A black pastor said a bunch of anti-face mask protesters, noting that most of them were white, assaulted him as he peacefully called for reparations for the victims of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre this week. What really happened was he approached them, and started preaching at and insulting them through a bullhorn. What makes matter worse is he wasn’t even insulting them over what they were protesting about.
The problem started when the Rev. Robert Turner, who claims to be the pastor of Historic Vernon Chapel A.M.E. Church, walked over to Tulsa City Hall, where a group of protesters were congregating, and acted like he took over the small group.
As Turner began to speak on a bullhorn, a woman approached and appeared to say something to him, but he continued bellowing through the bullhorn.
Then, the protesters erupted into shouts of, “USA! USA!” to drown him out.
“Hey sweetie, let us have our voice,” a woman said to Turner, who then lightly touched his arm right before moving a hand over the bullhorn to block the sound or trying to turn it off.
This was a classic Saul Alinsky move. You do something that annoys the hell out of people, but you don’t physically touch them. You do everything you can to try to make them angry, and then if one of them does something, like touches your arm lightly, you cry assault.
I find it difficult to believe Turner is a pastor, because no pastor I ever knew would do what he did to these protesters. Unless he got ordained by the Internet Church of Unlimited Credit, I think he’s a phony.
He interrupted their protest on purpose to instigate trouble. Some people might say the protesters also interrupted his protest, and they’re the reason why nunchucks were invented.
One guy stood in front of him asking, “How much do you need,” and began waving dollar bills around, trying to hand them over to him.
Another one held up a credit card and asked, “Do you take credit cards for reparations?”
Yet another protester is seen opening an umbrella in the pastor’s face to block any view of him. Clearly they were annoyed.
You might think they were being mean, but imagine if you planned to protest what you believe to be tyranny by your government forcing people to wear masks in public, then someone came along and specifically targeted your group to overpower your message with a bullhorn, and a message of their own about a racially-charged subject that has nothing to do with you, and accuses you of being a racist, you’d start to make fun of him too.
One protester held a sign with large writing “I CAN’T BREATHE,” above the smaller words, “with a mask,” obviously a play on the BLM slogan commemorating the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police.
More signs said, “Fire Fauci,” “My rights don’t end where your fear begins” and “Masks are a symbol of the false security we hide behind when we let the media and politicians dictate our medical freedom!”
In a statement obtained by The Tulsa World, Turner said he “felt emotions that were unlike anything I have ever known” when he approached the protest. I call bullschtein. They didn’t bother him at all, and from the looks of it, he’s a professional agitator.
“My very presence was the catalyst for an onslaught of anger and hate from my fellow children of God,” Turner said. “I now have a deeper sympathy for civil rights activists like Vivian Malone, James Meredith, The Little Rock Nine, and countless others.”
Yeah, okay, but those historical people didn’t instigate a group of protesters by calling them racists for no other reason than because they were white. The so-called reverend was showboating for attention.
“Today, people shouted ‘USA’ at us as though it was an attack — as though the United States was no place for Black men seeking justice,” the pastor added. “It is a sad day in Tulsa, but I will not be deterred in this fight. By God as my helper, I will endure this fiery furnace, and we as a people will make it to the promised land. Our people will know justice.”
The Tulsa Massacre was perpetrated on Black Wall Street in the Greenwood section of Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1921 when the terrorist wing of the Democratic Party, the Ku Klux Klan, descended upon the town, and murdered everyone who couldn’t escape and burn the town to the ground, because the black community was thriving on their own. How much you wanna bet Turner is a Democrat? To add insult to injury the Klan got the press to call it the Tulsa Riots instead of Massacre. Trust me, it was a massacre of innocents.
Turner said that he plans to press assault charges, however the outlet couldn’t confirm whether or not a police report was filed.
According to a Tulsa Police dispatcher, a complaint was made around that time about someone disrupting a protest. Officers showed up, but left the scene after a couple of minutes, according to the dispatcher.
Debbie Robertson, an administrator for the Facebook group “Tulsa Citizens Against Mask Mandates,” told the news outlet in a message that “Turner turned his bullhorn to full blast and verbally assaulted all of us.”
“He said all whites are racist and must pay him reparations,” she said. “He was so loud we could not hear our people speaking on our small sound system.”
“We were peacefully protesting,” Robertson added. “He could have chosen a different corner but deliberately walked right into our crowd and started all that. I tried to talk to him.”
Rich is syndicated opinion columnist for David Harris Jr. and owner of Maga-Chat.com. He writes about politics, culture, liberty and faith.
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