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Why Is #OregonUnderAttack And Why Does Mainstream Media Refuse To Cover This Story



After Nevada rancher Ammon Bundy and allegedly armed supporters of his Ranchers' Rights movement occupied a federal wildlife refuge building in Oregon, social media users Sunday took to Twitter to express their outrage over the designation of the group as a militia instead of terrorists. People posting with #OregonUnderAttack highlighted the differences between the way this protest was depicted and how controversies involving black or Muslim people are discussed.
The protesters who took over the building said they were doing so in solidarity with Dwight Hammond Jr. and Steven Hammond, two Harney County ranchers set to report to prison Monday for burning federal land. While the Hammonds maintain the fire they set within their own land to contain pests accidentally spread, the prosecution alleged the father-son ranchers burned the land to hide evidence of poaching. Bundy has long been an advocate for ranchers' rights, following a dispute with the U.S. government over cattle grazing on federal land.

Headlines in Oregon and throughout the country referred to the group occupying the wildlife refuge as amilitia, after footage showed several of the protesters carrying firearms. Many users on Twitter were angry the group was not referred to as terrorists, saying the only difference was that Bundy and his supporters are white. At the time of publication, more than 310,000 tweets had been posted with #OregonUnderAttack.

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