On Sunday, the ACLU tweeted their take on the right to bear arms saying, “Racism is foundational to the Second Amendment and its inclusion in the Bill of Rights.”
The ACLU’s podcast called “At Liberty” recently featured two guests, Carol Anderson, historian and author of The Second: Race and Guns in a Fatally Unequal America, and Charles Howard Candler, Professor of African American Studies at Emory University (ACLU). Anderson claimed both armed and unarmed African Americans are seen as a “threat,” and “anti-Blackness” is at the heart of the matter.
She additionally stated that the Second Amendment was established as a right to “bribe” the South to not “undermine” the Constitution and the U.S. Furthermore, she alleged that Southerners were afraid enslaved Americans would take up arms and destroy the South and therefore they needed protection for their “property” (Daily Caller).
Anderson’s sentiments are parroted by the ACLU on their website: “the gun violence epidemic continues to spark debate about the Second Amendment and who has the right to bear arms. 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.”
The piece by Ines Santos continues, “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.”
ARTICLE: ELIZABETH HERTZBERG
MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
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