George Floyd

I Got Tear Gassed at Baltimore's City Hall

If you are unwilling to do whatever you can to stop injustice, injustice is all the more likely to continue unabated.

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Race was invented right here in the Chesapeake—in Virginia, to be exact. For two decades after the English Civil Wars ended and King Charles II was restored to the throne, he used the Chesapeake colonies as a dumping ground for England's unwanted radicals. For several generations, meanwhile, Virginia and Maryland had been filling up slowly with African slaves. Add the ever-present Indians, and the English gentry was becoming even more outnumbered than usual.

In 1676, Bacon's Rebellion erupted. This was essentially a border war waged by Nathaniel Bacon, an Indian-killer and genteel rival of the colony's governor, William Berkeley. The height of the rebellion came when Bacon sacked Jamestown and installed himself as its ruler, forcing Berkeley to flee across the Chesapeake Bay. Bacon's army included not just white indentured servants but their fellow laborers-in-bondage, the Africans.

There had never been a large number of Africans in Virginia to that point, and the original ratio was about four white rebels for every one black rebel. They meant to dismantle much of the power of the colony's elites, and for a brief moment it looked as if they would actually manage it. A few months into the conflict, Bacon promised both freedom and land to servants and slaves.

But then he suddenly died, leaving his motley army leaderless. King Charles thought Berkeley was a royal screwup and dispatched Thomas Grantham as the king's negotiator. Grantham arrived with a portion of the Royal Navy to find a seriously dwindled rebel force. Right there on the James River, he called out an offer to the white rebels: Desert your black comrades and you will go free, with full pardons. In an act of treachery and cowardice which has lived with us ever since, most of the whites complied. Only about 80 rebels remained when Grantham swept the last of their ships, in nearly reversed ratios of white to black.

To make sure they never again faced uprisings of both poor whites and enslaved blacks, the Virginia burgesses wrote the infamous Slave Codes. These regulated slaves' interactions with whites, banned miscegenation, and—most importantly—defined slavery as a socioeconomic category dependent on one's skin color. Only blacks could be enslaved; everyone else (including Indians) was subject merely to indenture. Only people with black skins could be forever owned like machinery or cattle, and transmit that wretched status to their children. The Virginia model quickly spread to the other British colonies; it gave birth to the very concept of race.

So this is where it started. In hopes that it might end here too, I went to Baltimore City Hall Saturday night, where I locked arms with protestors of all colors, stood on the front lines pushing back against the riot police, trying my damnedest to reverse that Baconian ratio back to its original position.

Well, now I know what it's like to be tear gassed.

I won't belabor the history of race in the Americas anymore, nor will I bore you with all my reasons for joining in the protests. Suffice to say that I'm as sick of abusive policing as anyone else who tries their best to be good and decent. And the fact that police abuse falls most heavily on black Americans hits home for me: I married into a black family, I have a black son roughly the same age that Tamir Rice was when the police murdered him, and we all live in downtown Baltimore. My wife and I are always a little scared when our son goes outside to play. These atrocities have to stop, and we have to stop them.

I knew that a series of marches was going to converge on the Inner Harbor and that the ultimate plan was to form up in mass at City Hall. After my son ate dinner, I changed out of the Aristotle ("Private Property") shirt I'd been wearing all day and put on my much more fitting Albert Jay Nock ("Our Enemy the State") shirt. I masked up and set out on a long walk to join in. 

I arrived at City Hall at about 7:30, when the crowd was still fairly small. A line of police had formed behind metal barricades in front of the building. For the next 90 minutes or so, I alternately stood there staring stone-faced at the cops a few feet from me, walked the lines telling maskless officers to do what their precious governor ordered and mask up, and generally got out my anarcho-individualist steam by imploring them to find decent employment.

In their half-assed attempts to talk with the crowd and hear our pleas, one of the higher-ups claimed he was doing his job because he supports democracy—which, apparently, means we the people doing what they the police tell us to do. He asked what I do for a living and I responded that I'm an historian.

"So, what, do we just get rid of all the police?" he asked.

"Well, yes, of course we do," I said. "I'm an abolitionist."

I told him flatly that the best thing he could do for the democracy he claimed to love so much was to quit the police union and quit the force. He seemed like a decent and sincere person, but frankly that's not good enough. He walked away to talk to people more willing to hear him out and listen to his authority.

Later, another higher-up arrived in his squad car, bursting out of it with the usual bluster and walkie chatter. He wasn't wearing a mask, so I told him to comply with the governor's orders and mask up. Many of the officers I said this to did in fact mask up then and there. Others stared back at me blankly. This one laughed and pointed to a group of young black women behind me without masks. "What about them?" he asked.

I shot back: "Dude, you're supposed to be law enforcement. How about you do your job, set the example, and at least follow all the stupid laws you try to hold us accountable for?"

He laughed again, but he was getting mad. I was getting mad too. "I bet you're just itching for the chance to kill someone's kid out here tonight," I told him.

I didn't expect his reply. "Oh, you bet I am," he said.

The third officer I'll mention was a young black woman standing near me. She was mainly looking at the ground, obviously trying to avoid eye contact with protestors. A black protester started talking to her, person of color to person of color. She would neither answer him nor look at him. He pointed out that she is someone's daughter, and might be someone's sister, and perhaps has children herself who will soon be in the police's firing line. I turned then and told them what the higher-up had said to me about itching to kill a kid tonight.

She left the line, went behind the nearest cruiser, and visibly shed tears for several minutes.

Early on, some protestors smashed up a police car, spray-painted "FTP" and the like on nearby cruisers, and lobbed water bottles across the lines—which spooked the small number of officers quite a bit. But when the main contingent of marchers arrived, the situation broke loose. The officers on the scene immediately scrambled to distribute tactical gear and form up for battle. A few minutes later, the riot police arrived, shields and all.

