Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) made a peculiar historical analogy about the unrest in Ferguson, Mo. on Monday, comparing those protesting the police killing of Michael Brown to the white supremacist who killed civil rights icon Medgar Evers.
“Some of the protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, remind me of historic figures. But not the ones they think,” the former governor wrote on his blog in a post titled, “The Right To Protest.”
Huckabee wrote that certain demonstrators have been “threatening violence” if officer Darren Wilson is not indicted in the upcoming decision by a grand jury.
He compared them to “lynch mobs” seeking “mob justice.”
“The real heroes of racial justice were peaceful protesters like the Rev. Martin Luther King,” Huckabee continued. “Today, every town has a street named after him.”
“You don’t see any monuments to Bull Connor or the killers of Medgar Evers,” he said.
Evers was a black civil rights activist in Mississippi who was murdered by a segregationist and member of the supremacist White Citizens Council. Bull Connor was the Commissioner of Public Safety in Birmingham, Ala. infamous for his enforcement of racial segregation.