The Second Amendment is a part of the Bill of Rights, the first 10 amendments to the Constitution that were designed to restrain the government by preserving particular rights for the American people. They’re generally considered to be among the most important parts of the Constitution since so many efforts by lawmakers seem to try and infringe on these sacred rights.
However, lately, there’s been a strong push to claim that at its core, the Second Amendment is really about racism.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) faced an online backlash Sunday after publicizing claims racism is “foundational” to the Second Amendment and its inclusion in the Bill of Rights. Critics accused the civil rights group of spreading misinformation and abandoning its own founding principles.
In a recent ACLU “At Liberty” podcast episode, historian Carol Anderson, a professor of African American Studies at Emory University, explained how “anti-blackness” determined the decision to include the Second Amendment in the Bill of Rights and informed its “unequal and racist enforcement over the last several hundred years.”
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/9AjGALT1GH
— ACLU (@ACLU) July 25, 2021
The episode, whose introductory page bears the title, “Do Black Americans Have the Right to Bear Arms?” and states 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,” blames “unequal enforcement of gun laws” on “intrinsic anti-blackness.”
In the episode, Anderson continues to highlight the alleged racism inherent in the Bill of Rights’ Second Amendment.
“Sitting in our bill of rights is the right to control black people, is the right to destroy the rights of black people and that is so fundamentally just inherently wrong,” Anderson said.
Yet Anderson is remarkably silent on the known racist origins of gun control. The very measures she appears to support by making these claims are, in fact, were originally intended to keep black people disarmed so white people could not just feel safer in general but also assault black men and women without fear.
The thing is, the ACLU should understand this. The group that once fought to preserve rights for even literal Nazis should be aware of the origins of laws that seek to restrain our rights.
Unfortunately, they washed their hands of the Second Amendment long ago. They seem to believe the Bill of Rights only has nine amendments.
Luckily, there were people who were willing to fight back.
Nah, y’all are just scared of Black people having guns. https://t.co/MkWNSAs6HJ
— Jenni Thee Libertarian (@theeliberty) July 26, 2021
ACLU logic in a nutshell: “In early America, voting rights were limited to white male property owners. Therefore, in modern America, NOBODY should have the right to vote.” https://t.co/AOfOaroG9B
— Black is Beautiful (@Mike___Kilo) July 26, 2021
— David Harsanyi (@davidharsanyi) July 25, 2021
And that link is to David’s debunking of Anderson’s book. Cam also debunked the claim a while back.
Yes, throughout American history white, racist Democrats opposed free citizens’s right to bear arms because of skin color. (Also: Democrat Taney’s bigoted opinion re Dred Scott inadvertently reaffirmed 2A as an individual right — a right for all.) https://t.co/MmUXXiZLvx
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) July 25, 2021
Honestly, you all get the point. The ACLU is catching a lot of backlash. They got the full ratio, too, which is a good thing. They need to be called on their crap.
However, it’s unlikely the ACLU will bother.
See, they’ve long ago made it clear that they do not care about the Second Amendment. They do occasionally stumble on doing something right, but they really don’t care about your gun rights. That’s why they’re pushing this nonsense as if it’s unassailable fact. It’s not.
But we see where the ACLU stands. Raise your hand if you’re shocked?