Sticker #405: The Second Amendment Protects Racism

Sticker #405The Second Amendment Protects Racism

by Joe Biel

Quick history lesson: Huey P. Newton, then a budding young attorney and co-founder of the Black Panthers, created the current interpretation of the second amendment in 1965 as a form of self-defense against a government that seemed intent on creating equal protection under the laws and then looking the other way. Fast forward a decade and through a disruptive coup, the NRA was seized in 1977 from its former leadership and adopted the Black Panthers' interpretation of the right to bear arms. Only across the next 40 years the organization pushed more and more to twist those ideas and protections into a racist interpretation under the law and events like those resulting in the death of Trayvon Martin.