Chris Hayes: Would Fox News Defend Bundy Ranch Supporters if They Were Black?

Monday night, MSNBC’s Chris Hayes used an essay on Slate about the Bundy Ranch standoff and race as a jumping off point to discuss how this story would be different if rancher Cliven Bundy’s armed supporters were black.

“When is it that people take up arms against the federal or state government, point their arms at federal agents and face no consequence for it?” Hayes asked. “The answer is to that is hardly ever.”

Hayes went on to imagine how Fox News react to the New Black Panthers if they decided to “greet law enforcement with long guns.” Or what if the Occupy Wall Streeters had been holding “rifles and sniper-scopes” instead of “drums and hand-made signs,” would Fox News have called them “patriots for resisting tyranny?”

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MSNBC contributor Michael Eric Dyson agreed with Hayes’ premise, saying that if the Bundy Ranch supporters were black, they would be seen as a “fundamental offense to the rule of government and the government’s respect in the eyes of the people.”

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