The acceptance of the left’s racial injustice narrative is so widespread in America that the purveyors of this highly corrosive ideology are more or less free to throw out whatever accusations come to mind with little concern for being called out in the media for a fanciful imagination.
Look no further than the American Civil Liberties Union, which claimed racism is “foundational to the Second Amendment and its inclusion in the Bill of Rights.”
An op-ed penned by ACLU communications intern Ines Santos, declared that “anti-Blackness determined the inclusion of the Second Amendment in the Bill of Rights, and has informed the unequal and racist application of gun laws.”
That’s one helluva take on these words: “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.
Titled, “Do Black Americans Have the Right to Bear Arms?,” the piece equates mass shootings like Parkland to “vigilantism.”
Racism is foundational to the Second Amendment and its inclusion in the Bill of Rights.
Learn more from experts Carol Anderson and Charles Howard Candler on this episode of the At Liberty podcast.https://t.co/9AjGALT1GH
— ACLU (@ACLU) July 25, 2021
“With 233 mass shootings so far this year, the issue of gun violence in the U.S. is all too familiar,” Santos wrote. “Tragic events like the Pulse nightclub and Parkland shootings go from being media spectacles to quotidian events at an alarming rate in a country that often heralds the Second Amendment above meaningful safety for all its citizens. The vigilantism of widespread gun ownership puts Black Americans in an especially vulnerable position given the brutality and human cost of discriminatory policing.”
Note the assertion that the U.S. “heralds the Second Amendment above meaningful safety.”
“The gun violence epidemic continues to spark debate about the Second Amendment and who has a right to bear arms,” she continued. “But often absent in these debates is the intrinsic anti-Blackness of the unequal enforcement of gun laws, and the relationship between appeals to gun rights and the justification of militia violence. Throughout the history of this country, the rhetoric of gun rights has been selectively manipulated and utilized to inflame white racial anxiety, and to frame Blackness as an inherent threat.”
Perhaps, Santos missed the heavily armed black militia members marching on Stone Mountain last year during the Fourth of July without law enforcement intervention.
The blowback to the overreaching piece was noteworthy, which is a generous way of saying the ACLU was buried.
Here’s one example from Boston Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby.
The ACLU has completely lost the plot. Meanwhile, the the National African American Gun Association, which began in 2015 with a single chapter in Atlanta, now comprises more than 75 chapters with 30,000 members. More here: https://t.co/M8N1BnwP8u https://t.co/NuhUNpRmmT
— Jeff Jacoby (@Jeff_Jacoby) July 25, 2021
Media Research Center vice president Dan Gainor declared in a tweet: “You’re an embarrassment to your own history.”
Here’s a sampling of some of the other responses to the story from Twitter:
You all just make stuff up.
— Jen Stroup (@JenStroup) July 25, 2021
Correction, gun control, is built on racism. All gun control disproportionally affects minorities.
— Joe (@JOE_CONTRERAS_) July 25, 2021
No. Racism is behind every gun control effort in modern American history. #allguncontrolisracist
— Ross Allen (@rossallen3) July 25, 2021
The ACLU is now waging war on the Bill of Rights.
ACLU’s position on the Second Amendment has always been nuanced: it’s an important constitutional protection, but one that’s collective, not individual.
Now they’re full on proclaiming parts of the Bill of Rights to be racist. https://t.co/1lhED1FImu
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) July 26, 2021
— David Harsanyi (@davidharsanyi) July 25, 2021
The two are completely unrelated. Completely. All this chalks up to is trying to push a false narrative. The ACLU is no longer even worthy of its own name. https://t.co/4vdet66Q9Z
— The Truth Caucus (@TheTruthCaucus) July 26, 2021
Pretty soon the ACLU is going to be arguing for the government’s right to quarter troops in your house. https://t.co/x7mEJrBPZO
— Kyle Shideler (@ShidelerK) July 26, 2021
Yes, throughout American history white, racist Democrats opposed free citizens’s right to bear arms because of skin color. (Also: Democrat Taney’s bigoted opinion re Dred Scott inadvertently reaffirmed 2A as an individual right — a right for all.) https://t.co/MmUXXiZLvx
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) July 25, 2021
All the usual errors on attributing gun violence, deaths, mass shootings, and the like are present. The ALCU apparently looked at what Giffords and their pal Chipman was spouting as gospel and forgotten the whole mission of objectively fighting for everyone’s civil rights. Oh how the virtuous have fallen…