Why Black People Own Guns
That's the title of the HuffPo story. Here's the intro:
Before the Revolutionary War, colonial Virginia passed a law barring black people from owning firearms an exercise in gun control as racial control. In 1857, in his notorious Dred Scott decision, Chief Justice Roger Taney summoned the specter of black people freely enjoying the right to keep and carry arms wherever they went. Surely, he argued, the founders were not so forgetful or regardless of their own safety to permit such a thing. When black people armed themselves against white supremacist attacks following the Civil War, Southern state governments passed black codes barring them from owning guns. After the Black Panthers open carried to signal to California police officers that they would defend themselves against racial attacks in the late 60s, then-Gov. Ronald Reagan signed a state ban on open carry into law.
In 2016, legal gun owner Philando Castile was shot after informing a Minnesota police officer that he was armed. Two years prior, Tamir Rice was killed by Cleveland police while holding a toy gun. John Crawford suffered the same fate in a Beavercreek, Ohio, Walmart.
So what does black gun ownership mean in a country so determined to keep its black populace unarmed? Since the 2016 election, interest in firearms has supposedly ticked upward in the black community. Gun shops and clubs link the interest to a desire for self-protection against the white supremacists emboldened by President Donald Trumps election.
HuffPost spoke to 11 black gun owners about their reasons for owning a firearm. Trump was a non-factor. Instead, they talked about wanting to protect themselves out of fear that no one else would. They talked about their anxieties during interactions with the police and their complex views on gun regulation. Where gun advocates often adduce the imaginary heroics of a hypothetical active-shooter scenario to their arguments, the black gun owners we talked to referred to specific incidents, specific provocations as if redlined, too, out of the fantasyland of American gun culture. And most of them returned to a sentiment as old as the nation itself: that owning firearms is a rebellion against a system bent on keeping them out of the hands of black folks.
Well worth a read. The rest can be found here: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/black-gun-ownership_us_5a33fc38e4b040881bea2f37?ncid=inblnkushpmg00000009
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have felt a deep fear of an AA with a gun. Castile, case in point. 11 year old Tamir Rice, case in point, John Crawford, two called upon because some racist white, fearful and hateful, of the black man with a gun, got two killed. An 11 year old with a toy gun, an adult picking out a toy present for a relative. Folks in this country are just racist pigs. The idiotboypotus proves ameriKKKans are stupid and racist people full of hate. Philando Castile told the cop he was a legal carry, cop shot the fuck out of him anyway.
Well it not all "yes mr. charlie" anymore...just can't be that way anymore. White people just have to deal with the fact that AA have a right to defend themselves in a racist culture that has always been full full of stupid hateful people. PERIOD.
he was black and the coward under authority of badge and gun...well having grown up in a time where the sheriff and his family, in that gentile white town in wherever USA, were picnic goes at the hanging of a black person, man, woman and child sometimes, Castile is just an historical extension, as the idiotboypotus is, of the inherent and now open racism of ameriKKKan culture/society.
Especially in the current climate, with a Klan apologist in the White House.
That's why I have to cringe at programs like the HUD "gun buybacks" of the early 2000s: condescending cant, through and through.
I'd really like to hear a response from the pro-control people.
The sentiments of African-American folks wrt firearms somewhat mirrors the thoughts of my own people. Native Americans are likely the most armed demographic in the country. I personally don't know of any household in my community without at least one firearm, and we own them because our long sad experience with the dominant culture has shown us that we can't rely on anyone else to defend us. As a broad group on a national level, we are also the most reliable Democratic voting population in the country, at 98% or better, even though we understand that politicians of any stripe are generally liars and crooks
It doesn't fit in with a certain narrative...same with female gun owners, without being able to make a certain anatomical reference they're at a loss.