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Negroes with Guns (African American Life Series)
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I was assigned to read this book for my 20th Century American History class in college and it's a crucial part of a non-fiction account in explaining how life was in the South during the Jim Crow laws and segregration in the 1950s until the Civil Rights movement was in full force.
The author writes from his point of view in a convincing and persuasive style in order to help defend his right and others to bear arms in the South and the NRA did support his right. In his home town of Monroe, North Carolina, African Americans were subjected to horrors of abuse and their perpetrators (almost always Caucasian) would get away from law enforcement.
Williams writes that he doesn't support violence with violence. No, he argues that for African Americans in his community, the right to bear arms and defend themselves is necessary since law enforcement, government agencies, and even the Monroe Police Department failed to defend their citizens based on race.
The stories here are true and horrifying about injustice to African Americans during this period. This book should be mandatory reading for everybody in the United States with regards to studying civil rights.
Williams found out about this the hard way when the police refused to assist him against a racist onslaught, but also when the NAACP turned on him too and revoked his NAACP charter for using a gun to save himself from being lynched!
Who would have thought that it would be the the NRA that would come to the aid of Williams and his beleaguered people?
Not exactly the image that the media would like us to have of the NRA, or the NAACP for that matter.
Please do not let the injustice that this man and his family suffered or the painful lessons learned here go to waste!
Read this book and take it's lessons to heart.
I wish politicians and self appointed 'community leaders' that use firearms as a scapegoat for other problems in the Black community would read this book. I wish people that use terms like 'Saturday Night Specia;' knew the true meaning of these terms and the racist intent. I wish they knew the real origins and purposes of gun control. These people should then understand that firearms ownership is not just a 'white thing' it is an AMERICAN thing and a basic civil right of ALL CITIZENS no matter what race.
Irony-- those people living in high crime areas who don't understand 'stand your ground' laws and the 'castle doctrine'and want to repeal these protections are the very people who would most benefit from them.
Know your history so that you will remain a free citizen, not a slave or a subject.
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I loved this book so much that I started buyin it for my friends. This book isn't just about history.....it's relevant! Good read!Published 1 month ago by Schailar Campbell
A book every black man who wants to understand the second amendment and how it relates to black people should read. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Romeo
Robert F. Williams shared the story of how people in his small town stood up against injustice and terrorism in the U.S. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Karen E. Hempstead
I thought Martin Luther King was supposed to be "non-violent", but here he is advocating guns.
He was also supposedly not a Communist. Read more