NAACP urges ‘black people’ to take up arms

Arkansas black leaders are urging fellow minorities to take up arms, join gun clubs and help curb what they perceive as unjustified violence from police – the latest of many such call-to-arms among members of the black community.

“Law enforcement has to understand, you cannot do what you please when you see us,” said Crittenden County NAACP chief, Shabaka Afrika, in a news conference reported by WTOC.

Crittenden County Justice Commission founder Hubert Bass said locals ought to become better educated, especially about their constitutional rights, and should join gun clubs.

“We’re going to study law,” he said. “What our rights are. We also want to be looking at our constitutional rights in carrying weapons. All police encounters need to be recorded. It’s unfortunate it has to be that way. But it has to be that way.”

Afrika emphasized the NAACP was “not against law enforcement. We need law enforcement. But it has to be accountable,” he said, WTOC reported.

The news conference was called by Afrika and Bass to discuss the shootings of blacks by white police officers around the nation. It comes on the heels of a call by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference just a few weeks ago for blacks around the nation to arm themselves and exercise their Second Amendment rights.

“You know, the SCLC stands for nonviolence,” said Rev. Samuel Mosteller, the president of the Georgia-based group, the news blog Hello Beautiful reported. “But nonviolence hasn’t worked in this instance. You stand there, [police] shoot. You run, they shoot. We’re going to have to take a different tack. Nobody is protecting the black community. I am going to have to advocate, at this point, that all African-Americans [exercise] their Second Amendment rights.”

His call-to-arms came shortly after police in Smyrna, Georgia, shot to death a black man they claimed tried to run them over with his Maserati.

The sentiment has been echoed by other black leaders.

The president of the Universal Negro Improvement Association, Senghor Baye appeared on “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio” and referred to a shooting of two police officers in Ferguson, Missouri, as a “what comes around, goes around” moment, as WND previously reported.

He said then: “We do not condone shooting police officers or police officers creating brutality against the people. But it’s very important for people to understand that some people who are oppressed and down-pressed don’t have many ways of getting the kind of justice that they deserve. So things of this nature are bound to happen eventually.”

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