Talking and writing about race is difficult because most people don’t want to listen to the lectures and history lessons. It is taxing and herculean because you can’t make anyone sit down and listen. That can be said of transgender issues, feminism, immigration and so on.
But for one moment open your mind to this scenario. Two young boys around the age of 12 years old are playing in the park at noon. One is Black and has a toy handgun. The other is white and also has a toy handgun. Both are alone pointing their toys aimlessly. However, something changes. There are two men in the park who watching them. One of the men picks up his phone and calls the cops. Who do you think he called the cops on?
The second amendment means a lot to some people. There are some people who die fighting for that right to bear arms. To those people who will, there is no one taking your guns. No one will ever take your guns.
The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution reads: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
The amendment does not mean the same for black people. In fact we can’t use it the same and we can’t love our guns the same way whites can.
— Ricky Riley (@epicarthouse) June 4, 2015
In the same country, a 12 year old is shot down immediately for playing with a toy gun. A middle-age white male walks into one of the largest and busiest airports with a loaded assault rifle because he believes it is his right to bring a loaded gun of that magnitude into a public space.
What angers me so much is that blacks can’t enjoy the freedoms that whites enjoy. To be more specific, we, black people, can’t carry out our freedoms the same as whites. We have to self police our actions so that the real police don’t show up to escalate things that don’t need to be escalated. I don’t think Jim Cooley self policed himself.
There has been a long history of keeping weapons out of black people’s hands. In fact sticks, canes, dogs and anything else that could be used to incite a “Nat Turner style”- kill-white- people -bash was outlawed.
For example, in the French Black Code created in 1685 as an edict by King Louis XIV, the following was to be enforced by white slave masters:
We forbid slaves to carry any weapon, or large sticks, on pain of whipping and of confiscation of the weapon to the profit of those who seize them; with the sole exception of those who are sent hunting by their master and who carry their ticket or known mark.
However, until 1831 after Nat Turner’s rebellion slave masters were so afraid that new Black Codes were introduced that prevented enslaved black people from meeting without a white person present. Blacks were also denied the right to read, write, attend church without a white male present and could not have weapons or blunt tools without white supervision.
40 to 50 enslaved black people shocked the South but it only made conditions worse for black people. In the 1900s legislation like the 1911 Sullivan Act and the 1967 Mulford Act was introduced that was intended to disarm people of color, especially Blacks.
In the 1960s and 70s, the rise of the Black Panther Party in California made white citizens uneasy. Why would a group of black people exercising their rights to bear arms make white people uneasy?
“In the 1960s, the NRA continued to support gun control, a wave which was fueled by the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy, Senator Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, and the racial strife and violent uprisings in the nation’s urban centers. The organization actively lobbied in favor of the Gun Control Act of 1968, which banned gun sales by mail, and enacted a system of licensing those people and companies who bought and sold firearms,” according to writer David A. Love for the Grio.
Republican demagogue Ronald Reagan was governor of California doing the time of the passing of Mulford Act. He supported gun control because black people were realizing that they should have the freedom to bear arms, too.
Since the June 17 Charleston shooting, there have been three major mass shootings in this nation: Nashville, Lafayette, and Chattanooga. Personally, I don’t care if people have guns or not. But everyone has to understand that black people in this nation are not allowed to enjoy their guns the same way that whites can.
The reason behind this is the fear that blacks with guns will kill white people. The possibility of a race war makes the white population shrink in fear. After all, there is a reason to think that blacks would feel angry about the racial history of this nation.
But Dylann Roof, a 22 year old white male, did want a race war.
Let’s get this straight: After Reconstruction there was no race war. After decades of Lynching, there was no race war. After the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr and Malcolm X, there were no race war. However, Dylann Roof wanted one. He thought that killing innocent black people in church was the way to ignite such an event.
“Since 1982, there have been at least 71 public mass shootings across the country, with the killings unfolding in 31 states from Massachusetts to Hawaii. Thirty-four of these mass shootings have occurred since 2006. And forty-four of the killers were white males. Only one of them was a woman. (See Goleta, Calif., in 2006),” reports Mother Jones.
It is upsetting. I routinely get into shouting matches with pro gun “enthusiasts” about this. I don’t care about your guns. I care about pointing out the truth.
Crowds of black people are not allowed to carry Ak47’s with the same freedom and bliss as white gun owners because there is a “N*gger stay in your place” mentality running amuck in this country. A black person can’t play with a toy gun in Walmart, a child can’t play with a toy gun in the park, a black person can’t have a cellphone, wallet or anything because it may look like a gun because there is power in having and using guns and blacks are not allowed to have that power.
The NRA should start addressing that from time to time.
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