First came the tear gas, unannounced, fired straight at us. (My mask and glasses kept most of it out, but it stung my lungs.) What followed was like witnessing a Greek phalanx moving to war, the rapping of nightsticks on riot shields. A line of us met them head on. "MOVE BACK" they shouted with every rap on their shields. A young woman next to me was trapped between a metal parking lot bar and the riot shields. I pushed the closest officer back enough that she could get herself loose and flee. The next officer over reached out and grabbed me, presumably to arrest me for "assaulting an officer" or something. They ripped that Albert Jay Nock shirt and tore off my mask and glasses, but I managed to wriggle free and to scurry back to the field of protestors.

I was able to find my mask and glasses again, and the rest of the night was—for me, at least—far less storied. I did my best to stay at the front of the line no matter what, whether standing up to riot police or just putting myself first in the potential firing line.

I implore all of you: Figure out which side you're on, and do it quickly. If you are unwilling to do whatever you can to stop these injustices, then they are all the more likely to continue unabated. If we who hate the state are unwilling to actually dismantle it, if we who have layer after layer of privilege going right the way back to those tactical Slave Codes are unwilling to put ourselves at risk, then the state will kill more of our children, our parents, our friends, our fellow beings. We have to undo that grand act of treachery and betrayal on the James River, that first deal with the white supremacist state where relatively powerless whites abandoned their black compatriots.

"When the people fear the government," Thomas Jefferson supposedly said, "there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty." Whether or not he actually said that, the statement rings true. Staring at those cops Saturday night, I saw it in face after face. They're scared.

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  1. Odds this person elected everyone responsible for the incident he’s protesting? Nearly 100%. The puppet theater were you protest the people you elect and then refuse to elect anyone else stops being cute when you injure/kill innocent third parties and break other people’s shit.

    1. But you don’t understand. It’s okay, he’s a white leftist so he’s entitled to speak for Black people, because they have no personal agency.
      They need billionaires like Soros and virtue signalers like Comegna to give them a voice, and that voice says “Riot and break poor people’s shit.”

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      2. Also notice no mention from this author about Black Africans enslaving their own since the start of the written record. Including Africans enslaving Africans and selling them to white europeans.

        I would say slavery in America was preempted by history of some 4-5000 years.

        It baffles the mind that Black and Jewish Americans vote for the Party that fought for slavery. Both groups have strong histories of being enslaved.

    2. “If you are unwilling to do whatever you can to stop injustice”

      Whatever? You mean like George Washington did?

      1. “If you are unwilling to do whatever you can to stop injustice”

        Speaking that kind of a sentence should always result in a large, powerful fist connecting with one’s jaw, providing a loud, satisfying crack!.

    3. What makes you think that? I didn’t see anything to indicate he is any kind of leftist, or even votes at all. He sounds like an an-cap to me.

  2. Bless your heart. Whatever you do, don’t read the comments.

    1. Why? Do you think people will jest about his wife’s black son? He should post a photo of his family on Reddit. He would probably get a few upvotes and some Reddit Gold!

      1. Who the fuck cares, except those deep into intersectional oppressed victim culture.

    2. He didnt get an education in school, so he is about to get an education.

  3. Someone should call the FBI. It sounds like Tony is planning to pull a McVeigh….

    1. Doctor Tony, to you sir.

      1. If he’s a doctor, why wasn’t he maintaining six feet AND wearing a mask?
        Did he put on a fresh disposable mask, or go home and re-sterilize his non-disposable mask once the cop pulled it off?

        1. Protesting is only a threat to humanity when poor, working-class, whites do it.

        2. Tear gas is a great disinfectant.

      2. Oh no! They hired commenter Tony!

        1. Reminded me more of de espresso.
          Or maybe eunuch, either impotent virtue signaling and self-delusion of being a “rebel”

          1. *with the

  4. Oh great, it’s yet another America-hating left wing anarchist pretending to be a libertarian. Welch picked this guy out himself no doubt.

    Do you consider yourself a member of “Antifa” bro? You sure sound like one.

    1. “Anarchist”

      Bitches like the author wouldn’t last 5 seconds in a world without police

  5. Race was invented right here in the Chesapeake—in Virginia, to be exact.

    Opening your article with an outlandish and bullshit claim is a good way to make me tune out.

    1. Who hired this idiot? Did we just suddenly forget about Exodus? Heck! Did we forget about the Greeks, Romans, Persians, and Arabs who commonly enslaved conquered tribes?

      1. Historian? Floyd should have his history degree revoked (assuming he studied actual history and not some social justice narratives).

        He does sound just right, though, for the NY Times Project 1619. Maybe he is auditioning.

        1. Maybe he got his degree in “New York Times Project 1619 History.”

        2. Sorry for the brain fart, that should be Comegna and not Floyd.

        3. “He does sound just right, though, for the NY Times Project 1619. Maybe he is auditioning[?]”

          YES!!! And it counts!

          Though the writers here aren’t usually so blatant about it. I have to admit, I tapped out about a third through this article, when I found myself eagerly anticipating the police’s tear-gassing of the author.

          1. I have my doubts that he actually did get tear-gassed. His article opens with brazen lies, I wouldn’t be surprised if the entire premise of his article is also a brazen lie.

            I suspect his next story will be to tell us he was at the University of Virginia and knows “Jackie” first-hand.

            1. I have my doubts that he actually did get tear-gassed.

              So, tempted by the thought, I read the full article.

              I can say with 100% certainty that he did not get tear gassed. He got smoked.

              First, a mask and glasses is absolutely ineffective against tear gas. You don’t exactly feel it in your lungs, you feel it in your eyes, nose and sinuses, and the back of your throat and it burns and you effuse saliva and mucus. You aren’t 100% incapacitated, but you aren’t recognizing other people are pinned against things and pushing people around and wriggling yourself out of people’s grasp. You don’t get tear gassed, knocked around by the police and then find your mask and glasses again. If you do, you leave the mask because it will still have that shit on it.

