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How The Civil Rights Movement Changed Black Gun Culture

 

 

 

” The subject of guns is a volatile one in the black community: a disproportionate number of black Americans are killed by firearms each year.

  But Nicholas Johnson, a law professor at Fordham University in New York City, says black Americans have a long, positive history with guns. Firearms, he says, helped black Americans escape slavery, defend their homes and fight for their freedom. It was only after the civil rights movement that the public attitude towards guns started to change.

  He explores the hidden relationship between African Americans and firearms in his book Negroes and the Gun: The Black Tradition of Arms.”

 

 

   Thanks to the BBC for bringing this to light . Along with the civil rights movement came the social programs aimed at aiding the black community , which in reality have done nothing but generate a culture of dependency on the government , a loss of self-esteem and a permanent democratic voting bloc .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guns.com on Civil Rights Leader and Gun-owner Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

 

 

 

” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is best known as a man of profound peace, who applied Gandhi’s teachings ofnon-violent direct action to the plight of oppressed blacks in America, of course setting the stage for the Civil Rights movement.  It then may come as a surprise to some that the Reverend King, in keeping in line with Gandhi, believed strongly in the human right to self-defense and had even applied for a handgun carry permit after his house had been bombed to defend his family from the bigoted minds of that era.  He was denied.

UCLA law professor Adam Winkler explains King’s relationship with firearms in his book Gunfight.  He writes:

Most people think King would be the last person to own a gun. Yet in the 1956, as the civil rights movement heated up, King turned to firearms for self-protection and he even applied for a permit to carry a concealed weapon.”