ALTERNATE TITLE: Black Pundit Buys Gun Because Orange Man Bad
Soloman Jones writes for the Philly Inquirer. Recently he published this:
In the first half of 2020, gun purchases by African Americans increased by 58% over the same period last year. That’s a bigger increase than any other group, according to a study by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the firearm industry’s trade organization.
Though I spent my teen years in North Philly during the rise of crack-driven violence in the ’80s and ’90s, I’ve never been a proponent of guns. Not because I was against their use. I just never believed I needed one.
I still believe I’m fairly safe among Black people. I think my family is, too. However, in a time of economic and medical strife, with a president who regularly engages in racial rhetoric that paints Black and brown people as the other, I’m concerned about what the future may hold. To be blunt, President Trump has emboldened America’s racists, and I’ve come to the conclusion that it would be irresponsible to leave my family defenseless.
Okay, Mr. Jones, I’m gonna stop you right there. In terms of violent homicides, the number one (with a bullet) demographic for homicide victims is Black males. And the most likely perpetrators of homicide are (drumroll please) Black males! Your odds of being murdered by a white man are about the same as my odds of winning the lottery.
While I continue to feel safe in my home and community, America as a whole has grown increasingly dangerous for Black people under the leadership of Donald Trump. At first it was just rhetoric that painted Mexicans as criminals and rapists. Then it was the notion that there were very fine people among the Neo-Nazis who marched to protect a Confederate monument in Charlottesville. Then it was the assertion that Black people came from shithole countries, that monuments to slavery should be protected, and most recently, that federal agents should be called in to quell protests against racism.
All of this has emboldened those who hate Black people. We’ve seen their racist actions as they’ve called the police on Blacks for perceived infractions like barbecuing, or sleeping, or birdwatching while black. We’ve seen white supremacists like Dylann Roof commit mass murders against Black people. We’ve seen them challenge government in places like Michigan with heavily armed protests that looked more like Klan rallies than demonstrations against coronavirus restrictions.
There is enough bullshit in those two paragraphs to fill a dairy poop lagoon. Jones must have pulled that first claim out of his ass because there is no data showing increased risk for Black people. That is followed by two zombie lies – Trump never said that Mexicans were rapists and he never said that Nazis were very fine people.
The “shithole countries” kerfluffler is based on an unsubstantiated allegation and it seems kinda hypocritical to defend illegal immigrants by saying that they are coming here to escape horrible living conditions and then bash Trump for describing those horrible conditions as “shitholes.”
To the best of my knowledge, we have never had any monuments to slavery and Trump’s position is that there is a process for such things and we should not let mobs decide what should be destroyed.
I don’t have an explanation for the Karens who call the cops but I’m not sure if it is a new problem or just one that is getting more attention. Either way, I don’t see a causal link to Donald Trump, especially when you consider that some of them are liberal Democrats.
Dylann Roof is a seriously disturbed individual who committed his crimes in 2015 before Trump took office.
As for the lockdown protests, I didn’t see any white hoods or burning crosses. Not to mention that the KKK was a Democrat organization. I guess any group of white conservatives looks like a Klan rally to some people.
I hope I never have to use my gun to protect my family, especially since Black people who are legal gun owners risk being harmed by police who see them as threats to be eliminated rather than citizens to be assisted.
Once again, Jones seems to have reached into his ass for that claim. On the other hand, I do not have any problem with Soloman Jones owning a gun. The same goes for any responsible adult.