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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Why gun nuts should love Malcolm X and the Black Panthers.

In my last post, I talked about John Lewis whose philosophy was "Love is much stronger than hate."  That philosophy wasn't good enough for Malcolm X who preached a philosophy of equality by any means necessary.  It was in 1964 that he made his famed speech "The Ballot or the Bullet"

If we don't do something real soon, I think you'll have to agree that we're going to be forced either to use the ballot or the bullet. It's one or the other in 1964. It isn't that time is running out -- time has run out!
1964 threatens to be the most explosive year America has ever witnessed. The most explosive year. Why? It's also a political year. It's the year when all of the white politicians will be back in the so-called Negro community jiving you and me for some votes. The year when all of the white political crooks will be right back in your and my community with their false promises, building up our hopes for a letdown, with their trickery and their treachery, with their false promises which they don't intend to keep. As they nourish these dissatisfactions, it can only lead to one thing, an explosion; and now we have the type of black man on the scene in America today -- I'm sorry, Brother Lomax -- who just doesn't intend to turn the other cheek any longer...

So it's time in 1964 to wake up. And when you see them coming up with that kind of conspiracy, let them know your eyes are open. And let them know you -- something else that's wide open too. It's got to be the ballot or the bullet. The ballot or the bullet. If you're afraid to use an expression like that, you should get on out of the country; you should get back in the cotton patch; you should get back in the alley...
No, if you never see me another time in your life, if I die in the morning, I'll die saying one thing: the ballot or the bullet, the ballot or the bullet.
 
Here Malcolm X was going past the work of Martin Luther King Jr. who preached non-violent opposition or civil disobedience to wrongful laws.  His text of choice was the Bible.  Malcolm X rejected it and Christianity.  He believed in Islam because it came from Africa.  And he believed in using violence if it was necessary.  Though he didn't actually use a weapon against anyone, his philosophies led people to take up arms.  If Malcolm X had been involved in making sure that black people could register to vote, he would have had armed guards escorting them.   But Malcolm X was more of a philosopher.  He was about words, not so big on actions.

In 1960s there were bullets.  John F. Kennedy and Medgar Evers were assassinated in 1963.  Malcolm X was assassinated February 21, 1965.  Martin Luther King Jr. and Bobby Kennedy were assassinated in 1968.  Edwin Pratt was assassinated in 1969.  Several other world leaders were also assassinated in the 1960s, including Che Guevara. 

The Black Panthers took up arms to protect their community from the oppression of the police.  They took advantage of California laws which permitted carrying a rifle or a shotgun as long as it was openly carried and pointed at no one.   Violence begets violence and Black Panther leaders were shot at and killed in altercations with the police.  Everyone was afraid of them and even more afraid of the Black Libration Army which followed.

The message was clear, that if you didn't agree with someone's politics using a gun to kill them was the way it was dealt with.  And this is why I'm afraid of what is going on today.  It's not being a "libtard" as gun nuts have been known to call us. 

Gun owners are talking about resorting to any means necessary to fight the oppression of the government's assault on their 2nd Amendment rights to keep and bear arms.  They have no cause of ending some other horrible oppression, or of guaranteeing any other rights.  They just want to demonstrate that they have a right to keep and bear arms.  It could be a bloodbath.  In fact, some Black Panthers regret that their extreme views may have led to pointless violence beyond the pointless violence that transpired in the 1960s.

This alleged assault on 2nd Amendment rights is all blamed on President Obama and his being a secret Muslim who is anti-American.  It makes me sincerely worry that someone will take up a gun and off President Obama.  He is Black, he has a Muslim name, his grandmother is a real African. 

Yet no one here applies real logic.  If Obama were an anti-American Muslim, he would be promoting Malcolm X and being sworn in on the Quran of Malcolm X, not being sworn in on the Bible of Martin Luther King Jr. who was a Baptist minister and preacher non-violent of civil disobedience and Biblical unity among all God's children.

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