You miss the author's point and misinterpret just about everything written above. Far from criticizing Malcolm X or the NAACP the author draws a parallel between 2nd Amendment supporters and figures from the Civil Rights Movement.He points out that they share common ground with regard to civil liberties, and suggests that both groups could benefit from reevaluating traditional views of their constituencies.The article was decidedly not Left/Right yet you purposefully introduce this bias in your opening sentence. To an reader interested in a worthwhile conversation about seemingly disparate civil rights groups your comment is partisan and unappreciated.
Who would have guessed that 238 years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, 149 years after the end of the Civil War and 50 years after the singing of the Civil Rights Act that Americans would still have to take to the streets to confront deadly government-backed tyranny to protect their freedom?
What are "intresting" in civil war? For the next 6 month civil war will destroy many of people. So we will see as it is very intresting for, keep this records...
A militarized police is inimical to civil society. That is actually all that needs to be noted and said. Americans have a choice: do they want a civil society which is open, unfearful and based on a presumption of friendliness or do they want to live under the heel of State-Thugs who are a law unto themselves and who regard everyone as a "potential suspect." I have no doubt that in the oft-crowed "land of the free and home of the brave" Americans will not choose the civil option. Moreover, any reader who accepts the characterization of non-police as "civilians" and who did not immediately choke over the term "potential suspect" has already bought into the double talk and non-think of the Orwellian Thug-Staat
Nick, thanks for your column. For Africans whose first visit to America was for college, we only became "black" when we got here. First impressions-we also did not understand why African Americans would be less successful than other Americans.Before arriving, Voice of America TV told me how wonderful the Framers of the US Constitution were (skipping the fact that some were slave owners) and about Lincoln's civil war (skipping how begrudging white America was in granting rights and equality after the war). So, I got to the US thinking, crudely, like some white Americans, that it was all the fault of African Americans. Then I learned how they were, and are, treated. A few anecdotes:An African friend of mine was discussing circuits during office hours with his perfectly nice (white) electrical engineering professor. While looking at his whiteboard, the professor suggested that my friend could remember which components to use with the mnemonic "Black Boys Rape Our Young Girls..." Then he turned around.I entered a NYC club and 3mins later, was accosted by a white lady who asked me if "you or anyone you know, has taken my purse...I need only my ID back for a test in the morning" There are white Americans who are among the kindest people I've ever met but there is a systemic legacy in America from the days of slavery where denying rights to own anything and subsequently civil rights to improve yourself, has created diseased family trees which often bear bad fruit.
How sadly fitting that the Republican resurgence in the South began with a Democratic president signing the Civil Rights Act and nears fulfillment after the first black president is elected. To say this is not about race is like saying the Civil War (i.e., for any native Southerners reading this, the War of Northern Aggression) was not about slavery.
"The Justice Dept. doesn't casually consider "a broader civil rights investigation to look at Ferguson's police practices at large". "LOL. Under Eric 'My People 'Holder? The man does nothing but order 'Civil Rights' investigations. There is nothing better for the Democrats than keeping their core constituency riled up.