As Gun Ownership Rises In The United States, Black Imagery Shifts

As Gun Ownership Rises In The United States, Black Imagery Shifts

For(bes) The Culture How photographer Christian K. Lee and activist Paquita Wiggins are working to shift the narrative on legal gun ownership among African Americans Tylissa Frazier, 38, right, is embraced by her husband Kenneth Frazier, 35, outside of their home as … [+] they hold their fireamrs on Saturday, April 3, 2021 in Temple, Tx. “We get pulled over a lot so having a license will show that we are law abiding citizens,” Tylissa said. Christian K. Lee Dismantling the stereotypes connected to Black gun ownership in this country is the mission of two everyday citizens: Christian K. Lee, a photojournalist based in Austin, Texas and Paquita Wiggins, an LGBTQ activist residing in our nation’s capital. Both believe there is a misconception that lies at the heart of gun ownership in the Black community. Lee and Wiggins are working to change outdated notions they say deem being Black and armed as dangerous, threatening, and antithetical to what it means to be a law-abiding citizen in the United States. Wiggins and Lee are just two out of the many who want to change misconceptions about gun ownership in the Black community and put forth a positive narrative about Black America’s right to bear arms. With law enforcement mistrust and crime at an all-time high , according to Pew Research, these two myth busters see gun ownership as a means to create safe and thriving communities, as well as protect Black households and neighborhoods. As a gun owner and award-winning […]

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