way things are in America today. That seems to be current practice among progressive parents, as affirmative-action law professor Michelle Alexander demonstrated in a recent NY Times op-ed piece: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/26/opinion/ferguson-telling-my-son-michelle-alexander.html?_r=1

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  15. Jefferson says:

    “This is the backstory of the photo: Devonte Hart has White parents, but instead of raising him to be a normal middle class kid, they’re raising him to have a trauma around race.

    He’s crying in the photo because he’s been raised to have a deathly fear of walking down the street and getting shot for “no reason, just like Michael Brown.”

    A deathly fear of walking down the street and getting shot ? The Black Devote Hart has a much higher chance of being shot and killed in the Chocolate city of Baltimore or Detroit than he has of being shot and killed in the Vanilla city of Portland.

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  16. iSteveFan says:

    “I am Darren Wilson.”

    If those simple words bring out so much anger from the Left, and they do, then I say people on the right should keep on using them. Pat Buchanan once said you could tell when you had hit a nerve with the other side or as he put it, “drew blood”, by the increased level of vitriol directed against you.

    You will note the left seems to increase its usage of phrases or words that they find infuriates the right. But the right seems to abandon the use of phrases or words as soon as the left objects.

    After fifty years of being on the losing side of the culture war, the right should understand that control of the language is akin to control of the high ground. If you have words that cause this much distress with the left, it is similar to occupying the critical high ground above your enemy’s camp. Of course they want you to abandon it. If you were smart, you wouldn’t.

    …Portland Police Chief Mike Reese ordered the officers to change the profile pictures. Since the officers used their badges, Chief Reese said, it trumped the officers’ right to free speech during their time off the job.

    I suppose the police chief can make his own departmental policy. But recall the Ferguson police chief was pressured by the DOJ to force his officers to remove their “I am Darren Wilson” bracelets which they called inappropriate. I guess the DOJ doesn’t need to get involved with the inner workings of the Portland PD at this time.

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  17. Jefferson says:

    Michael Brown look a lot like the Compton rapper Guerrilla Black.

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  18. Curtis says:

    Just you guys wait until whites are a minority. Things will be rectified then.

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    Just you guys wait until whites are a minority. Things will be rectified then.
     
    Do you think we will actually get that far? You're quite an optimist!
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  19. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer
    @Jefferson
    Big deal that he clicked "Like" on a pro-Darren Wilson Facebook page. Darren Wilson is not a monster. He is not the devil. He is not a gangsta thug.

    The Left Wing is acting like clicking "Like" on a pro-Darren Wilson Facebook page is the equivalent of clicking "Like" on a pro-Adolf Hitler Facebook page. Michael Brown was no Anne Frank. Anne Frank would not be committing strong arm robbery and would not go all Floyd Mayweather on a police officer.

    Wilson was something much more dangerous to the average person than any “gangster thug”, he was an armed government employee. It is well past time to start disarming the cops. If they need the aid of someone with a weapon, let them ask a citizen for assistance.

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  20. That’s why it pays not to be on social media. Nothing good ever came from making your life and thoughts an open book to the rest of the world.

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    That’s why it pays not to be on social media. Nothing good ever came from making your life and thoughts an open book to the rest of the world.
     
    That's ridiculous. It's your opportunity to persuade them.
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  21. dearieme says:
    @JerryC
    I guess I just don't get people anymore. Why is this "Free Hug" kid crying? He didn't know Michael Brown from Adam. He lives in freakin Portland for crying out loud. Has the whole world gone insane?

    It’s reminiscent of the gush of overwrought emotion over Princess Diana. It made me feel a foreigner in my own land.

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  22. Jefferson says:

    I love the South Park Hate Crime episode.

    While sentencing Cartman to juvenile hall until he is 21, the Judge tells Cartman “I am making an example out of you, to send a message out to people everywhere that if you want to hurt another Human Being, you better make sure they are the same color as you are”

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  23. More like, it’s a potentially implacable foe of anybody who today doesn’t follow the dictates of Who? Whom? ideology at all times, now and into the unforeseeable future.

    Those of us who’d prefer something less banal cannot get there as long as we’re content to remain the whom. Only the whos get to decide that. It can’t be pretended away.

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  24. I for one am feeling “Ferguson fatigue”. I’m tired of it, tired of seeing it, tired of hearing about it. Its BS, everyone knows its BS. Just another media distortion to feed the narrative and fan the racial flames. I think we are doing ourselves a disservice by continuing to read about it, and comment on it. We help to give it “buzz” and keep it alive. As they say, all press is good press. Completely ignoring it and focusing on reality helps rob them of their ability to push this issue on us.

