Monday, September 2, 2013
Gun Control Raises Echoes of Segregated Past for Some African-Americans
“Gun control has racist roots and when you deny people the opportunity to own a gun and to protect themselves, that is the epitome of racism,” he said. His thinking, he says, is shaped by America’s segregated past. As far back as the 1860s, gun control has been used to keep arms out of the hands of black people. After the Civil War, a group of discriminatory laws known as the Black Codes limited the civil liberties—like the right to bear arms—of newly freed slaves.