Carol Anderson: The Second Amendment is anti-Black

Carol Anderson: The Second Amendment is anti-Black

The constitutional right to a well regulated militia and to keep and bear arms does not apply equally to Black and white Americans — just as intended. Carol Anderson lays out the evidence in her book, The Second: Race and Guns in a Fatally Unequal America . “The Second Amendment was really a bribe to the South to not undercut the Constitution,” said Anderson, chair of African American Studies at Emory University. At the Virginia ratification convention, Patrick Henry and George Mason shared their fears that a strong central government would leave the South defenseless in a slave uprising. Plenty of insurrections had demonstrated that the enslaved would fight for their emancipation too. Among the amendments in the Bill of Rights — freedom of the press, no state-sponsored religion, the right to a speedy and fair trial — the right to a well regulated militia for the security of a free state is a “screaming outlier,” Anderson said. That’s because its role was to assure that the “militia would always be there to protect the white community against the Black threat.” As the fledgling democracy took shape, states passed laws that prohibited free and enslaved Blacks from accessing guns and ammunition. The Kyle Rittenhouse verdict and Ahmaud Arbery trial illustrate the Second Amendment’s racist roots at work, Anderson said. Last week, Rittenhouse was found not guilty of homicide and other charges for fatally shooting two men and wounding another last summer. The then 17-year-old drove 20 miles across the […]

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