              Second, officers don’t march in to tear gas en masse. Tear gas requires dedicated filtration and precincts don’t usually keep a phalanx-worth of those on hand. Moreover, one is a crowd control tactic, the other is crowd dispersal mechanism. You deploy smoke with the phalanx so that people can only see the phalanx and go the opposite direction (rather than looking for a flanking position). With tear gas, many fewer officers are able to disperse a larger crowd because the gas drives people off.

              The dude is full of shit and isn’t even aware of how full of shit he is.

              1. Today I learned something, thank you.

                Never been either tear gassed or pepper sprayed before. Though I have been near when some idiot sprayed a small bit of something like that in the back of the restaurant kitchen. And there’s been a few times in my poorly ventilated kitchen with too hot of oil, and too free a hand with the chiles.

                As a mild asthmatic, I don’t want to get closer than that

                1. I’ve been indirectly pepper sprayed once, directly sprayed once, and tear gassed once. I can’t imagine asthmatics tolerating it well.

                  I’ve mentioned it to personal friends as well as around here before and it sounds like my experience jives with the people who went through basic training in the army where they deliberately expose people to tear gas.

                  This dude, a historian, doesn’t even to rise above that low bar of dimly aware.

      2. It was almost certainly Matt “I’m a liberal” Welch.

    2. And he’s an historian? Where did he get his degree (so I can warn others to keep their kid away from that university)?

      1. I sure hope that he never reads Julius Caesar’s Commentaries on the Gallic Wars. The idea that people thousands of years ago might refer to people by their race would no doubt utterly destroy his entire sense of being. Race didn’t exist until America, after all.

        1. “Julius Caesar’s Commentaries on the Gallic Wars.” Which is free at gutenberg, and is an amazing read. The insights in politics and human nature Caesar showed were breathtaking. It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking our ancestors were a bunch of benighted dumbasses, and not realize they were just like we are, only with often worse nutrition and technology.

          1. Humans keep getting dumber, but we do have more information

            1. ACCESS TO INFORMATION. Many people dont access the largest collection in human history yet the internet literally gives them access to it if they want it.

      2. Anthony Comegna is a historian, writer, and podcaster with a PhD from the University of Pittsburgh in early American and Atlantic history
        (Google knows everything)

        1. So, embarrassing for Reason and the University of Pittsburg.

        2. Boy, degrees dont really mean anything anymore.

          We are at a point that degrees actually symbolize someone who refuses to learn and apply knowEdge. The higher the degree, the more they refuse.

    3. Opening your article with an outlandish and bullshit claim is a good way to make me tune out.

      Click. Bait.

      It’s pretty much the entire professionally-written portion of the magazine at this point.

      The commentariate gets a couple more retarded trolls spouting off about all the anti-science Trumpistas that hate the jews and further equivocating between conservatives and Antifa, conservatives and democratic Governors and Mayors, conservatives and all the team-blue libertarians… and the whole thing will be beyond redemption.

      Any normal libertarian magazine and even a few not-so-libertarians would’ve Shikha to take a hike back when she was advocating purging books she didn’t like. Reason continues to print her with regularity.

    4. “Race was invented right here in the Chesapeake”
      This statement has to be the most American thing ever.

      I love you guys, but right or left, you all seem to think the universe began in the United States.
      For the Right the US is the fount from which all freedoms and good government sprang. For the American Left the nation is Pandora’s Box, and it’s working-class are evil trolls of oppression.

      This writer can’t fathom that all of this existed for millennia.

      1. This guy has an academic title in the field of history, and still made that claim. It’s utterly astounding. And it’s completely irrelevant to the details of the story that follow-he just spews ahistorical bullshit because he simply can’t help himself.

        1. Maybe he thought this was Vox?

          1. He really should go post it on Vox-there’s no comments section there so people in the comments won’t immediately point out how full of shit he is. They’ll actually lap up that shit about how America invented the concept of race and racism despite how comically easy that claim is to disprove.

          2. I feel like the ad that Reason posts to get their hires lately simply says “Would you like to work at Vox? Try the next best thing.” That would at least explain how Boehm and Suderman got here. After KMW told them they were hired they said “great, no can you please explain this liberaltarian thing to me? Am I saying that right?” Then KMW say “how the fuck would I know?”

      2. For the Right the US is the fount from which all freedoms and good government sprang.

        You realize how utterly retarded this makes you sound, right?

        It’s like you’ve never met anyone who actually leans right. Not even indirectly. You’re only conception of them is a caricature of a caricature. The Hollywood celebs and Bern bros. who think we should be more like Canada or Sweden are your conception of right-thinking right-wingers.

        1. You’re right, I was stereotyping.
          However stereotypes are stereotypes for a reason, and mine come from personal experience.

          Now I’m right-wing myself, but whenever I go visit my brother in Akron, his in-laws swing by quite frequently and like to talk politics. And every single one of them firmly believes that personal rights and freedoms weren’t a thing before the constitution.
          I’ve found the same attitudes with many American oilfield consultants that get posted up here.

          1. Also, did you disagree with my characterization of the American left?

            1. No, that was part of my irritation. The left’s view is multi-faceted and vague/analogous/metaphorical. The right’s view barely achieves one dimensionality.

              Even the right-wing, pro-gun, pro-cop ‘caricature’ that is/was Dirty Harry is internally conflicted as to how well the system works and how good the government actually is.

              1. Hell, the whole Dirty Harry theme is all about distrusting “the system” and Harry’s need to act on his own to obtain justice

          2. ” I was stereotyping.”

            And also being moronic and simplistic.

            A threefer, bravo.

            1. I mean, I get that sniffing and scoffing at Americans is something Europeans get with your mother’s milk, but all you’ve done is place yourself at about the same rhetorical level as the author of this piece.

