I can’t speak for everybody commenting on the events in Oregon, but when I have posted about the state’s selective use of violence between white people and people of color I am not pointing out a “double-standard” of a white supremacist government – I am pointing out its consistency. The double standard reasoning asks for the same state repression visited upon people of color (think COINTELPRO) to be visited upon white reactionary movements too. This makes little sense because it does nothing to remove state or white supremacist violence. If anything, it further legitimizes it.
The flaw in reasoning here is a failure to understand that what appears to be a “double-standard,” or the selective deployment of state violence, in reality is the consistent maintenance of white supremacy. Not enacting state violence against white reactionaries is perfectly consistent with its historical inverse, enacting state violence against people of color. This is, in part, because state violence in the West has always been predicated on the oppression of PoC. In other words, the State as we know it today could not exist without white supremacy.
So when white reactionaries like those in Oregon seek to practice enclosure, the process of claiming a number of small landholdings to create one larger, which ceases to be common land for communal use, but rather restricted to one owner for privatization and capital accumulation, it is not distinct from Western settler colonialism, it is a mechanism of it. The sort of ideology behind their actions is consistent with state power. They merely want to be their own sovereign state, however small.