Monday, April 6, 2015

See, Eye told you black folks don't have 2nd Amendment rights in the USA

The Cheetum family in Doerun, Ga., in 1950. Credit Bettmann/Corbis 

The Shirley Sherroding of Georgia Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) President Sam Mosteller.

You know the drill.  Take a snippet out of context and spin it like a top.
Breitbart News is reporting that Georgia Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) President Sam Mosteller has been suspended from the organization following his call for Black families to “exercise their Second Amendment rights” by arming themselves against police.
There's just one little problem, Sam Mosteller didn't call for Black families to "exercise their Second Amendment rights by arming themselves against the policeTHIS is what he actually said.
  “We’re going to have do something in our community to let the rest of America know that we are not going to be victimized by just anybody whether it be police or folks that decide that Black people are thugs and we need to control the Black community.”
He goes on to say, “You know, the SCLC stands for nonviolence, but nonviolence hasn’t worked in this instance. You stand there, (police) shoot. You run, they shoot. We’re going to have to take a different tack. Nobody is protecting the Black community! I am going to advocate, at this point, that all African-Americans advocate their 2nd Amendment rights.” In addition to calling on families to arm themselves, Mosteller is also organizing recalls of the sheriffs of all counties where unarmed Black people have been shot by police.
Mosteller is calling for black folks to exercise their Second Amendment right to protect themselves FROM the police,  not AGAINST the police.  Words matter.   And what is wrong with African Americans exercising their rights?  There is no out cry when whites exercise their right to protect themselves.
Gun sales in and around Ferguson, Missouri, have soared in recent weeks, as the city waits to find out whether a local police officer will be indicted for shooting an unarmed teenager in August, according to CNN. A grand jury investigation into the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown is expected to reveal its findings sometime this month, putting many residents who fear riots in the  wake of the ruling on edge. Some gun shops near Ferguson have seen gun sales double or even triple in recent days, local radio reported.  
“This is very abnormal,” Steven King, of gun retailer Metro Shooting Supplies in nearby Bridgeton, told KMOV News radio. “With all the rumors on the Internet, they are saying every neighborhood is unsafe, there is a possibility of a strike in any neighborhood.”
Despite public opinion to the contrary blacks have a long tradition of taking up arms to defend themselves of racial violence. 
“active self-defense against violence,” is a tradition that developed alongside nonviolent resistance, and that “even before slavery had been outlawed, Black Americans took up arms when their lives and livelihoods were threatened.”
Well we can't have black folks defending themselves when their lives and livelihoods are threatened in America
The historical record provides compelling evidence that racism underlies gun control laws -- and not in any subtle way. Throughout much of American history, gun control was openly stated as a method for keeping blacks and Hispanics "in their place," and to quiet the racial fears of whites.
So there you have it, if we want comprehensive gun control laws all black folks have to do is start exercising their Second Amendment rights....
If supporters of the right to keep and bear arms want their pleas to be heard in their proper context, they might consider talking a little less about Valley Forge and a little more about Jim Crow — and attempting to fill their ranks with people who have known much more recently what tyranny really looks like.
Eye am just saying.....

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