Martin Baker became a Twitter target as the only African-American to support Darren Wilson, the Ferguson, Missouri, police officer who fatally shot unarmed teen Michael Brown. There were about 125 people in attendance at a pro-Wilson protest and 124 of them were white. Then there was Baker, Guardian reporter Jon Swaine tweeted.
There are perhaps 125 people at this pro-Darren Wilson protest. 124 white people and Martin Baker, aged 44 pic.twitter.com/6DaAHPlQtT
— Jon Swaine (@jonswaine) August 17, 2014
He was one of the people who bought a dark blue shirt with a police-style badge that said: “Officer Darren Wilson -- I stand by you,” the Guardian reported.
“People are too quick to play the race card,” Baker, 44, told the British newspaper. “Lawlessness knows no color.”
He said the demonstrators in Ferguson “want to see more crime, they want to see things get disrespectful. And there are some of us who refuse to allow it to happen.” He also accused Brown of having a “criminalistic bent” after police revealed the teen allegedly stole cigars before he was killed.
Baker’s stance on Brown’s death ultimately led to ridicule from Twitter users. They took jabs at the 44-year-old and created memes with his picture that were shared hundreds of times.
Some of their comments have been posted below:
Martin Baker sitting with those white folk like pic.twitter.com/1Fp7g2Lkeb
— Shmalcolm X (@ProBlackBuilt) August 17, 2014
While Martin Baker is running for congress, his hairline is running from him. pic.twitter.com/2K9b0OeLqZ
— hey ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) (@iStanForLegends) August 18, 2014
Martin Baker... pic.twitter.com/JAAEFgCfvw
— Cephas ben Uthai (@EnigmatikBGDB) August 17, 2014
"And I really applaud Martin Baker in his support for Darren Wilson" pic.twitter.com/MHvWRTe5f0
— The Urban Sage (@intrepid_heroin) August 17, 2014
Baker ran earlier this month in the primary election for the U.S. House to represent Missouri's 1st Congressional District but was defeated by Daniel Elder. His campaign website outlines four principle beliefs: Respect for life, respect for the U.S. Constitution, belief in limited government and belief in personal responsibility.
"The time is now for a new liberty, a new freedom,” a statement from Baker says on his site. “Join us and together we will succeed."
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