American Civil Liberties Union: Second Amendment Is 'Racist'
'Racism is foundational to the Second Amendment and its inclusion in the Bill of Rights'
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has been met with a severe backlash from U.S. patriots after claiming that the Second Amendment is "racist."
On Sunday, the "non-partisan" ACLU promoted claims that "racism is foundational to the Second Amendment and its inclusion in the Bill of Rights."
The ACLU enlisted Ines Santos to pen a news and commentary article headlined, "Do Black Americans Have the Right to Bear Arms?"
Santos, a communications intern according to her byline, 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."
Santos wrote the "vigilantism of widespread gun ownership puts Black Americans in an especially vulnerable position."
She goes on to claim, without evidence, that this alleged vulnerability is because of brutality and the human cost of discriminatory policing.
"The gun violence epidemic continues to spark debate about the Second Amendment and who has a right to bear arms," she wrote.
"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."
The piece was only three paragraphs and ended by plugging the latest episode of ACLU’s "At Liberty" podcast, which featured a discussion on the same topic.
But when the ACLU shared the story on social media, critics quickly slammed the concept.
Racism is foundational to the Second Amendment and its inclusion in the Bill of Rights.— ACLU (@ACLU) July 25, 2021
Learn more from experts Carol Anderson and Charles Howard Candler on this episode of the At Liberty podcast.https://t.co/9AjGALT1GH
"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," Boston Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby responded.
"You’re an embarrassment to your own history," Media Research Center vice president Dan Gainor wrote.
"No, the first gun control laws were created to prevent slaves from revolting, and to keep freed slaves fearing for their lives," the Libertarian Part of Texas responded.
"Restricting minorities right to bear arms has been the calling card of American racism, not the other way around."
Many others responded with thoughts on the ACLU's tweet:
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
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
I enjoy the ratio so much. @ACLU has always tried to stay silent about this right. Now their true colors are in the open for everyone. They are straight up supporting Authoritarian propaganda. If you still believe in them. You're an idiot. https://t.co/gYlr1gcShW— Dissident T-Rex small arms dealer (@TrexLonely) July 26, 2021
This is a lie. https://t.co/mAsh9Bfz7s— Article V Convention of States please (@philthatremains) 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
The only racism these days involving the 2nd amendment is blue states using it as an excuse to lock up people for carrying something they have a right to. This is why constitutional carry needs to be in every state in the union. https://t.co/ZcPUiPdbzW— RinAldrin (@RinAldrin_Lives) July 25, 2021
Anyone who believes this is not an "expert" on the 2nd Amendment. https://t.co/u7FRCfEGvh— Scott "Free Arie" Warren (@big_sarge1) July 25, 2021