Don’t Let Fear Suppress Your Rights
Last week at the super #woke Starbucks, two black men were arrested for trespassing after being asked to leave because they had not made a purchase and refused to leave the coffee establishment. That lead to an apology from Starbucks, an apology from the police, and Starbucks shutting down for an afternoon in May to train their employees how not to be racist.
Joy Reid used this incident to bring up suppressing gun ownership in the black community due to fear.
Joy Reid of MSNBC and Killer Mike had a conversation where she asked him about his encouragement of black people to be able to protect themselves with firearms. This conversation stemmed out of a conversation that Killer Mike had with Colion Noir on NRA TV which caused a lot of backlash to Killer Mike.
She used the Starbucks incident as an example that if the (black) men who refused to leave after attempting to occupy the establishment without actually being a customer were armed, they would most likely be dead (because cops are looking to kill black people).
You can see the video of their “conversation” below. Specifically, the 9:35-time mark to see the Starbucks conversation.
In another conversation with a friend, he referenced the Philando Castile incident where he was shot and killed by a police officer during a traffic stop as a reason for being hesitant to carry his legally owned firearm.
decades centuries, we as black people have been fighting for our rights. We have been fighting for equality. We have been fighting for rights that we shouldn’t have to fight for. However, as we are winning the fight for those rights, we are told we should give them up out of fear that something “bad” might happen to us when we exercise those rights. We might die because we fight for our rights.
Let’s take a stroll down memory lane.
With the logic that if we exercise our rights, we might die, slavery would have never ended. Harriet Tubman along with the many others who helped slaves escape to freedom (a God-given right) would have never happened. Harriet Tubman, as well as everyone else on the Underground Railroad, risked their lives to exercise their natural right to freedom. After the slaves were “legally” freed, all those who left the plantations put their lives at risk in search of their own future and lives in their new “given” freedom.
If we listen to the logic of Joy Reids of the world, we would still be enslaved.
Marriage & Relationships
There was a time that black people were legally forbidden to marry white people. These black people were falsely accused of all sorts of crime, unjustly imprisoned, sham trials, and many even murdered (many by lynching). However, in order to exercise our natural right to marry, we fought for the “right” to be allowed to be in a relationship and marry regardless of our skin color.
Many people were fearful of dying, but they risked their lives to be with the person they loved and to exercise their natural rights. If not for overcoming fear, we would still be forced to with who we are “allowed” to be with.
There was a time that black people where it was illegal for black people (and women) to vote. We were even counted as 3/5 of a person. Imagine that. However, many people (white and black) fought tirelessly for black people to have the right to vote. Many people lost their lives. Were they afraid that they might die for a greater good? Of course. Did that fear stop them from fighting for the right for their voice to be heard? Thankfully no! These freedom fighters were sprayed with water hoses, beaten, lynched, burned (many times by the government) yet they persisted.
If we listen to the logic of the elites, out of fear, we still wouldn’t be allowed to vote (which they probably wouldn’t mind.)
Segregation & Discrimination
There was a time (less than 60 years ago) that black people were not allowed to shop or eat at certain establishments, had to use separate entrances, sit on the back of the bus, attend separate schools, and much more. There were many people who stood up to this type of injustice. Many of these people were also sprayed with water hoses, burned, lynched, and murdered in other heinous and indescribable ways but that didn’t stop them. Were they fearful? Of course, they were! Did they not fight for their rights as well as the rights of millions of others because of this fear? Thankfully not!
However, we would be lead to believe that because they might have died, they shouldn’t have fought for their rights and the greater good of equality.
Self Defense & Preservation
Gun control stemmed out of the racist idea that black people were not intelligent enough, trustworthy enough, etc to be able to own guns. Seems more like it was for the ability to keep control, “tame,” and “bring to heel” black people when they fought against oppression.
However, we also overcame that those times. Now, we have the RIGHT to be able to protect ourselves from gang members, drug dealers, drug addicts, burglars, kidnappers, sexual assaulters, rapist, racists, Nazis, KKK members, and any government who would try to enslave us AGAIN.
If it were up to the Joy Reids of the world, we should continue to allow everyone else to walk all over us since we don’t have the same type of platform, money, or security that she is able to afford to protect her right to say and think whatever she wants.
Due to one weird incident at Starbucks with a hypothetically added scenario and the unfortunate handling of the Philando Castile traffic stop, we are to believe that we, as black people, should give up our rights to be able to protect ourselves. Despite the fact that many black people are legally armed, endure traffic stops, properly handle the situation, and come out alive, one unfortunate situation is enough to cause fear to not be able to protect ourselves.
The logic doesn’t make any sense. We are told that police are actively looking for unarmed black men to shoot, therefore we as black people shouldn’t be armed. If they are looking to kill us whether armed or unarmed, why should we give up our rights as AMERICANS to be able to protect ourselves?
We can’t give up our rights out of fear. Fear is what stops progress. If we are to give up our Second Amendment right because of fear rather than train ourselves to overcome fear, then we will soon be asked to give up our First Amendment right that out of the consequences of our thoughts and beliefs, someone might kill us.
Maybe we’ll be forced to give up our Fourth Amendment right against unlawful search and seizure out of fear that the police or government will imprison us or maybe even kill us if we require them to produce a warrant.
Maybe we’ll be forced to give up our Fifth Amendment right against incriminating ourselves due to fear that some police officers and government officials have previously beaten and sometimes killed people in order to get a confession.
We’ve fought so long and so hard for equality that we can’t go backward. All the rights that we are naturally born with, we had to fight for each and every one of them over a span of centuries. Yet, we would be lead to believe that because some people will actively try to oppress and suppress our rights, sometimes even leading to death, we should give up those rights. That is not acceptable.
I would encourage EVERYONE to overcome their fear and exercise their rights. Learn to love your rights and through that, you will be able to defend yourselves and your family from all the types of evil that wait around the corner.