Gun Ownership : Negroes with Guns : Rob Williams and Black Power

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  1. Akilah

    Akilah Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    The first African American civil rights leader to advocate armed resistance to racial oppression and violence, Robert F. Williams was born on February 26, 1925 in Monroe, North Carolina. The fourth of five children born to Emma Carter Williams and John Williams, Williams quickly learned to navigate the dangers of being black in the Deep South. The Ku Klux Klan was a powerful and feared force in Monroe, and the community where Williams grew up experienced regular brutalization at the hands of whites.

    Williams’ grandmother, a well-read and proud woman who was born a slave in Union County in 1858, taught Williams to cherish his heritage and to stand up for himself. Before she died, she presented her young grandson with his first gun, a rifle that had belonged to his grandfather, as a symbol of their family’s resistance against racial oppression.

    After high school Williams joined the Marines in hopes of being assigned to information services, where he could pursue journalism. Instead, he received a typical assignment given to African American Marines at that time: supply sergeant. Williams’ resistance to the Marine Corps’ racial discrimination earned him an “undesirable” discharge and he returned to Monroe.

    In 1956, Williams took over leadership of the local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), which was close to disbanding due to a relentless backlash by the Ku Klux Klan. Williams canvassed for new members and eventually expanded the branch from only six to more than 200 members.

    Williams also filed for a charter from the National Rifle Association (NRA) and formed the Black Guard, an armed group committed to the protection of Monroe’s black population. Members received weapons and physical training from Williams to prepare them to keep the peace and come to the aid of black citizens, whose calls to law enforcement often went unanswered.

    http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/negroeswithguns/rob.html

    http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/negroeswithguns/film.html
     
  2. brother Malik

    brother Malik Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Thanks for the lesson

    Great post as usual Akilah. I didn't know that. Thanks for the info.

    Malik
     
  3. Akilah

    Akilah Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    You are most welcome Brutha malik !
     
  4. dustyelbow

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    It is recognized that Rob Williams is another history telling moment in civil rights achievement. But he has did some deeds that would make him and his history used in a political slant for the Republican Party.

    Some links to author of Robert Williams biography, attacking another attempt at 'white liberal' revisionist history. Since the author emphasis this himself, would that make him a 'white conservative' or 'white moderate'?

    http://polyglot.lss.wisc.edu/aas/tyson.html

    Another symbolic feature is Robert Williams shaking hands with an alleged Chinese Communist forefather Mao and the State Department eagar for a debriefing from him.

    Why him in particular?

    The director and crew of the film.
    http://www.jou.ufl.edu/documentary/negroeswithguns/bios.asp

    Relationship with Jesse Helms, who happen to be the first Republican elected to the U.S. Senate from North Carolina in the twentieth century, signifying the Southern politics move to the Republican Party. And Jesse Helms 'allowed' him to be let go from vicious authorites. Very suspect.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jesse_Helms
    In 1972, Helms ran for and won a seat in the United States Senate, defeating Nick Galifianakis. Benefitting from Richard Nixon's landslide re-election, Helms became the first Republican elected to the U.S. Senate from North Carolina in the twentieth century. In 1978, he successfully defended his seat against state Insurance Commissioner John Ingram. In 1984, in one of the most expensive contests in North Carolina history, Helms narrowly defeated Governor Jim Hunt, thanks largely to (then-President) Ronald Reagan's support and status. In 1990 and in 1996, Helms won against Harvey Gantt, who had been mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina, thanks to a late-running ad appealing to racial tensions. Helms never won more than 53% of the vote, and he made no bones about the fact that he really only spoke for (or cared about) his older, conservative supporters.

    And lastly Black Power and Robert Williams is a part of the title. Who was one of their founders? Eldridge Cleaver who became a 'born-again' Republican. From CNN,
    http://www.cnn.com/US/9805/01/cleaver.late.obit/

    Quote from CNN,

    Cleaver became a born-again Christian, embraced anti-communism and made an unsuccessful run for the GOP nomination for a Senate seat in California. He said his "red fighting" was born from his experiences in communist countries during his years on the run.
    "I have taken an oath in my heart to oppose communism until the day I die," Cleaver told interviewers during his congressional campaign.


    We can make a simultaneous exchange with Robert Williams.

    Lastly the article.

    And now the NRA affiliation is like the icing on the cake.
     
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    i just read an article on his life for a class....i learned allot
     
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