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Mon Jul 12, 2021, 02:16 PM

Scholar Carol Anderson on the "anti-Blackness" coded into the Second Amendment



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Do you know the real history of 2nd Amendment? As @ProfCAnderson details in her great new book: the 2nd was added because slave owning states wanted to be able to create militias to put down slave revolts. Here's my interview of Prof Anderson for @Salon

Scholar Carol Anderson on the "anti-Blackness" coded into the Second Amendment
Behind the Second Amendment's ambiguous language, Anderson says, is a white terror that endures to this day
salon.com
6:41 AM Jul 12, 2021


https://www.salon.com/2021/07/12/scholar-carol-anderson-on-the-anti-blackness-coded-into-the-second-amendment/

Carol Anderson is likely to trigger a lot of people on the right with her book about the anti-Black history of the Second Amendment, "The Second: Race and Guns in a Fatally Unequal America." But if anyone understands what white backlash looks and feels like it's Anderson, who also wrote the 2016 bestseller "White Rage."

In her new book, Anderson, the chair of African American studies at Emory University, shares a history of the Second Amendment that few of us ever heard, arguing that it was included in the U.S. Constitution after demands by slave states for a constitutional right to form militias to put down slave revolts. Anderson details how Virginia's Patrick Henry and George Mason expressed fears that the federal government would not help them defeat slave uprisings, and demanded that the Second Amendment be included so they could deal with such revolts themselves an acute concern in the slave-owning oligarchy of that time.

From there, Anderson traces how for decades the Second Amendment only protected the right of white Americans to own guns. In fact, states like Virginia enacted laws in the early 1800's making it a crime for free Black people to carry guns. In the infamous 1857 Dred Scott decision, where the Supreme Court ruled that Black people were not citizens, Chief Justice Roger Taney who wrote the opinion expressed the concern that if Blacks were to become citizens, they would have the constitutional right to firearms

Anderson draws a straight line from the racist history of the Second Amendment and its application to our society today where armed (and unarmed) Black Americans are treated vastly different by the police than armed and dangerous white people. She points to the contrast between the case of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, who in 2014 was killed by police while playing with a toy pellet gun, andwhite supremacist Dylann Roof, who in 2015 murdered nine Black worshipers at a historic church in South Carolina, but was captured alive by police.

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Mon Jul 12, 2021, 02:19 PM

1. It can be still heard to this day

When 2nd Amendment groups suggest more education in "urban areas".

Just heard it today on the local news as 2nd Amendment groups fight laws in Rhode Island.

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Mon Jul 12, 2021, 02:22 PM

2. K&R

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Mon Jul 12, 2021, 03:40 PM

3. Very interesting read.

Thanks.

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Response to Nevilledog (Original post)

Mon Jul 12, 2021, 04:05 PM

4. So why did every non-slave state add the right to bear arms to their state consitutions?

the slave states were going to violently suppress slave revolts regardless of the 2A. They were going to deprive AA of their civil liberties regardless of the Bill of Rights.

This may have been a factor in the 2A but it not the only or the largest. In New England, King Philips war was a larger factor than potential slave revolts in far away southern states - the need for armed citizen militias to defend hearth and home was a recent and bitter memory.

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