Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Everybody loves the new reverse black codes. Well..except those that are dead from gun violence.

If you think that Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has recently found a soft spot for black folks, think again. His recent statement on gun rights has been receiving the *side eye* from some black folks. Any other time he is telling blacks to stop blaming the white man for their problems. But now he wants blacks to stay “armed up” to protect themselves from white men? Someone should tell Thomas to wait until Halloween to dress up as Nat Turner. He’s a little early for disguises…

The 2nd Amendment - A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

Sure it sounds easy enough when you read it. And it makes you actually wonder what all the fuss is about. But it appears that everyone wants to own the amendment for their own purpose (sorta like the Lebron James sweepstakes). I personally don’t have a problem with people owning guns. I owned a BB gun growing up. My parents ended up punishing me for pointing it at someone and I did shoot at this dude but those are minor details.

My personal opinion:

Pro Gun people have a right to own guns with the exception of all paramilitary style weapons. Hand Guns, Rifles, Shotguns are all cool and I support anyone that wants to own them. But to be completely Rambo’d out with the kind of equipment the “A – Team” used is a bit much. And if you belong to a Militia what is your sole purpose? Are you going around doing charity work and community service? Or are you waiting for the Russians to parachute into Calumet, Colorado to occupy the town?

Gun Control advocates have a right to ask for tougher laws in order to curb gun violence in the streets. Some neighborhoods are full of criminals and pre-criminals that will do anything to get what they want. Children in these neighborhoods live in fear because of the violence. But people in these neighborhoods still need to protect themselves. The police can’t be everywhere all the time. If someone breaks into your home, you might need a lil sumthin sumthin to keep them from doing damage. REAL TALK: Sometimes you need a “Roscoe” (For my Caucasian readers - A “Hood” term used for a handgun/ sidearm/firearm) to help you when you are in a jam.

One of the issues with gun laws is the racial component. People try to skirt the issue but it’s out in the open for anyone who wants to see it. The NRA and Gun Advocates just don’t care about the senseless violence that goes on in “The Hood.” It’s like the crack epidemic from the 80’s. When crack cocaine was in the ghetto running rampant no one cared. That is until the suburban kids started getting their noses dirty with cocaine. If you do a poll on NRA membership, I bet you won’t find too many members that live in the projects. Even Al Capone would shake his head at the number of murders in Chicago now. Things are so bad that politicians wanted to call in the National Guard. Should the NRA find this disturbing…sure! But will they…no! They see this as an attack on their rights. False campaigns waged against President Obama saying he is going to take away all the guns. Foolishness!! Obama’s hometown is littered with Guns. His Presidency hasn’t stopped guns from getting off the streets so the suburb and rural areas should be just fine.

I can’t believe as educated as this country claims to be, we can’t find a fair solution that makes all sides happy. Strict gun laws shouldn’t mean honest citizens can’t buy fire arms. The laws would be to keep dishonest citizens from purchasing fire arms. But if you even mention gun control, you will be labeled a gun-grabber. It’s a never ending case of the dog chasing its tail or is it the tail chasing the dog? So Clarence Thomas was right about blacks being able to have the right to defend themselves. But not from the Reconstruction era whites that were hateful towards blacks. The biggest threat of gun violence against blacks comes from other blacks.


msladyDeborah said...

Ah! The problems of the republic...I am pro-responsible gun ownership. It does seem that there should be a way for people to meet on middle ground on this issue.

I heard that people can own guns in Chi-town but they cannot take the out of the house. As if this is going to stop those who intend to use a weapon for whatever cause.

I actually agree with Uncle Clarence's opinion. If we all get rid of our weapons then only the outlaws will have guns.

Citizen Ojo said...

Msladydeborah - Clarence was right in away. But how he worded it...suspect at best. The good folks in the CHI need guns to protest themselves. It's like Dodge City there.

Constructive Feedback said...

[quote]But now he wants blacks to stay “armed up” to protect themselves from white men?[/quote]

Now Brother Ojo - why did you have to go and add this fabrication about Brother Justice Clarence Thomas?

What if he read the US Constitution, saw that 2nd Amendment rights were being oppressed and then voted to end the oppression?

Why the extra editorializing as you conger up what Thomas' motivations were?

Citizen Ojo said...

Constructive Feedback - I notice that you only respond to certain post that I do that involve subjects that you can argue about. First of all I refuse to call him Brother. I only use that term for people that would call me that in return. It's a term of endearment. Where is the Fabrication??

Thomas said - "It was the 'duty' of white citizen 'patrols to search negro houses and other suspected places for firearms.' If they found any firearms, the patrols were to take the offending slave or free black 'to the nearest justice of the peace' whereupon he would be 'severely punished.' Never again,"

He also mentioned the slave revolts led by Denmark Vesey and Nat Turner....

He didn't have to use that jargon in defense of the Amendment?? He was the one that said "NEVER AGAIN" not me. There are other reasons he could have cited. Nice try CF!! Have a good week.

Anonymous said...

You have to teach the young people how to use weapons, and why we use weapons. If we do not teach them how and WHY they are used, then the gangs will teach them. When gangs teach AA children how to use guns, the result is something we call "black on black crime". 

But if so much money is spent to create guns and bombs and warfare, is there not a true PURPOSE for guns? 

The purpose of guns (against humans) is to intimidate and ultimately kill the enemy. 

If a race and a people are last place in their access to health , wealth, and education... if a race was enslaved for 400 years, 15 generations, by institutionalized and uncompensated slavery across multiple continents.... would you not say they likely have had some enemies?

Until this people ORGANIZES themselves, ARMS themselves, and IDENTIFIES TARGETS, FIGHTS THEM AND KILLS their enemies, there will be no criminal justice, unemployment will be more than 4 times worse in AA communities than others in this country, and generally the psychology of the people will be to wait for a handout from a gun-loving country that was built off the backs of unpaid labor from their ancestors. 

Mix into this conversation, people like Gandhi and MLK Jr., loved and worshiped by all (esp AA's) for their peace and love preaching talk... but in reality, they deceive the masses with a psychology that keeps their people oppressed for centuries. Indeed, unless there is some cataclysmic and catastrophic event, it will take centuries to convince the people to abandon their MLK psychology, arm themselves and literally fight for justice. (see page 51, top paragraph)

If you don't teach the young people how and why to use weapons, they will misuse them and do so in a very uncontrolled and even self-destructive manner, as opposed to using warfare for the purposes intended. 

Constructive Feedback said...

My friend Brother Ojo:

Do you recall ever being as hostile against a Street Pirate that some Blacks referred to in an adoring manner? Let's say Tookie Williams? Or even have related to as in Omar Thornton?

I am not sure what your beef is in me calling "Brother Justice Clarence Thomas" - "brother"?

I know of no failing public school that Thomas presides over - yet the government officials in the city of DC don't seem to get called out by you.

I know of no Black community that has crashed economically by Thomas yet the politicians in Detroit aren't treated as hostile by you.

[quote]The NRA and Gun Advocates just don’t care about the senseless violence that goes on in “The Hood.”[/quote]

Brother Ojo - if I did a review of the Black press operatives such as Roland Martin and noted how much they focus upon REPUBLICANS AND GLENN BECK over GUN VIOLENCE IN THE BLACK COMMUNITY would you agree that they like the NRA "don't care" as they have other more primary focus points?