Black Americans Have Always Been Excluded from Second Amendment, Says Author Carol Anderson

Black Americans Have Always Been Excluded from Second Amendment, Says Author Carol Anderson

The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution states that Americans and well-regulated militias have the right to keep and bear arms without infringement. However, with the police and other historically anti-Black institutions taking fatal action against Black gun owners, it can be said that people of color have never had the same right. “We’ve got to remove the Second Amendment from its hallowed ground … sitting in the middle of the Bill of Rights we have a right to control Black people … that anomaly has done enormous damage. We need to treat the Second Amendment the same way we treat the Three-Fifths Clause. Both were founded on Black inhumanity.” —Dr. Carol Anderson, Emory University “The Second: Race and Guns in a Fatally Unequal America” is a new book from Dr. Carol Anderson exploring the history of the Second Amendment in the context of the Black community. She writes that the amendment was written in the interest of Black oppression, and its protections have never applied to Black Americans. Listen: Carol Anderson on the racist origins of the Second Amendment. Guest Carol Anderson is a professor of African American studies at Emory University and author of “The Second: Race and Guns in a Fatally Unequal America.” She says the Second Amendment was specifically worded to support Black suppression in the time of slavery. “’Militia’ is the key word there,” she says. ”In the war for independence, the militia was not reliable … What the militia did do really […]

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