              1. I’m Canadian, and you’re being disingenuous and using the same sort of rhetoric you accuse me of using.

  6. What a fucking idiot. Racism invented in Virginia in the 1600s? I guess all the other ethnic-based divisions around the world since some primitive tribe assumed they were naturally better than some other equally full-of-themselves idiot tribe does not count. (I will bet that Floyd thinks Americans invented slavery, too.)

    Get rid of all police? Sure, in some airy-fairy fantasy land where all the peeples live in blissful harmony. I supposed that means god rid of all laws, too. Maybe Floyd advocates each of us delivering justice as we see fit. That will be good for gun sales. (Hmm, I wonder how he feels about guns.)

    And marching, plus other loud, confrontational signaling, is always effective, right? I guess if that is all you know how to do, then by all means do it–because, Do Something!

    1. Reason should be embarrassed. If that is even possible.

      1. Not since KMW took over.

        1. But but but… She has danger hair!!!

    2. Nope, not even racism. The entire concept of “race” never existed before the 17th century in the USA. FIRST FUCKING SENTENCE.

      No need to read any farther. What the fuck is wrong with Reason’s standards when they’re allowing ahistorical nonsense to be shared on their website?

      1. Well, you clicked didn’t you?
        Mission accomplished.

    3. Edit: Comegna, not Floyd.

    4. Maybe try to understand the point he is making rather than dismissing it because you don’t like the choice of words.
      I think he’s still wrong, but I don’t think he is trying to claim that no one ever made distinctions based on race before. But rather that the incident was the origin of the American racial situation that we still deal with today.
      It was a terrible choice of words, but I think it is at least plausible that something happened that changed the way people typically thought about race.

  7. “I bet you’re just itching for the chance to kill someone’s kid out here tonight,” I told him.

    There are no possible circumstances that make this OK, be you protester, police or otherwise. You are part of the problem, not part of the solution. You owe another human being a heartfelt apology.

    1. Tony is a terminally butthurt anarchist masquerading as a libertarian so he can get a paycheck. Can’t blame him. His wife, her son, and Tony need to eat something more than canned beans.

    2. You assume that he’s not lying about the entire incident. He opens the article with BRAZEN lies, I don’t know why he’d start telling the truth about his own personal experience.

    3. That is a statement designed to induce anger in the person it is directed at, not to persuade them. If that was not was intended, then the speaker is a fool. What is the point of escalating the situation?

      1. If he gets hit, he’ll have enough social justice brownie points to retire to the University of Pittsburgh as a liberal icon, on par with MLK Jr.

  8. Race was invented right here in the Chesapeake—in Virginia, to be exact.

    We need to entertain the possibility that there is literally nothing too stupid for Reason.

    1. If this article was a storefront window, I’d consider throwing bricks through it.

      1. Well, maybe. But I for damn sure wouldn’t want anything inside – – – – – –

  9. Is there a way to flag this article as inappropriate content? We’ve talked a lot about Reason’s diminishing editorial standards but writing easily disprovable lies in the first paragraph goes far beyond anything I can recall. It’s on the level of the “Project 1619” propaganda pushing ahistorical non-sequitors as absolute fact.

    1. I wish there was man. Reason is my favorite news site but this definitely the worst bit of reporting I’ve read on here

      1. Let me introduce to Shikha!

        1. She doesn’t report anything though, she just shits on her keyboard and sends it in.

          1. Heck, even she is more tolerable. You recognize that she has one single position that she cares about, and she’s going to shoe-horn a way to talk about it into every single story. She makes bad faith arguments, but you know that she actually doesn’t give a shit about the other stuff she’ll pay lip-service to because she’s not really a libertarian; her policy idea happens to cover a position that some libertarians advocate.

            This guy just flat-out lies in obvious and easily disprovable ways. And he has a PhD in the field he’s lying about! What the fuck.

            1. Dalamia is a single issue writer? I haven’t noticed

              1. It’s really really subtle, but if you carefully read her articles, you might start picking up on a trend. I won’t tell you what it is, though, since I don’t want to unintentionally bias you. Hopefully I’m not just imagining things.

        2. So many options!

          So here’s my cri de couer to fellow conservatives: Banish this book [A Camp Of Saints] from your library. Purge it from your consciousness. This book should never have been admitted into civilized company, but especially not now ,when America is a polyglot, multi-ethnic — and, yes — multicultural country where Indian folks like us are likely to be your friends and family.

          – Shikha Dalmia (emphasis mine)

          Excuse me, but I have trouble seeing an essential difference between what Kyle did in Iraq and what Adam Lanza did at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

          – Sheldon Richman

          My personal favorite:
          Elizabeth Nolan Brown defends a repeat-offender burglar who was caught by a homeowner, a schizophrenic who drown her toddler, and a serial rapist of infirm elderly women because the county prosecutor was having an affair with a married woman.

          There are many, many other blunders (Robby Soave’s reporting on the Kavanaugh “job interview” deserves honorable mention), but these three are at the top of my list.

  10. Suffice to say that I’m as sick of abusive policing as anyone else who tries their best to be good and decent.

    Whiter people, the sentence.

    After my son ate dinner, I changed out of the Aristotle (“Private Property”) shirt I’d been wearing all day and put on my much more fitting Albert Jay Nock (“Our Enemy the State”) shirt. I masked up and set out on a long walk to join in.

    This whole thing is amazing. Are we sure this isn’t parody?

    1. I don’t know if I should congratulate you or condemn you for reading beyond the first paragraph.

      1. I’m only here to laugh at cosmo BS. Please don’t condemn me after striking this much gold.

        1. You earned it for sure, bravo

      2. You can congratulate me. I didn’t make it past the first sentence. I know a setup for a 2000 word argument for deceitful collectivism when I hear it.

