Filmmaker Michael Moore on Thursday called for the release of all blacks jailed on drug sentences to be released, and for the police to be disarmed.
“Here’s my demand: I want every African-American currently incarcerated for drug ‘crimes’ or non-violent offenses released from prison today,” Moore tweeted.
Moore’s tweets were in response to the rioting in Baltimore earlier this week, which was triggered by the death in police custody of a 25-year-old black man.
“We have ¼ billion 2nd Amendment guns in our homes 4 protection,” Moore wrote. “We’ll survive til the right cops r hired.”
The “Fahrenheit 9/11” director additionally accused national law enforcement of practicing racial discrimination against blacks.
“And the rest who r imprisoned – I don’t believe 50 percent did what they’re accused of,” Moore tweeted.
“Lies, greed, a modern day slave system,” he added. “Poor whites 2.”
Moore argued “local cops now militarized” upheld this system of oppression. This status quo, he continued, undermines America’s deepest values.
“Founding Fathers said NO army policing our soil,” the filmmaker charged.
“Why do cops have tanks?” he asked. “Oh right – the Enemy: The Black Man.”
Moore also listed a summary of alleged grievances perpetrated by police departments against minority communities, especially blacks.
“Imprison u, shoot u, sever your spine, crush your larynx, send u to war, keep u poor, call u a thug, not let u vote,” he tweeted.
“But u can sing for us,” Moore finished.
The director’s screed was in response to violent protests in Baltimore earlier this week.
Riots erupted Monday over the death of Freddie Gray. Baltimore police on Tuesday arrested 235 people after confrontations in the streets.
The city additionally imposed a curfew between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. that will last through the end of the week.