The 2nd Amendment Applies Only to White People?

The 2nd Amendment Applies Only to White People? January 12, 2015

For years — since Obama took office, not coincidentally — we’ve heard from the (white) right wing constantly about the need for (white) people to walk around in public, individually and in groups, while heavily armed to take a bold stand for the 2nd Amendment. Now that a group of black people are doing the same thing, that prospect is suddenly seen as ominous and disturbing.

The Huey P. Newton Gun Club (really? You couldn’t even use H. Rap Brown or Stokely Carmichael as a namesake?) has been conducting armed drills in Dallas for some time now.

The club was founded by Charles Goodson, described as a “31-year-old dreadlocked vegan,” and Darren X, who is the national field marshal for the New Black Panther Party…

“We accept all oppressed people of color with weapons,” Darren X told Vice. “The complete agenda involves going into our communities and educating our people on federal, state and local gun laws. We want to stop fratricide, genocide — all the ‘cides.”…

Given its frontier reputation, Texas is surprisingly one of the few states that doesn’t allow concealed carry. However, it does allow the open carry of firearms, which the group uses to an alarming effect.

Funny, I don’t remember the Conservative Tribune calling it “alarming” when a group of armed white people started patrolling Houston neighborhoods last summer. In fact, I’m quite sure they applauded it and loved the idea. But apparently the 2nd Amendment only applies to white people. When groups of white people armed with AK-47s and AF-15s hang around in parking lots, patrol neighborhoods or gather inside a business, that’s their God-given right. When blacks do it, that’s “alarming” and something must be done.

This is nothing new, of course. Gun control laws were pushed through after the Civil War to prevent former slaves from owning guns that they might be inclined to use against their former owners. And in the 1960s, the NRA and conservative hero St. Ronald the Magnificent were in favor of gun control when black civil rights activists started buying guns to protect themselves against the police.

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