White protesters in Ferguson ordered to serve as human shields for black protesters.

Oh, the irony.

“While we appreciate the solidarity shown by White and Non-Black POC, want to remind folks of some things: Please refrain from taking up space in all ways possible. Remember that you are there in support of black folks, so should never be at the centre of anything,” the rules stated.

“Refrain from speaking to the media. Black voices are crucial to this.”

“Stand behind black folks or between us and the police.”

“If you see a cop harassing a black person, come in and engage. (chances are they are least likely to arrest you),” the rules stated.



5 responses to “White protesters in Ferguson ordered to serve as human shields for black protesters.

  1. Since when does a list of protest tactics equal “irony”? I don’t see an expression of one’s meaning by using language that normally signifies the opposite for humorous or emphatic effect. I don’t see any sarcasm, causticity, cynicism, mockery, satire, sardonicism, paradox or incongruity. Perhaps you meant to say “hypocrisy”.

    It is ironic that you didn’t know the difference…

    • If you can’t see causticity, cynicism, or a paradox in black protesters ordering white protesters to serve as human shields while they protest “racism”, you’re not as smart as you think you are.

      • No, I didn’t see any inconsistency in purpose, or a paradox, cynicism etc. That’s all coming from those judging from the outside. The writers of the rules are saying “You can participate, but this message is better served by having black faces at the front.” You can agree or disagree. Neither position indicates ‘irony”.

        I don’t assume I’m smart, so if I don’t know the meaning of a word I look it up. The misuse of the words “irony” and “ironic” is a well-documented recent trend in English:

      • I wasn’t aware there was a rule book of do’s and don’ts when protesting racial injustice. I do know that dumb black people ordering dumb white people to act as human shields while protesting racial injustice is ironic and, yes, hypocritical.

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