Ted Nugent, the pro-gun guitarist, posted a message on Facebook, sounding off on the grand jury’s decision not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson that which prompted unrest in the Missouri city.
“Here’s the lessons from Ferguson America- Don’t let your kids growup to be thugs who think they can steal, assault & attack cops as a way of life & badge of black (dis)honor. Don’t preach your racist [expletive] ‘no justice no peace’ as blabbered by Obama’s racist Czar Al Not So Sharpton & their black klansmen (sic),” he wrote.
“When a cop tells you to get out of the middle of the street, obey him & don’t attack him as brainwashed by the gangsta [expletive] you hang with & look up to. It’s that simple unless you have no brains, no soul, no sense of decency whatsoever. And dont claim that black lives matter’ when you ignore the millions you abort & slaughter each & every day by other blacks. Those of us with a soul do indeed believe black lives matter, as all lives matter. So quit killin each other you [expletive] idiots. Drive safely,” he continued.
While some agreed with Nugent’s stance on the matter, many lashed out.
“I like your music, but dude you are being a ‘race baiter’ big time,” one person wrote.
Added another: “So I’m guessing whites don’t kill whites?! You my friend, are a [expletive] idiot!” Said another, “If you’re not actively trying to make a difference, you have no room to talk.”
“I am a proud black man that stays in Greenville NC. So if have a problem with what I’m about to say you know how to find me . Ted you made some good points but there’s always a way to say things. I happen to be one of the few blacks that agree with the ruling but you calling names, isn’t right either. Mr Ted I understand your frustration and again you make some good points and I believe you’re very educated so please make your points without calling me names and I promise I’ll always give you and every white, blue or yellow person the same respect. Thank everyone for understanding and good morning,” another person wrote.
Billboard also condemned Nugent in an editorial.
“Additionally, Nugent draws attention to black-on-black violence as a means of confusing the issue. Nugent seems to imply that the people who are crying injustice at the Ferguson verdict are also very much in favor of black-on-black violence. I’m gonna go out on a limb and guess that those saddened by the verdict probably don’t like murder in any form, but maybe I’m presuming too much,” it said.
But a number of people agreed with Nugent on his page.
“It’s sad that Michael Browns life got cut short because he didn’t have the basic skills to understand not to commit robbery and not to resist arrest and not to attack a police officer,” one person wrote.
Said one, “The worst part about the events over the last 12 hours is that 90% of the people involved in the riots, violence, destruction and LOOTING were using this indictment deal as an excuse to just be violent, loot businesses and destroy more lives. Before the shooting these people had never met that kid, couldn’t have cared a bit about him before his death and now use his unfortunate death as an excuse to create havoc in their own town. These riots are not about race, not about justice for the family. It’s nothing more than a bunch of idiots seizing an opportunity to be reckless savages.”