Okay — it’s time to deal with the National Rifle Association’s Dana Loesch and her days-ago quote that still has people arguing.
Many in legacy media love mass shootings. You guys love it.
She then creatively teased the race card …
Now I’m not saying that you love the tragedy. But I am saying that you love the ratings. Crying white mothers are ratings gold to you and many in the legacy media …
… before slamming it down on the podium and making all sides of the debate table lose it, albeit for very different reasons:
And notice I said ‘crying white mothers’ because there are thousands of grieving black mothers in Chicago every weekend, and you don’t see town halls for them, do you … … Where’s the CNN town hall for Chicago? Where’s the CNN town hall for sanctuary cities?
The Black mothers in Chicago.
I have to admit — that was a ninja-type move. But we’ve seen this trick before. I’ll get to that in a moment.
Plenty of Black folks I know who never jocked the NRA responded with “Dang, [Loesch] is right!” as they recall recurring examples of the mainstream media overlooking problems in the Black community — until those problems hit White America.
Through Loesch’s eyes, that kind of response is the positive step for the NRA.
I also know plenty of Liberal White people who responded to Loesch’s statement like sore losers at a game of Spades and were ready to flip over the table. And that probably happened in a few households.
Some of you on the Fragmented Left will have all kinds of descriptors for the NRA: “KKK reincarnated,” “President Trump’s political action committee,” “domestic terrorists” and others.
But if you ask the NRA why they’re shouting out the Black mothers of Chicago, their simple answer would be: “We’re a civil rights organization and defenders of the Second Amendment.”
Even if you thought the NRA is down with civil rights, your theory was smashed through the earth on July 16, 2016 when the organization couldn’t seem to speak up after Philando Castile appears to be executed by St. Anthony, Minnesota cop Jeronimo Yanez:
The NRA is more like an interest group for the gun industry — and the gun industry simply wants to sell guns.
Therefore, the NRA helps the gun industry sell guns.
Caterpillar caps and Country music are important to the NRA because the industry’s most lucrative market for guns at the moment has people in it who like Caterpillar caps and Country Music.
If America turned Black overnight and became the most lucrative market, the gun industry would sell roscoes with the red, black and green grip, and the NRA would sell matching jackets alongside Al Green CDs. Migos for the younger set.
I’ll take you back to a piece written by Northwestern University professor Martha Biondi, where she recalled a 2012 event hosted by the NRA in the South Side of Chicago. The event brought up images of Black Nationalism to gather pro-gun legislative support among African Americans. They featured a screening of the Robert F. Williams’ documentary Negroes with Guns(!) and positioned the film’s subject as an American hero.
The organization many of you would say is Conservative; drafted the 1920’s Uniform Firearms Act that left it up to the states to grant gun permits (ha, you know how the rest of that story went for Black people); supported the 1968 Gun Control Act after the Black Panthers found a place for guns in their daily meetups with Bay Area cops; but boldly supported a 1960s-70s Black Nationalist to support the organization’s “guns everywhere” agenda?
The NRA has also praised Otis McDonald, an African descendant who fought Chicago’s gun laws — and won.
The mystery is over. Dana Loesch’s race card was really a business card. The NRA will continue its outreach to people of color and younger people.
And if bringing up Chicago mothers helps to sell more guns, well …
song currently stuck in my head: “friendly galaxy” – sun ra