Guns Aren’t For Black People

I keep thinking about this, too: 

To ascribe this entirely to contempt for black men is to miss an essential variable, though—a very real, American fear of them. They—we—are inexplicably seen as a millions-strong army of potential killers, capable and cold enough that any single one could be a threat to a trained police officer in a bulletproof vest. There are reasons why white gun’s rights activists can walk into a Chipotle restaurant with assault rifles and be seen as gauche nuisances while unarmed black men are killed for reaching for their wallets or cell phones, or carrying children’s toys. Guns aren’t for black people, either.


3 thoughts on “Guns Aren’t For Black People

  1. Umm, I notice that neither the NRA nor Gun Owners of America have been encouraging black people to open carry–and there certainly has been no talk about their need of weapons to defend themselves against an oppressive government, although, as a class, they have more reason to think the government oppressive, as compared to, say, white suburbanites.

    But, the answer to the question was answered almost fifty years ago in California, when the Black Panthers began to walk around Oakland armed because of police excesses then. It took the California legislature almost no time at all to pass the Mulford Act, which effectively ended open carry in California.

  2. The California legislature…and Governor Ronald W. Reagan…

    I also contrast the recent spate of open carry lunacy with the hyperbolic fear a few years ago over the so-called “new” Black Panther Party…which apparently consisted of two or three people open carrying in Pennsylvania…which made Fox News amp up the coverage to crisis level…guess they were the “wrong” people open carrying.

    1. TWO guys, open carrying STICKS.

      But really, the Ferguson PD going all “military occupation” on their citizens, it’s only the open carry of RPGs that is likely to be enough to push back on the tyranny.

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