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Monday, January 05, 2009

Mandating a culture of victimhood

The Violence Policy Center is now loudly proclaiming that the door-to-door seizures of legally owned firearms in New Orleans, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, was apparently somehow a good thing, in light of a recent article in the far left The Nation magazine, claiming that white, racist (and armed, of course) vigilantes waged a campaign of terror against innocent black victims of the storm. The article, "Katrina's Hidden Race War," describes some indisputably horrid behavior on the part of armed white people.

Herrington shouted at the other men to run and turned to face his attackers: three armed white males. Herrington says he hadn't even seen the men or their weapons before the shooting began. As Alexander and Collins fled, Herrington ran in the opposite direction, his hand pressed to the bleeding wound on his throat. Behind him, he says, the gunmen yelled, "Get him! Get that nigger!"
I'll admit to having some reservations about accepting at face value these "revelations," in a magazine that makes little secret of having an agenda, of events of which (as far as I know) there hadn't been a hint previously.

Still, I'll acknowledge that it's almost certain that there were white racists in the area at the time, that some were armed, and that it's far from inconceivable that some of them participated in atrocities, and used firearms to facilitate their evil.

What I cannot help but contemplate, though, is how unlikely it would have been for this evil, predatory behavior to have taken place had some version of the Deacons for Defense and Justice (whom I have discussed here, among other places) been present. Ironically, the article in The Nation quotes Professor Lance Hill, the author of what is probably the most important book about the Deacons, The Deacons for Defense: Armed Resistance and the Civil Rights Movement, although he was quoted only in reference to the racism that is undeniably part of the problem, with no mention of the possibility of armed black citizens defending themselves.

The title of the article refers to a "Race War"--certainly a terrible thing to contemplate--but not the most terrible thing. What the article actually describes, if it's true, is something more terrible still--a Race Massacre, in which at least eleven innocent and defenseless black people were murdered by armed, white, racist vigilantes, who have not faced punishment, and who probably never will (although again, I am not vouching for the veracity of the portrayal of events presented by the article--that is simply something I am not in a position to judge). If it had been a war, in the traditional sense, the black people would at least have had some capacity to fight back.

. . . But would be criminals if they did so under policies favored by President-elect Obama, who "believe[s] in keeping guns out of inner cities."

Disarmament of those who live in the inner city--a bigot's dream.


me said...

The new information should reframe our understanding of the catastrophe. Immediately after the storm, the media portrayed African-Americans as looters and thugs--Mayor Ray Nagin, for example, told Oprah Winfrey that "hundreds of gang members" were marauding through the Superdome. Now it's clear that some of the most serious crimes committed during that time were the work of gun-toting white males

So, the MAYOR OF THE CITY says gangs are running around, a guy who should know these kinds of things and somehow the only bad people in violent "chocolate town" are the whites?

Sorry, I can buy some of it, but I think most of the article is total BS, and just as racist as those they claim were doing the shooting.

Without functioning radios or dispatch systems, officers had no way of knowing what was happening a block away, let alone on the other side of the city. NOPD higher-ups had no way to give direction to unit commanders and other subordinates. As the chain of command disintegrated, the force dissolved into a collection of isolated, quasi-autonomous bands.

And we know cops weren't shooting blacks, exactly how?
Further on, it would seem that the police, coroner, and government of the shitty were/are as racist as the racists labeled as the militia.

The racist roots of gun control, on display, as are the consequences. The idea that "what works in Cheyenne doesn't work in Chicago" yet nothing of it in the fear mongering story meant to paint all white in the big sleazy as racist.

Kurt '45superman' Hofmann said...

I hear you, HH. Still, if everything in the article is true, I think it still makes a better case for armed self-defense than it does for citizen disarmament.

the pistolero said...

Well. Isn't that nice, more leftists making the RKBA a partisan issue — with allegations, to boot, that for all anyone knows could be completely and utterly made up! Classy people, yes they are. And one more time it makes me so very glad I am not a pro-gun lefty. No doubt they're all often left feeling like Sisyphus.

Glenn B said...

Oh my goodness, does my owning guns and being white mean I'll soon transform into an evil racist crimnal gun owner??????

opaww said...

I don't know if your interested in reading something I wrote about This subject about 2 years ago. If you are here is the link to it.


B Smith said...

Glenn Bartley:
Your being white and owning guns means you are ALREADY an evil racist criminal...

Brent said...

Dhimmitude, boys, means whites must forget self-respect and being armed. The liberals and jihadists are working together on that one. We're easier to control not having the ability to defend ourselves using the awesome firepower of guns.

Weren't there whites facing existential threats by blacks in the Superdome after Katrina?