Session 3: Saturday, June 2nd: 2:00 - 3:50pm
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment; Mumia Abu Jamal, Writing on the Wall: Selected Prison Writings of Mumia Abu-Jamal (edited by Johanna Fernandez); Patrick Anderson, “A Black Radical Defense of the Second Amendment"
While the NRA has monopolized the discussion of gun rights and the Second Amendment in mainstream public discourse, leftist perspectives on these issues provide a richer context for understanding not only the use of guns against the victims of slavery and colonialism but also the possible uses of guns by Black, Brown, and Indigenous resistance movements. Drawing on the Black Radical Tradition, Puerto Rican movements, and Indigenous resistance, this panel offers a reinterpretation of the relationship between guns, settler colonialism, and leftist organizing. In addition to establishing the connections between the NRA, the Second Amendment, and white supremacy, this panel explores the possibilities of using what Scott Crow calls “liberatory community armed self-defense” as one plank of a broader leftist strategy. By cultivating a realistic perspective on the colonial and racist “gun culture” of America, the Left’s use of armed self-defense can be re-thought in a new light. In the next few years, the Left must acknowledge oppressive gun violence and reflect on the uses of liberatory self-defense.