Sunday, August 1, 2010
Is the NRA Racist?
Commenter TS demands I show my contentention the NRA is racist is true.
Now, most every organization likely has racist members; this point is frequently made by NRA quislings in an attempt to explain away the NRA's racism. And it's true that one can find racists in the armed services or various businesses or civic groups--but that doesn't mean that organization is racist. In order for a group or organization to be racist, it must be demonstrated that the leadership condones and/or advocates racist views. So, with this premise, let's look at the NRA.
1. Leadership condones racist views. I'm sure most readers are familiar with this article detailing the racism of NRA Board members Ted Nugent and Jeff Cooper. Here's a speech by Charlton Heston that got great reviews by David Duke and StormFront. There are many, many other examples; the bottomline is that these racist views weren't expressed by some blowhard rank-and-file NRA member--they were from the top of the NRA leadership.
2. Freedom In Peril The NRA at first tried to deny they had anything to do with this bit of racist propaganda. Per this tract, it's pretty apparent the NRA doesn't like any minority---even lobsters.
3. Gun Shows and White Supremacists. NRA-sponsored gun shows often have vendors selling Nazi paraphernalia, white supremacist books (The Turner Diaries, etc.) and materials, and various conspiract theory materials.
4. NRA Association With White Supremacist Groups. The NRA has associated with known racist groups such as the Council of Conservative Citizens (CofCC), the Minuteman Project and various other white supremacist groups.
There's no smoke here--only fire.