I’m trying to decide if David Hogg is:
- the thing parents fear they’ll get back at semester break when they send their kids to private colllege
- A parody account rejected by Babylon Bee and Titania McGrath as “too over the top”.
One thing he is? Evidence of “white supremacy”. He’s using up a seat at Harvard that a deserving Asian kid didn’t get.
The vision of gay slaves and Seminoles sitting in orange T-shirts and ELCA hair waving signs in safe white neighborhoods in Eagan, in 1820 (“centuries ago”) almost made me chuckle.
Erin Palette, with Pink Pistols, s not amused, and lights the little fop up but good.
while the colonists and early citizens of the United States were well-armed and saw virtually no restrictions on what arms they could own or when they could carry or use them in a peaceful manner, this was not true for all inhabitants of the land. Many people of color were brought to this country as slaves, and as property, they had no rights. Furthermore, free persons of color and Native Americans were often prevented by law from owning firearms.
Such gun control as Hogg champions would have hurt those fighting slavery. Abolitionists were highly unpopular and threatened with violence or worse. Rev. Elijah Parish Lovejoy, publisher of the abolitionist newspaper The Saint Louis Observer, was murdered by a pro-slavery mob who shot him before destroying his new printing press. Members of the Underground Railroad needed to protect themselves from law enforcement and bounty hunters enforcing fugitive slave laws, and so were often armed. The most famous example of these is Harriet Tubman, who carried a pistol for self defense while escorting runaway slaves to freedom.
While the 14th Amendment eliminated some of this discrimination, many additional laws were passed to keep people of color, the poor, and other “undesirables” from owning or carrying arms as part of the many Jim Crow laws of the time. Some of these statutes have survived to the present day, such as the North Carolina Pistol Purchase Permit. It requires that an applicant be of “good moral character” despite the fact that “The term ‘good moral character’ is not defined in our statutes nor is there a case specifically on point as to what constitutes good moral character for purposes of a pistol purchase permit.”
Needless to say, being a person of color was ample reason to deny a permit under these circumstances. Most famously, in 1950 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, applied for an Alabama concealed-weapon permit after receiving death threats. He was, of course, denied. In the 1960s, California’s Mulford Act banned the open carry of firearms as a direct reaction to members of the Black Panthers patrolling minority neighborhoods while visibly armed.
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Between Hogg and Matt Yglesias, I’m starting to think a Harvard degree, outside of hard sciences and medicine, should be considered a disqualifieer.