The shooting death of Michael Brown and the ensuing riots in Ferguson, MO has brought the crazies out of their caves and from under the rocks where they dwell. The incident itself has been blamed on systemic racism, but it is in the post-mortem blame where the race hustling insanity really shines. The Daily Beast went “full-Sharpton” yesterday accusing the NRA of racism for not joining the Ferguson riots.
The main thrust of Why Isn’t the NRA Defending Ferguson’s Blacks? is that because the NRA is a vocal opponent of police militarization and hasn’t joined in the looting and destruction they are hypocrites and racists:
The National Rifle Association has been warning us about the threat of a heavily-armed and dangerous government crushing dissent for decades…Their dystopian nightmare sounds exactly like what’s happening in Ferguson, Missouri…Yet somehow, the NRA seems to have missed the whole thing with the SWAT teams and the tank-like vehicles and the snipers and the LRAD sound cannon and the tear gas and the rubber bullets being trained on unarmed Americans. Not a peep from LaPierre on this extended assault on citizens of Ferguson, at least that I can find.
Here’s some alternate theories: It could be that the NRA is reserving judgment until all the facts are in, something the rioters, black activists, and even Missouri Governor Nixon have failed to do. Perhaps the lawlessness of these “protestors” is a turn-off to a legitimate organization. Or maybe, just maybe, it’s because Ferguson has nothing to do with 2nd Amendment rights, which is the only thing the NRA is concerned with.
Naw, it’s racism. It’s always racism:
If I were suspicious of their motives–and I am–I might point out that when I visited their 9 acres of militarized gun-fun also known as their convention in Indianapolis, I saw fewer black faces than in your average episode of The Dukes of Hazzard.
Is it racist that there are few Asian faces on Tyler Perry’s House of Payne? Is it racist that not too many Latino faces are in the crowd of the NAACP’s national convention?
As further evidence of the NRA’s racism, we a given a snippet of an NRA VP Wayne LaPierre speech:
We know in the world that surrounds us there are terrorists and there are home invaders, drug cartels, carjackers, knockout gamers, and rapers, and haters, and campus killers, airport killers, shopping mall killers…
To which the author notes:
Who do you think LaPierre’s speech is meant for when he mentions “terrorists” and “drug cartels” and “carjackers” and “knockout gamers?”
Notice how the author leaves out the “campus killers” and “airport killers” and “shopping mall killers” who are predominately white, also mentioned by LaPierre?
Ultimately, the author says because of racism, the NRA are hypocrites for staying out of Ferguson:
It is the exact nightmare the NRA has been predicting. And yet, the NRA professes no kinship for those being crushed beneath the jackboots. It seems the NRA is only worried about the civil rights of white people.
Let’s be clear about something: the NRA is the most colorblind civil rights organization on the planet. They fight for the 2nd Amendment rights of all Americans; every race, creed, and color included. Let’s not forget that the roots of gun control are steeped in racist policies to keep guns out of the hands of blacks, something the NRA has taken on since day one. There is not one single action by the NRA that favors whites only or suppresses minorities in any way.
Now let’s contrast that with the initiatives of civil rights groups like the NAACP, Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow PUSH Coalition, and Al Sharpton’s Action Network who all have a decidedly “blacks only” agenda. Even the ACLU only cares about whites when they are gay or transgender.
This accusation of racism against the NRA is completely without merit, but that’s what we’ve come to expect from the liberal white crybabies that write for scandal sheets like The Daily Beast. The fact that the NRA isn’t in Ferguson is about as relevant as the National Oceanic Survey sitting the riots out.