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BTR News – It is shameful how “liberal” white people have taught Black people to ignore very key elements of their survival in their centuries-long fight against racism/white supremacy terrorism in North America. Despite several scholarly works on the subject like “This Nonviolent Stuff’ll Get You Killed: How Guns Made the Civil Rights Movement Possible” by Dr. Charles E. Cobb Jr. or “Negroes with Guns” by Robert F. Williams or “We Will Shoot Back: Armed Resistance in the Mississippi Freedom Movement” by Akinyele Umoja, this history is not widely discussed or known in the United States. With Black people being showcased in the recent “March For Our Lives” involving miseducated Black youth and adults acting on emotions and being politically manipulated by liberal politicians who have had no problem arming police with military-style weapons and equipment to police poor and Black communities, it is important to push back against this agenda to leave us defenseless against historical threats and threats yet to emerge.
The featured video is an interview about the 2014 book “Negroes and the Gun: The Black Tradition of Arms“.
Chronicling the underappreciated black tradition of bearing arms for self-defense, this book presents an array of examples reaching back to the pre—Civil War era that demonstrate a willingness of African American men and women to use firearms when necessary to defend their families and communities. From Frederick Douglass’s advice to keep “a good revolver” handy as a defense against slave catchers to the armed self-protection of Monroe, North Carolina, blacks against the KKK chronicled in Robert Williams’s Negroes with Guns, it is clear that owning firearms was commonplace in the black community.
Nicholas Johnson points out that this story has been submerged because it is hard to reconcile with the dominant narrative of nonviolence during the civil rights era. His book, however, resolves that tension by showing how the black tradition of arms maintained and demanded a critical distinction between private self-defense and political violence.
Johnson also addresses the unavoidable issue of young black men with guns and the toll that gun violence takes on many in the inner city. He shows how complicated this issue is by highlighting the surprising diversity of views on gun ownership in the black community. In fact, recent Supreme Court affirmations of the right to bear arms resulted from cases led by black plaintiffs.
Surprising and informative, this well-researched book strips away many stock assumptions of conventional wisdom on the issue of guns and the black freedom struggle.