    2. I alternately stood there staring stone-faced at the cops a few feet from me, walked the lines telling maskless officers to do what their precious governor ordered and mask up

      https://theihs.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/AnthonyComegna.jpg

      He laughed again, but he was getting mad. I was getting mad too. “I bet you’re just itching for the chance to kill someone’s kid out here tonight,” I told him.

      No you’re mad! LMAO

      1. Holy cow that might be the most punchable face in recorded history. He just LOOKS like an irritating cunt.

    3. Reason meets the Onion?

      1. If it’s parody, it’s the bland, humorous kind of parody. That’s not to say that it’s not but it’s trying awful hard to seem real for parody.

        1. humor*less* kind of parody

  11. Look at me! Look at me!

  12. What a fucking Billy Bad-ass. You go guy. Has eason done an article about these protesters? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=txThLwDhbD8

  13. Hmm. Reason has gone full leftist retard.

    The site should be renamed “Progress” and we can stop with the poorly disguised subterfuge already.

  14. “I married into a black family, I have a black son roughly the same age that Tamir Rice was when the police murdered him, and we all live in downtown Baltimore. My wife and I are always a little scared when our son goes outside to play. These atrocities have to stop, and we have to stop them.”

    The murder of Tamir Rice happened almost five years ago. I might understand the connection between Tamir Rice, your son, and you if this were happening five years ago. I’ll defend your right to protest peacefully, but why does what happened in Minnesota make you want to protest at City Hall in Baltimore?

    This seems like the kind of mentality that reverences futile acts because they’re well-intended and costly. This is like people making sacrifices to fight global warming–not because what they’re doing actually addresses the problem but because it scratches a religious itch to make sacrifices for a greater cause.

    A proclivity for this kind of religious thinking is hardwired into our neocortex, but if your goal is to persuade people who don’t agree with you that racism is wrong or should be extinguished in our police departments, then acts of futility and a commitment to making yourself a target of police abuse may not have the intended effect.

    Meanwhile, I haven’t seen anyone defend the behavior of the police officer who murdered George Floyd–left, right, or center. I don’t know of any public figure who defends racism by the police. Racism is real and so are racists, but sometimes the enemy is an idea, and protesting against an idea is . . . I don’t know that subjecting yourself to tear gas is about to change anybody’s mind when no public figures are in favor of racism.

    It appears to me that the primary political problem in Baltimore may be that it’s run by one party and one party only. There are 15 members on the Baltimore City Council, they’re all Democrats, and it looks like they’ve all been Democrats since anyone can remember. When you have a one party political machine running a city like that, invariably, decisions are made in back rooms for the benefit of public officials that should be decided for the voters. If a Democrat city council representative can’t lose his or her seat to a Republican because of how they voted, then they’ll vote to suit themselves rather than their constituents.

    The same people crying when the police are unaccountable are often the same people who vote for the Democrats that sign off on union contracts that make the police unaccountable. If the people who have been getting shit on by the Democratic machine that’s run Baltimore since forever keep voting for Democrats–and vote even harder when they’re mistreated–then maybe the ultimately problem isn’t just racism on the police force. Racism on the police force might be addressed if there were a legitimate threat that the Republicans might take over the city council unless there was change.

    What difference will protesting make if you aren’t willing to throw the bums out and vote for the opposing party?

    1. Of course, this guy is lying to us from the very first fucking sentence. I don’t know if it’s possible to accept that anything he says afterward bears any resemblance to reality.

      1. What’s important is that he really wants to feel important, so what happened to George Floyd in Minnesota and Tamir Rice in Ohio 5 years ago is deeply connected in some way to this loser’s current life in Maryland

  15. “Early on, some protestors smashed up a police car…”

    Can’t possibly imagine why the police would react negatively to that.

  16. Reason is now gaslighting its readers like a virtue signaling, suburban white mom that never had a black friend in her life.

    1. Karen, please pick up the white courtesy phone!

  17. Holy fuck, what a self-important douchebag. I can imagine meeting him:
    Me: Hi, I’m Steve.
    Anthony: I have a black wife and son.
    And is Mr. Historian here aware that societies enslaved each other thousands of years before America existed?

    1. That’s different.

      1. Because slavery not explicitly tied to concepts of race are so much less problematic.

  18. So, Stossel articles have a disclaimer that his views don’t necessarily represent those of Reason but this one doesn’t. This is antifa and Karen culture crap.

    1. The story about the importance of having the Second Amendment right to own a high capacity rifle or carry a shotgun to protect your business and your property from looters and arsonists is in the works and will be posted tomorrow morning, I’m sure.

      But don’t hold your breath.

    2. This is AWFL crap. Karen’s are calling calling for the 82nd.
      https://medium.com/@sgreer/dont-call-liberal-white-women-karens-call-them-awfls-4ca2256f16f7

      1. “There is also an obvious racial element to the joke, “Anti-white” is probably a bit too far; most of the people abusing the meme are white. But you couldn’t make Karen jokes if it pilloried another race.”

        All the Tameikas love “Karen” jokes.

        1. Eddy is right. The Karen is for all races, all creeds. For was it not the prophet, Ice Cube, who proclaimed, “A bitch iz a bitch.”? https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=_7wztW2nbh8

    3. No enemies to the left here at Reason.

  19. “My wife and I are always a little scared when our son goes outside to play”

    Because you’re a blubbering pussy?
    It’s ok. He’s black, so he can probably already beat you up, right?

    1. He’s a racist who thinks the black people in his hood are uberviolent.

    2. If he’s really so worried about his son going out to play, maybe he should flee to Guatemala.

      Fucking irresponsible gutless dumbass.

    3. His son is “black”. Ironically, this suggests he has internalized the “one drop” rule.

  20. Reason has done many dozen articles about police brutality, and the need for accountability. I haven’t read where even one Reason writer has recommended the arrest of ALL FOUR pigs in this debacle. Why not?

  21. I married into a black family, I have a black son

    “married into a black family” … “have a black son” … Is this just part of his general weirdness or is there some Tumblr/Reddit tier shenanigans going on here.

