The Second Amendment serves white nationalist hegemony

The Second Amendment serves white nationalist hegemony

Michigan Judge Christopher Murray has blocked the ban instituted by Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson on open carry of guns at the polls in Michigan on Nov 3, Election Day. Including Michigan, five battleground states allow guns at the polling place, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wisconsin. This is blatant voter intimidation.

The United States is a country that creates narratives to create policies and shape minds. When the Pilgrims arrived in what is now Massachusetts in 1620, the tribes of the Wampanoag people prevented them from starving. As a thank you, the Europeans brought communicable diseases and enslaved them.

In 1643, William Penn said of the Lenni Lanape:

 “In liberality they excel, nothing is too good for their friend; give them a fine Gun, Coat, or other thing, it may pass twenty hands, before it sticks; the most merry Creatures that live, Feast, Dance almost perpetually; they never have much; Wealth circulateth like the Blood, all parts partake; and though none shall want what another hath, yet exact Observers of Property.”

A Winter of the west” Charles Henno Hoffman

The Europeans saw this and stole the Lenni Lanape’s land between what is now Delaware and New Jersey— in one of the United States’ first narratives of the “fair” and “honest” deals this country “offered” to the Indigenous inhabitants of the country they would later just outright steal.

You probably read about the finished draft of this United States’ “narrative” —the Manifest Destiny.

“And that claim is by the right of our manifest destiny to overspread and to possess the whole of the continent which Providence has given us for the development of the great experiment of liberty and federated self-government entrusted to us.”

John Louis O’Sullivan in an essay entitled Annexation, in 1845, advocating that the US admit the STOLEN Republic of Texas into the Union.

The United States learned quickly, in the beginning, to continue to enslave, murder, and steal from the Indigenous people of the country they stole and to continue kidnapping and enslaving Africans —they couldn’t have the people of the world viewing either of these two groups of people, as people or innocent.

They had to be dehumanized and demeaned. The average person will not sign on to kill and steal from their fellow person, at least not just for kicks. But if the person wasn’t characterized as a person or even better, portrayed as an enemy, well, that might be a better sell.

And it was a better sell.

Had the Indigenous people been even one fourth as violent as the Europeans said they were, the grand experiment of “America” would have never happened.

Fast forward to the modern-day. The European, now the white man, have ended slavery, because, apparently, Abraham Lincoln was a generous and just man, at least that was the story told in African children (now Black) history books.

“Slavery is founded in the selfishness of man’s nature —opposition to it is in his love of justice,” Abraham Lincoln, 1854.

On December 26, 1862 President Abraham Lincoln ordered 38 Dakota Indians’ execution in Mankato, Minnesota, in the largest mass execution in US history.

We didn’t hear that part of the story, because Lincoln freed “the slaves.” Lincoln murdering the people whose land the United States stole. That wouldn’t have been very consistent.

It is all about the consistency of the lie friends. 

The United States has been built on the backs of Black and Brown people and both of our names have been changed —to protect the guilty. Our histories have been hidden, and our borders and histories shift daily to fit whatever lie the United States wants to tell on a particular day.

The Samba, the Tchamba, the Daka, the African, the slave, the n*%ger, the negro, the Negro, the Colored, the Black, the Afro-American, the African American are not really African, according to the United States.

AND

The Nahuatl, the Maya, the Indian, the s*vage, the Native American, the Mexican, the *llegal, the Chicano, the Latino, the Chicanx/Latinx have crossed the border into OUR (white people’s) country “illegally,” according to the United States.

The Second Amendment was ratified to protect the Slave Patrol. The slave patrol is the basis for modern, publicly funded police departments. The Feds, the Border Patrol, ICE…the reason that Black and Indigenous people die at higher rates by these departments is no accident.

It is by design.

The wealthy created the Second Amendment, so white men could continue to kill Black, Latinx, and Indigenous people with the power of the narrative that Black, Latinx, and Indigenous people are violent. 

That Black, Latino, and Indigenous are stealing white people’s jobs. 

That Native American, African American, Mexicans are raping white women.

That Chicano, Black, and Indigenous are sucking up resources that could go to white people. 

That Black, Latino, Boricua, and Indigenous people are loitering in spaces where white people want to walk around and not see us.

That the Sioux Nation of Indians, Latinx, and Black people are STEALING THE WEALTHY LANDOWNER’S ELECTION.

The Second Amendment power needs to be stripped away. It is not about gun control or the right to defend one’s self. It is about voter intimidation and enforcing racist policies.

Stripping the Second Amendment is about stripping the lie away from white men that continue to feel they have THE RIGHT to kill people and deny them liberty just for being Mexican; for being Black; for being Indigenous.

Stripping the Second Amendment from our US Constitution isn’t taking away anyone’s rights, but the white man’s. 

Who else can use the Second Amendment, maybe white women?

I can’t use it, Xicano/Latinx people can’t use it, only white people can use it.

Twelve-year-old Tamir Rice can’t use it. He was sitting around with a toy gun, and white men emboldened by their Second Amendment rolled up and shot him. Philando Castile couldn’t use it when they shot him with 4-year-old Diamond Reynolds in the car, who said after the murder, “Mom, please stop screaming ’cause I don’t want you to get shooted!”

Stripping the Second Amendment removes the symbol and protection that white men have as their god-given-manifest-destiny right to murder people for just not being white. 

I’m not marching, writing, rallying, or silently sitting by to give “W2 employees” of white nationalist hegemony the right to kill me for voting, walking, and breathing.

The Second Amendment lie that is told repeatedly is one of the most potent tools the United States has at its disposal to deny liberty. I will not help to empower it, I will actively work to strip it us its power.


Teka Lo, Public Intellectuals

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