The standoff at a wildlife refuge in Oregon was never branded “domestic terrorism” by authorities or the media.
The Harris Neck protesters were mostly displaced descendants of West African slaves. The FBI described them as “squatters” – even though they stated from the outset that their intentions were very much political in nature.
It took decades of protests and petitioning the government, but after being continuously ignored, African American activists took over a federal wildlife refuge. While sites are drawn up in the debate over who is right or wrong in the Bundy militia stand off in Oregon today, it is worth noting that this group of activists did the same thing,