Juan Williams has this piece at the Wall Street Journal. I’ll start with Juan’s ultimate opinion and work back:
One thing you don’t hear much about in the discussions of guns: race.
That is an astonishing omission, because race ought to be an inescapable part of the debate…
I support gun control.
He’s a leftist, even if he’s one who’s on FOX news as a contributor, and even if he did get blackballed for saying some things the left didn’t approve of.
He doesn’t understand, however, that gun control is inherently racist. Juan Williams must not know the racist history of gun control:
Disarming blacks made blacks unequal, despite freedom from slavery. This contributed to the societal problems that led to crime and led to the opportunity to be oppressed later on.
Williams spends the rest of the article looking at the destruction of the black family, which is the effect of things like the Great Society, which replaced the family unit and the father with government. He blathers for a bit about how black and hispanic folks favor gun control “because they’re the victims of gun crime” he says, while ignoring that they’ve been chopped into ethnic Democrat voting blocs that typically fall in lock-step – all due to the same effects of programs like the Great Society that foster dependence on government.
That same subjugation by dependence on government and subjugation by racist gun control led to communities which could not defend themselves. Individuals had to rely on police for protection, often the same police that would oppress them, or otherwise ignore their communities and thus individual cries for help. Disarmed, only the criminals could defend themselves, while the law-abiding were left at the mercy of both gangs and racists. Due to being only a couple generations from slavery, the individual may not have been properous enough to escape a bad community; but again, the only reason the community was as bad as it was was because of government deciding what was best for black folks.
Every cause that Williams looks at for violence in the black community is the direct result of government interference.
Thomas Sowell wrote a few years ago about how Oakland, CA, used to have a thriving black community with thriving black-owned small businesses in the 1950s. Rather than improve when social programs were implemented in the 1960s, the entire community began to decline. He also notes that leftist judicial policies contributed heavily to the decline.
In short, it’s not the guns. The lack of guns made individual blacks defenseless and the black community less safe – criminals in armed communities know that someone may resist, whether those criminals are black gangs or white night rider terrorists. The interference by government in the form of gun control undermined safety, and the interference by government in social and economic aspects of life destroyed the family that was the building block of that society.
It’s the welfare state and government telling black folks how to live their lives that creates the problems. Further restricting the rights of black citizens – including gun rights – isn’t going to help. Restrictions of rights never help anyone of any color.
Just ask Otis McDonald:
The other half of the race and the gun debate story today was an email exchange involving racist black Alabama Democrat state representative Joe Mitchell, who demonstrated ignorance of his own history by going off on a constituent:
“Your folk never used all this sheit (sic) to protect my folk from your slave-holding, murdering, adulterous, baby-raping, incestuous, snaggle-toothed, backward-a**ed, inbreed (sic), imported criminal-minded kin folk.”
Except if you just watched No Guns For Negroes above, you know that the Deacons For Defense did “use all this sheit”, and if you know the history of the NRA during the civil rights movement, you also know that his colorfully-worded condemnation is completely bogus and woefully ignorant of the history of gun rights being used for black defense:
In Monroe, North Carolina, in 1958, Mr. Robert Williams reopened a local chapter of the NAACP. He enlisted the help of Dr. Albert Perry, a physician and leader in the Black community. These two men created an active and robust local chapter of the NAACP and worked for equal rights for the Black population.
However, Monroe was KKK country. The Klan included in its membership the sheriff, most police officers, several judges and every elected official in the county. As the Black population grew more organized the Klan became more brutal.
Mr. Williams was a former U.S. Marine who understood that force must be met with force, so in 1960 he turned to the nation’s oldest civil rights organization for help. He applied to the National Rifle Association for a local charter. The NRA issued him the charter and supplied firearms training material.
Officially sanctioned as the Monroe NRA Rifle Club Mr. Williams recruited other Black veterans. The group armed themselves and started training with their guns. This further infuriated the Klan but it also inflamed the white liberals who had previously supported Mr. Williams and Dr. Perry.
The liberals were no more interested in seeing Black men exercising their Second Amendment rights than the Klan was. The White liberals were only interested in the Black population attaining some rights, not in securing the full rights afforded all free men by their creator.
The Klan was quick to recognize that the Blacks no longer enjoyed the support of the White liberals and increased their harassment of the Black community. Armed Klansmen regularly drove through the Black section of town shooting into homes and shooting at anyone unfortunate enough to be out after dark. Frequently, these drive-by shootings were preceded by a police patrol car that scouted targets for the Klan.
Unable to disband either the local NAACP branch or the local NRA branch, the Klan decided to mount a full, armed assault on Dr. Perry’s home. They thought they could bring down the groups by eliminating their most influential leader.
The local NRA branch heard about the planned raid and quickly called a meeting to be held at the doctor’s house on that night. Well armed men showed up at the doctors house and prepared for the assault they knew was coming.
When the Klan arrived, instead of finding the good doctor alone with his family they found the house fortified with sandbags and guarded by armed men who knew how to use their weapons. A firefight ensued.
The Klan and their police support were no match for the local NRA members. The NRA members drove off the attackers inflicting unknown causalities on the raiders.
What we do know is that this was the last time the police joined the Klan in a raid in Monroe. It wasn’t the end of their support of the Klan, but it was the last time the police openly joined in an armed attack on a Black home in Monroe.
And on the off chance you don’t like that story, you can read basically the same one from PBS.
The point is the same, and John Bender at Federal Observer wrote it well over 10 years ago:
As Monroe demonstrates, Blacks should be among the strongest supporters of the Second Amendment. The Second Amendment puts teeth in the rest of the Constitution. It guarantees personal freedom far better than any paternalistic government program. In Monroe, as in much of the country, Blacks couldn’t look to the government for protection. The Klan controlled the government there. Their only defense was self-defense. The men in the local NRA showed that they were up to the task of defending themselves and their families. They didn’t need some elitist demigod to protect their rights.
Under the laws we have today the men of Monroe would be unable to mount such a defense. So called “Saturday Night Special” laws and laws against discount mail order sales of guns, price guns out of the reach of many low wage citizens. Registration and licensing laws would tell the Klan sheriff who had guns and allow him to round them up before any raid today.
If the sheriff in Monroe had access to the BATF’s national firearm files he could have disarmed the local NRA members before the Klan raided the doctor’s home. Instead of the Klan being driven off, things would have ended very differently. This story would be a story about just one more successful Klan raid on a defenseless Black family.