June 25, 2011

Chicago police chief: NRA, Sarah Palin "racist"

The town that Hawkeye Pierce just had to get spare ribs from has a new police chief, and he has ... some interesting views on guns and race. He said that "the accessibility to firearms in America is an extension 'of government-sponsored racism' that goes back to the days of slavery and Jim Crow."

That's pretty interesting, considering that lack of access to firearms in large measure prevented blacks from protecting themselves in the face of government-sponsored racism:

The need for blacks to carry arms for self-defense included not only the problem of Indian attack, and the normal criminal attacks that anyone might worry about, but he additional hazard that free blacks were in danger of being kidnapped and sold into slavery. [26] A number of states, including Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, and Wisconsin, passed laws specifically to prohibit kidnapping of free blacks, out of concern that the federal Fugitive Slave Laws would be used as cover for re-enslavement. [27]

The end of slavery in 1865 did not eliminate the problems of racist gun control laws; the various Black Codes adopted after the Civil War required blacks to obtain a license before carrying or possessing firearms or Bowie knives; these are sufficiently well-known that any reasonably complete history of the Reconstruction period mentions them. These restrictive gun laws played a part in the efforts of the Republicans to get the Fourteenth Amendment ratified, because it was difficult for night riders to generate the correct level of terror in a victim who was returning fire. [28] It does appear, however, that the requirement to treat blacks and whites equally before the law led to the adoption of restrictive firearms laws in the South that were equal in the letter of the law, but unequally enforced. It is clear that the vagrancy statutes adopted at roughly the same time, in 1866, were intended to be used against blacks, even though the language was race-neutral. [29]

In 1920, the Ohio Supreme Court upheld the conviction of a Mexican for concealed carry of a handgun--while asleep in his own bed. Justice Wanamaker's scathing dissent criticized the precedents cited by the majority in defense of this absurdity:

I desire to give some special attention to some of the authorities cited, supreme court decisions from Alabama, Georgia, Arkansas, Kentucky, and one or two inferior court decisions from New York, which are given in support of the doctrines upheld by this court. The southern states have very largely furnished the precedents. It is only necessary to observe that the race issue there has extremely intensified a decisive purpose to entirely disarm the negro, and this policy is evident upon reading the opinions. [33]

Yep, Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy believes that the federal government is "facilitating" the flow of [illegal] firearms into black communities and as such is "killing our black and brown children." Indeed, the firearms are doing that themselves. And then, McCarthy inexplicably ties Sarah Palin into the whole mix:

McCarthy illustrated his point by recalling a crime scene investigation while he was a police official in Newark, New Jersey where five children were shot, two of whom were killed. McCarthy said when he got home, he turned on his television to unwind and found an episode of "Sarah Palin's Alaska" showing.

"She was caribou hunting and talking about the right to bear arms. Why wasn't she at the crime scene with me?"

W-w-w-whaaa ...??

Here's the video:

Posted by Hube at June 25, 2011 11:03 AM | TrackBack

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My standard response to being called racist (usually by a student) is to say "Yeah", shrug my shoulders, and tell the person to deal with it. They are usually so flabbergasted that I've not been put on the defensive that it ends the argument.

Posted by: Rhymes With Right at June 25, 2011 03:49 PM

That is some twisting-yourself-into-a-pretzel non-logic right there.

What a tool.

Posted by: W.R. Chandler at June 26, 2011 02:11 AM

Because caribou hunting is clearly the same thing as shooting children. That this guy is the head of the CPD speaks volumes about how screwed up things are there.

Posted by: Duffy at June 26, 2011 07:55 AM

You are exactly right, Duffy -- especially since the meat from your typical urban child would be very low quality compared to that from a caribou. :)

Posted by: Rhymes With Right at June 26, 2011 03:18 PM

Did you notice whose church he was attending? Rev. Michael Pfleger, a buddy of Rev. Wright. Pfleger was also the one who was caught on tape mocking Hillary as a racist in 2008 campaign by saying "there is a black man taking my job!".

Posted by: AJ Lynch at June 28, 2011 08:46 AM

Good catch, AJ. I didn't realize that.

Posted by: Hube at June 28, 2011 12:13 PM