    Most likely, Ferguson is also helping to keep attention away from more pressing matters and serious Obama failures, like Grubergate.

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  25. One writer, Jonathon Jones

    Jonathan Jones writes for The Guardian. Jonathon is a long distance race. Or a long, long night with diarrhea.

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  26. eah says:

    went viral

    OK, so now it’s official — I hate that expression. Absolutely fucking hate it.

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  27. anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    “…Black Panthers…”

    And in the end it turned out that all the Black Panthers had ever been was another murderous Oakland criminal street gang who thought they’d found a ‘skip jail free’ card by posing a bit as cool commie revolutionaries. Come the Revolution!

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  28. TenD says:

    Please spread the word about the cop shot in upstate NY with his own gun while getting out of his own police car in March 2014.

    https://www.ijreview.com/2014/12/209722-new-york-cop-lost-life-shows-eerie-resemblance-way-darren-wilson-nearly-lost/

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  29. TenD says:

    Why does everyone know the name of the poor thug in Ferguson, but no one knows David Smith’s name, who was killed in upstate New York trying to protect people.

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  30. M_Young says:

    “It’s interesting that young Devonte appears to have been dressed like an extra from “Super Fly.” It’s fairly unusual for blacks to make sartorial choices on the basis of nostalgia.”

    I had the exact same thought. Then in emerged that the kid was raised by Lesbian moms; the wardrobe and an adolescent, black male bawling in public without shame both suddenly made sense.

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  31. @Curtis
    Just you guys wait until whites are a minority. Things will be rectified then.

    Just you guys wait until whites are a minority. Things will be rectified then.

    Do you think we will actually get that far? You’re quite an optimist!

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  32. John says:

    You will note the left seems to increase its usage of phrases or words that they find infuriates the right. But the right seems to abandon the use of phrases or words as soon as the left objects.

    Slightly related, it’s stupid when the MSM makes the tepid attempt to counter the narrative of Whites murdering Blacks willy nilly by stating that it is other Blacks that kill Blacks at a 93% clip. It merely shows that Blacks kill anyone in their vicinity, but the real counter is about Blacks killing Whites at absurdly disproportionate rates.

    The counter argument is that 90% of interracial crime is Black on White. That’s the thing that should be trumpeted all day long until it sinks in among Whites. The unreported epidemic is Black on White crime. The fact that they do most of the killing of each other is ancillary.

    Talking about Blacks killing Blacks instead of talking about Blacks killing Whites is a cowardly side argument indicating that they’re too worried about being called racist to counter the false narrative frontally and properly.

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  33. Bill says:

    Liking this picture as a definitive image of America’s race crisis is the equivalent of locking yourself in and turning up the volume to weep at Frozen while the streets are burning outside. Which is exactly what white Americans apparently want to do.

    I am a white American, and I’m pretty sure that what I want to do is pretty different from this. One might wonder: why is the American elite working so hard to radicalize whites racially?

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  34. Marc says:
    @GW
    You gotta love how the left views "coming together" and "improving race relations." Apparently if you are a police officer you cannot show solidarity with a fellow cop who recently had to beat unfounded media accusations and false witnesses in court to remain a free man, and has lost his livelihood and faces death threats due to some people believing such lies, all under the utilitarian guise that it will make black people unhappy and damage togetherness.

    Whites and police officers have to walk on egg shells lest they damage any progress, yet the dead unarmed black teenager's step-father is excused for inciting the riots which got businesses destroyed and people killed because losing your child gives you carte blanche.

    “yet the dead unarmed black teenager’s step-father is excused for inciting the riots which got businesses destroyed and people killed because losing your child gives you carte blanche”.

    He was her were shack-up honey, but the mainstream press has a narrative to push. By purposely promoting this falsehood, the Brown parents look more upstanding, and therefore more sympathetic. The Gentle Giant was actually raised by his grandmother, the same woman who was reportedly beaten up by these pillars of the community for being first to the market with commemorative t-shirts.

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  35. @JohnnyWalker123
    That's why it pays not to be on social media. Nothing good ever came from making your life and thoughts an open book to the rest of the world.

    That’s why it pays not to be on social media. Nothing good ever came from making your life and thoughts an open book to the rest of the world.

    That’s ridiculous. It’s your opportunity to persuade them.

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  36. […] 04-DEC-2014: Sgt. Bret Barnum, the Portland ‘Ferguson Hug Cop’ gets in some hot water for liking a Facebook post.  The boston.com article headline is, “Internet Turns on Once Beloved ‘Ferguson Hug’ Cop,” but the URL says, “once-beloved-ferguson-hug-cop-now-hated-racist”.  Whoa.  (HT: Sailer) […]

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