    1. It sounds like someone apologizing very, very hard for being white, and trying to get people to listen to him despite the fact that he’s white. “I might be white, but…”

    2. My first thought was; if the kid is really “black” and not “half-black”, then who is the father?
      Then I read through the article (I am desperate for things to do alone inside) and realized maybe this guy is impotent in more than writing.

    3. Hey, what about me? I have a black cat!

      1. Black dog here! /stocks up on bricks

        1. ‘If anyone needs me, I’ll be in my Lab…’

  22. The virtue signaling is strong with this one, he does realize the only people who care about that also hate him because he’s white, male, and straight, right?

  23. OT –

    Corey DeAngelis, of the Reason Foundation, does an interview over at Church Militant, a…militant…Catholic news site. Too bad it’s paywalled.

    https://www.churchmilitant.com/video/episode/micd-attack-on-homeschooling

    1. When does ENB get interviewed by these guys?

    2. so militant means what, they believe that the filthy protestants need to be purged or something?

      1. The goal with Protestant isn’t to purge them, which is silly since they’ve already ‘purged’ themselves. The goal is to return them. Stop projecting and start paying attention.

        Church Militant is a term that has different meanings to different people.

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Churches_Militant,_Penitent,_and_Triumphant

  24. I would expect this in the Atlantic or NYT or WAPO or hell even Salon but Reason? God the cosmo wokes at Reason really are a fifth column just like the LP head to destroy libertarianism and replace it with bolsehvikism..

  25. I told him flatly that the best thing he could do for the democracy he claimed to love so much was to quit the police union and quit the force. He seemed like a decent and sincere person, but frankly that’s not good enough. He walked away to talk to people more willing to hear him out and listen to his authority.

    Does the author not realize how embarrassing this is for him ? He’s the butt of the joke in his own piece.

    …”I bet you’re just itching for the chance to kill someone’s kid out here tonight,” I told him.
    I didn’t expect his reply. “Oh, you bet I am,” he said… I turned then and told them what the higher-up had said to me about itching to kill a kid tonight.

    LOL okay without having actually been there and judging from the tone of the entire article, the cop was clearly not being serious he thought you were a giant pussy and replied sarcastically to a pointless and inane question. Trying to use his response as evidence of anything is so lame. He didn’t say he was ‘itching to kill a kid’ YOU did motherfucker and he replied.

    1. You almost get the sense that Dr. Tony here may not be completely honest and sincere in his written discourse!

      1. I get the sense that he cries more often than his wife.

        1. And probably more than his stepson… who then slaps him upside the head and tells him to stop being a bitch

    2. The whole article smacks of shitthatdidnthappen.txt.

      1. Yup. Through and through.

  26. You got teargassed by police that work for the government of Baltimore, which has been Democratic for decades, just like Minneapolis, D.C., Houston, New York, and other democrat-run cities where cops have killed black men. Why does no one discuss this?

    1. Because modern journalism is all about deciding which facts the public shouldn’t know because they might reflect badly on Democrats.

  27. Reason has finally found a writer who can make police brutality seem like a good idea.

  28. “I married into a black family, I have a black son roughly the same age that Tamir Rice was”

    I’ve banged several black girls in my day. Some who may have kids roughly the same age that Tamir Rice was.
    Does that entitle me to speak for black people and go out and wreck shit?

    1. I lost my virginity to an honest to goodness Nigerian who was adopted as a refugee by Americans.
      I feel like I win

      1. She was cool, but her sister not so much

      2. Loosing your virginity to a Nigerian gives you enough virtue points to firebomb a Home Depot and wear a BLM “ally” pin so you can tell Black people how to protest.

  29. I was able to find my mask and glasses again

    It’s weird that it seems like I’ve played in grade school basketball games that were more destructively violent.

  30. All right Anthony, I’ma let you finish but first I’m going to tell you people some bullshit that is happening.

    1. 1. Governor Ducey, in response to ‘violent looting’ in Scottsdale, has PUT A CURFEW ON THE WHOLE STATE.

    Its not getting off to a good start though as a) several police departments have said ‘WTF, no, we’re not enforcing that’ and a lot of other areas the people are just ignoring it anyway.

    These fuckhead politicals always think Phoenix is the center of the goddamned world.

    2. I applied for unemployment at the end of March when I got laid off my last job. They told me I wasn’t eligible for that week because at the same time, my military retainer pay came in (monthly). I haven’t applied further yet I just got a check from the AZ DES for $2100! For ‘one week’. No wonder no one wants to go back to work.

    1. You 1%er

    2. When I went through the Obama unemployment situation for 6 months in 2009, it was only $300 a week or so. Which was about 30% of my normal pay. You had to apply every week or you wouldn’t get anything. Every third or fourth week you needed to go to the unemployment office in person to submit paperwork.

      They put the money in an account with the state bank of Missouri and you were issued a debit card to access it.

      When I was hired full-time, I stopped filing the claims, because that’s what you’re supposed to do. Apparently, someone at the state unemployment office didn’t push all the right buttons. Or maybe the weekly filing thing was always a farce. Because a year later I was served notice that I had over $17k in my unemployment account and was being ordered to pay it back immediately, or else. They had apparently continued to pay me for the entire time.

    3. I’m not knee-jerk against curfews applying to a whole state depending on circumstances. Here in Washington, looting has been progressively circling outwards from Seattle, basically hitting any mall area. Even some smaller cities on the other side of the state are seeing issues.

      My favorite headline from local news: Looting prompts curfews across Puget Sound; Seattle protests remain peaceful. (As in, peaceful yesterday because they already burned down sh*t on Saturday)

      This has gone way past protesting and into what happens when you have a bunch of young people who are unemployed, bored, and have been fed a steady diet of fear for two months.

  31. it gave birth to the very concept of race.

