Blacks Open Carry To Protest Police Violence, Is That The Best Way To Send A Message?

August 25, 2014

Black gun groups in Texas are open carrying to protest against police violence. The Huey P. Newton Gun Club conducted an open carry march through South Dallas with their shotguns and AR-15s, walking through a restaurant as police officers calmly ate their lunch nearby. "The recent murders of unarmed black, brown, and whites across the United States of America has eradicated trust in the police," the club's website reads.  Are the gun club members using the right tactics to call attention to the problems of the militarization and heavy-handed tactics of the police?

The Freedom Report podcast today takes on the issue of violence and culture, examining recent tragic events in Ferguson, Missouri with the reactions of protesters along with a historical anecdote from the Black Panther Party's history. Is this recent open carry march in Texas the start of a trend of black people standing up for themselves and expressing their right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness?

Also, putting aside the issue of institutional racism, which we can debate later; do blacks suffer from a low self-image? What does a little experiment on schoolchildren in 1968 tell us about how racism and self esteem affect our self image and ability to perform tasks to the best of our ability? Can this protest by the Huey P. Newton Gun Club be a positive example of how to assert?

All that and more on the Freedom Report podcast!

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