Small Michigan Town Greets BLM Protest with Snipers, Slurs and Pro Trump Chants
The sleepy town of Bedford, Michigan found itself in the center of a scandal recently when local School Board member, Todd Bruning, was found posting extremely violent, transphobic and racist content on social media, some in response to the murder of George Floyd.
Bruning, who also owns an arms business in Lambertville, Michigan called Todd’s Guns, boasts a prominent Trump 2020 on its front facing wall.
Reacting to the controversy, a small swath of Black Lives Matter protesters took to the street where Bruning’s business sits and marched toward it chanting “No Justice, No Peace” and “We Can’t breathe,” the haunting last words of both Floyd, who was killed by a law enforcement officer on May 25th, and Eric Garner, another unarmed black man selling loose cigarettes on July 17th, 2014. These are just two black men in a long succession that have been killed by authorities, often in the form of brutal street executions.
The peaceful protesters arrived an hour before dusk with placards and a megaphone to coordinate their unified demonstration against countrywide, systemic racism.
Unexpectedly, they were met with civilian snipers positioned atop the roof of Bruning’s business and heavily armed counter-protesters who donned Make America Great Again hats, American Flags and chanted “F*ck You, Get Out of our Town,” and “USA.”
Small skirmishes broke out as counter-protesters attempted to take aggressive action toward the peaceful protesters, including charging them with whistles and blowing them in their face as they lay in the street and reaching across or between the police divide, knocking phones from their hands.
Although the protesters were heavily outnumbered, they remained peaceful against racist slurs, retorts of “All lives Matter” and clear efforts to intimidate and provoke. Efforts to drown out the chants of “Black Lives Matter” came in the form of blaring US President Trump’s own rally theme song by Lee Greenwood, “God Bless the USA” at full volume from their cars.
Small and more rural towns that pepper the mid-west and southern United States are a microcosm of the greater racism emboldened by the current administration across the country. A clear indication of the toxicity being shaped by Donald Trump is not accurately represented in large, multicultural coastal cities, but in the deeply scarred heartland where attempts to stand against division, oppression and racism are often outnumbered, shouted down and not covered by mainstream media.
The source videos for this protest are here and below: