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AIICC - The White Nationalist Basis of the Second Amendment
The white settlers’ violent appropriation of Native lands was inscribed as an individual right in the Second Amendment of the Constitution, second only to freedom of speech. Male colonial settlers had long formed militias to raid and raze Indigenous communities, seizing their lands and resources. The continuing significance of that right reveals the settler-colonialist cultural roots of the United States that appear even in the present as a sacred right. Settler-militias and armed households were institutionalized for the destruction and control of Native peoples, communities, and nations. With the expansion of plantation agriculture by the late 1600s they were also used as slave patrols, forming the basis of the US police culture after chattel slavery ended. That is the inseparable other half of the settler-colonial reality that is implicit in the Second Amendment. Seventy-four percent of gun owners in the US are male, and 82 percent of gun owners are white, which means that 61 percent of adults who own guns are white men, and this group accounts for 31 percent of the total U.S. population. The top reason US Americans give for owning a gun is for protection. What are the majority of white men so afraid of?

Mar 25, 2021 02:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Dr. Roxanne Dunbar-Ortíz
Professor Emeritus @CSU East Bay
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz grew up in rural Oklahoma, child of a tenant farmer. She is a veteran of the Sixties revolution, organizing against the US war in Vietnam, US imperialism, racism, South African Aparteid , and for workers’ rights and was aone of the founders of the Women’s Liberaiton Movement in the late 1960s. Since 1973, she has worked with Indigneous communites for sovereignty and land rights and helped build the international Indigneous participation in United Nations fora. A historian, writer, and professor emeritus in Native American Studies at California State University, she is author or editor of fifteen books, including An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States, Roots of Resistance: A History of Land Tenure in New Mexico; Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment; and forthcoming in August 2021, Not “A Nation of Immigrants” Settler Colonialism, White Supremacy, and a History of Exlusion and Erasure.