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Negroes and the Gun: The Black Tradition of Arms

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by edison bulb, Mar 22, 2015.

  1. edison bulb

    edison bulb Portland, OR Well-Known Member

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    I picked up this book the other day and read about 25% of it. I highly recommend this book! Every pro 2A and history buff should read this book now.


    "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 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.

    When I finish the book, I'll repost here with some of my favorite sections of the book.

    CWOUSCG Member

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    I've been saying for years that any Black American that is for gun control has no clue of their history and heritage.
  3. Stomper

    Stomper Oceania Rising White Is The New Brown Silver Supporter

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    Same thing can be said for those who think the DNC is the greatest thing since sliced bread.
  4. Hook686

    Hook686 Northern California Active Member

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    True and equally true for those that think the RNC is the greatest thing since pop-top Aluminum cans.
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  5. boogerhook

    boogerhook Seattle Well-Known Member

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    he is my favorite
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  6. Stomper

    Stomper Oceania Rising White Is The New Brown Silver Supporter

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    Well, you have to admit that they did a pretty good job on that "semi-cover" tune on "Walk this Way".

    I still remember the first time I heard it back in the 80's... middle of the night riding in the back of an armored troop transport in Central America, red night vision lighting lit up inside, the driver playing it through the speakers... it was so surreal. o_O

    OK, I digress... back on topic! :rolleyes:
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  7. tac

    tac UK, Oregon and Ontario. Well-Known Member

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    'Red Tails'

    Say no more.