It seems these days that practically everything is “racist” in the collective Borg-like hive known as the modern American Left. Now, we’re supposed to believe the Second Amendment is rooted in racism. At least that’s what the far-left American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) wants us to believe.
“Racism is foundational to the Second Amendment and its inclusion in the Bill of Rights. Learn more from experts Carol Anderson and Charles Howard Candler on this episode of the At Liberty podcast,” the ACLU tweeted on Sunday.
Racism is foundational to the Second Amendment and its inclusion in the Bill of Rights.
Learn more from experts Carol Anderson and Charles Howard Candler on this episode of the At Liberty podcast.https://t.co/9AjGALT1GHtake our poll - story continues below
— ACLU (@ACLU) July 25, 2021
According to the Daily Caller:
Historian and author Carol Anderson claimed in a recent episode of ACLU’s “At Liberty” podcast that African Americans are perceived as a “threat,” both armed and unarmed, and that the common denominator is “anti-Blackness.”
Anderson argued that the Second Amendment is an “outlier” in the Bill of Rights and claimed it was enshrined as a right to “bribe” the South to not “undermine” the U.S. and the Constitution. Anderson claimed Southerners needed protection for their “property” and were afraid enslaved Americans could take up arms and crush the South.
The ACLU echoes the sentiment, writing on their website that “Anti-Blackness determined the inclusion of the Second Amendment in the Bill of Rights, and has informed the unequal and racist application of gun laws.”
“The gun violence epidemic continues to spark debate about the Second Amendment and who has a right to bear arms,” the ACLU wrote. “But often absent in these debates is the intrinsic anti-Blackness of the unequal enforcement of gun laws, and the relationship between appeals to gun rights and the justification of militia violence.”
“Throughout the history of this country, the rhetoric of gun rights has been selectively manipulated and utilized to inflame white racial anxiety, and to frame Blackness as an inherent threat.”
Naturally, this sparked a lot of negative feedback:
The ACLU had a good run as a civil rights organization but it's hard to see it as anything other than a leftist identity group now. They're even willing to lie about a civil right for cheap likes from their core demo. https://t.co/RAt9WS4moW
— Stephen Gutowski (@StephenGutowski) July 25, 2021
The ACLU is now waging war on the Bill of Rights.
ACLU's position on the Second Amendment has always been nuanced: it's an important constitutional protection, but one that's collective, not individual.
Now they're full on proclaiming parts of the Bill of Rights to be racist. https://t.co/1lhED1FImu
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) July 26, 2021
— David Harsanyi (@davidharsanyi) July 25, 2021
Nonsense like this is why I let my membership expire
— Caasiah (@caasiah) July 25, 2021
You’ve really gone off the end here. The Second Amendment doesn’t have an exclusion. It’s not “the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed, EXCEPT Black people”. THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS. Every single person has the right to keep and bear arms.
— Mads (@Saxon_Viking_) July 25, 2021
“A man’s rights rest in 3 boxes; the ballot box, the jury box, and the cartridge box.”
— The yote with no name (@foxy_Reynard) July 25, 2021
Gun control is RACIST, not the 2nd Amendment. Facts matter. You ANTI-civil liberty twats
— Kimberly Morin (@Conservativeind) July 26, 2021
You’ve got it entirely backwards. Gun control is rooted in racism.
— Torchiest (@Torchiest) July 25, 2021
There’s a whole lot more like this, but you get the point.
The Daily Caller further noted:
Black Americans were barred from owning firearms for decades, both before and after the Civil War. But the intent of the Second Amendment was focused on the individual right to keep and bear arms for the purpose of fending off an unruly federal government, according to writings of the Founders.
‘Black Guns Matter’ Founder Maj Toure told the Daily Caller that black Americans should arm themselves and not depend on the government. Toure explained that gun control, which is frequently pushed by Democrats, is rooted in racism.
Gun rights activist Colion Noir told the Caller that the “genesis of gun control was designed to keep guns out of the hands of black people.”
Which of course, is completely counter to what the ACLU is now claiming.
On a final note, Matt Barber reminded us in 2011 of the vision of ACLU founder Roger Baldwin:
I am for socialism, disarmament, and, ultimately, for abolishing the state itself… I seek the social ownership of property, the abolition of the propertied class, and the sole control of those who produce wealth. Communism is the goal.
“Communism is the goal.” Got that?
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