    Oh, FFS. Reason, where do you find these people?

    1. Also, did you know that Henry VIII invented religious persecution? Up until him, people of all beliefs and religions lived in perfect peace and harmony. Then he began disbanding monasteries and priories to seize their income and it was first time people of different religious creeds ever came into conflict.

      1. You are absolutely incorrect. We all know that religious hatred started right here in America when Trump took office.

        1. Thats ridiculous!
          It was when W got elected

  32. In other news, I saw where Walter Olson is retiring his Overlawyered blog. Always liked his writing, even when he was writing here, sorry to see him go.

  33. I didn’t get tear gassed at Baltimore City Hall, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night…

    1. Dear Unicorn Abattoir,

      We regret to inform you that we can’t accept your application for the open Senior Editor position at Reason Magazine. While your credentials are above our usual standards, the magazine as a whole is looking to go in a different direction and we don’t believe you to be an appropriate fit for the position. We wish you the best of luck in your job search and any future endeavors.

      Sincerely,
      Hiring and Human Resources Department
      Reason Magazine

      1. Even Ted Williams struck out now and then.

        1. Marry a tranny.
          I guarantee you’ll have enough social justice points for the job then

  34. Well, now I know what it’s like to be tear gassed.

    Well, I suppose you could have joined the military. I too know what its like to be tear gassed. Multiple times, in fact. And not in the open air, in a confined space with no place to run.

    And the fact that police abuse falls most heavily on black Americans hits home for me:

    There’s your problem dude – it doesn’t. If falls most heavily on *poor* Americans. Meth park living white trash in Mississippi and the barrio dwellers alike get the same shit. Its a power issue, not a race issue.

    . . . and we all live in downtown Baltimore.

    Whoa dude, how do you survive living in one of the biggest tourist attraction on the East Coast?

    Anarcho individualist

    The fuck? Either you’re an anarchist or you’re not. Same with libertarianism – all those modifiers are describing how you’re not really what you’re trying to claim you are.

    1. (My mask and glasses kept most of it out

      No, it didn’t. What it did was be diluted by the air before it got to you. Your flimsy ‘anti-covid’ mask isn’t stopping *any* of that shit and your glasses have big old holes around the sides that let air in.

      1. They ripped that Albert Jay Nock shirt and tore off my mask and glasses, but I managed to wriggle free and to scurry back to the field of protestors.

        . . .

        I was able to find my mask and glasses again,

        Wait, you’re saying the advancing wall of police then backed away past where they grabbed you so that you could find your mask and glasses?

        Or are you saying you made it all up?

        1. He completely invented some easily disprovable facts about the history of race and racism-I don’t know why anyone would expect him to be more honest about his personal experiences. This article is written by a charlatan, not a historian.

        2. Wait, you’re saying the advancing wall of police then backed away past where they grabbed you so that you could find your mask and glasses?

          In 5th grade I played basketball. Long story short, rebounding in the paint I bloodied a kid’s nose, knocked his two front teeth out, and broke his glasses with the back of my head. My grade school basketball game was more violent than this guy’s ‘protest excursion’.

          I’ll save everyone the stories of how I heroically broke people’s bones playing football in the name of racial equality and the time I got tear gassed protesting in favor of my University basketball team’s right to win a national title.

  35. Disgusted by the behavior of the bad cops.

    But reading this article, like it wasn’t just the “ready to kill” cop who showed up at that event itching for a fight.

    1. If you want to reduce police violence, you need to reduce the number of police by cutting their budget and taking away their toys including riot control/SWAT gear. Getting self-righteous in your face with them like the idiot who wrote this article is exactly what they want.

      1. The first thing to do is to stop training them that their life is constantly in danger and that the only thing keeping them alive is CONTROL of every encounter and interaction (which implies that any “threat” to their CONTROL is a threat to their lives). Their training ends up being mainly how someone might try to kill them and how to prevent it. Too many cops go into every on-duty encounter hyped on adrenaline and on a hair trigger for any “threat” to their CONTROL.

        1. Rioting will definitely help with that

  36. “So, what, do we just get rid of all the police?” he asked.

    “Well, yes, of course we do,” I said. “I’m an abolitionist.

    At which point everyone around him realized he was a quack for calling himself an “abolitionist” and assuming it clarified anything. Words mean things. While we could be in favor of abolishing several things, it’s very broadly understood what Abolitionism refers to.

    1. Pretty sure it’s a dog whistle to his fellow slaves who still struggle against the shackles of white oppression.

  37. “I implore all of you: Figure out which side you’re on, and do it quickly.”

    That’s a very heartfelt appeal to collectivism, and I’m sorry your favorite t-shirt got ripped, but hard pass. Hell with both your “sides”.

    1. Awfully nice libertarian publication you got there, be a shame if someone progressived all over it.

    2. “I implore all of you: Figure out which side you’re on, and do it quickly.”

      He should pray to his Spaghetti Monster that who he thinks is ‘the other side’, doesn’t take him up on his offer. Widespread political violence in this country is going to really, really suck for everyone. You would think a PhD in History would have given him enough perspective to realize that.

  38. “Race was invented right here in the Chesapeake—in Virginia, to be exact.”

    It’s nice when you can stop bothering to read an article after the first sentence. And skimming it after reading this sentence shows someone trying to inform me about history I might not know. But since the author thinks that race was invented in Virginia, I have no interest in any other nonsense he spouts.

    1. I sincerely hope someone points out to xim how xe is getting destroyed in the comments

      1. I sincerely hope someone points out to xim how xe is getting destroyed in the comments

        Likewise, but I suspect xe is an output-only device.

  39. https://twitter.com/bigleaguepol/status/1267314688141991936

    It’s that time of the year for Jesse Walker to re-up his ‘wildin isn’t real’ take.

    1. Stolen from elsewhere, but that clip really needed the start of Thus Spake Zarathustra to properly set the mood.

      Fuckin’ animals. I was expecting them to try and drag the blonde off camera.
      Hopefully the journos learned some situational awareness and that the guy on the ground wasn’t busted up too badly.

      So, Nixon v. Humphrey level beating by Trump, or Nixon v. McGovern? These clips couldn’t be a better advertisement for the Trump campaign.

  40. Silly me, I thought Reason was a libertarian publication.

    This writer hates my country. He should vote with his feet and leave.

    Maybe in some bizarro world he thinks he is somehow avante guarde by confronting and verbally harassing a police officer in the middle of a crisis situation. Meanwhile, back on Planet Earth, the rest of us think he is being stupid and asinine. That kind of stupidity will get people shot and killed.

    1. and it’ll be the wrong people

  41. The author “where I locked arms with protestors of all colors” while wearing a purportedly anti-Covid 19 mask. This a perfect distillation of his activities that night: a counterproductive gesture.

  42. Yeah Anthony. That’s a brave thing you did. I’m with you brother.

  43. Protests are good. Rioting is not. Way too many peopl, ON BOTH SIDES, are conflating the two. The media sure as hell can’t tell.

    When you bring a brick or a hammer or a motov to a protest, you’re not a protester. You’re a fucking nihilist. You’re shitting all over the actual protestors.

    Blacks are arming themselves to protect their own businesses and neighborhoods. Not to defend themselves from cops, but to defend themselves from whitey leftists running around with bricks and hammers and molotovs.

    Now I’m not saying Anthony Comenga did that, but I see a hell of a lot of people excusing the rioters, giving them a moral pass. I’ve seen libertarians do this in the name of the NAP. Wrong! Initiating violence against an innocent, no matter how angry you might be, is unacceptably immoral. Quietly looking the other way when it happens is to be complicit in that violence.

    1. “Not to defend themselves from cops, but to defend themselves from whitey leftists running around with bricks and hammers and molotovs.”

      And the local hoodlums looking to get some free shit.

  44. “He wasn’t wearing a mask, so I told him to comply with the governor’s orders and mask up. ” Lost it right there. You can’t claim to be a freedom fighter or to be seeking justice when you supinely demand that everyone else join you for a little pants-wetting groveling to unconstitutional, arbitrary, pointless orders from the government. I mean, do you even listen to yourself?

  45. So nw members of the Antifa get to pst one Reason? Really? I mean harassing a cop doing his job? This guy does not understand much of anything but what he hears on MSNBC. But for his edification. If you are in the Military or Law Enforcement you often stand where they tell you to. In some ways you are a cog in a giant machine. Failure to do as you are told can result in Jail-time for Military folks and firing for Law Enforcement. Ya, you have SWORN to follow the orders of those above you until you leave the Military or resign from your job. I would love to see all the cops in Baltimore quit and as that city burns, see what this clueless author has to say then. He probably will be angry no public servant would put their life on the line for him, his family, or his property.

  46. The people at the protest wanted to be on stage. OK, they got to be on stage. It’s just that the script called for tear gas. You should always read the script before you accept the part. This is the basic rule of show biz.

  47. I also notice Anthony’s blurb: “If you are unwilling to do whatever you can to stop injustice, injustice is all the more likely to continue unabated.”

    Some actions do NOT stop injustice. So basically what Anthony is saying is “we must do something, rioting is something, therefore we must riot”. Fuck Anthony. Burning down Black neighborhoods is not how you stop injustice.

  48. “I married into a black family, I have a black son roughly the same age that Tamir Rice was when the police murdered him, and we all live in downtown Baltimore. My wife and I are always a little scared when our son goes outside to play. These atrocities have to stop, and we have to stop them.”

    By voting for the party that has run the city for decades and led to all of these problems but, hey, they’re due to not fuck shit up once, aren’t they?

  49. “He laughed again, but he was getting mad. I was getting mad too. “I bet you’re just itching for the chance to kill someone’s kid out here tonight,” I told him.

    I didn’t expect his reply. “Oh, you bet I am,” he said.”

    Can I take “Shit that didn’t happen” for $1000, Alex?

  50. Wherein the author learns that the police don’t like being lectured to any more than the rest of us do.

  51. Historian my ass.

    I call you a liar, Anthony Comenga.

    Nice story you made up though.

    Stupid lines though ….
    “Race was invented here”, race seems to show up in the Old Testament as does slavery. Maybe I am wrong here, but isn’t that evidence it was not invented in Chesapeake, or even the USA?

    “They ripped that Albert Jay Nock shirt and tore off my mask and glasses, but I managed to wriggle free and to scurry back to the field of protestors.”

    “I was able to find my mask and glasses again”

    Sure, that REALLY happened! LOL They ripped your shirt off, tore your mask and glasses off, and they magically were undamaged by that violence, were not trampled in the riot, AND you got them back!

    Once again, I call you a liar, Anthony Comenga.

  52. The other thing, of course, is that rioters like to act in darkness because they can’t be identified. The cops have difficulties distinguishing the rioters from the protesters. So if you go out to protest at night don’t be surprised that you’re mistaken for a rioter. This should be apparent especially to someone with a PhD.

  53. 30/228 =14%

    Number of AA killed by police/total number of all Americans killed by police through March of this year. Too many in total but the % is 14%…not measurably different than % of general population of AA in the US. I do think militarization of police was a very bad idea but I don’t see systematic killing by police of AA compared to all Americans so far the year..if my stats are wrong please let me know

  54. History PhD’s are a joke..sorry they are. I listened to Tom Woods discuss this as he earned one but pointed out how few historians understand anything about economics and tend to be marxists as that is the only place (and english departments) where Marxism is still given any note.

    I would advise the author to get a real job producing something the marketplace values. Given he lives in Baltimore he can open a private school founded in Catholic and Libertarian Values…and use the Ron Paul Home School as the curriculum

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