Negroes with Guns

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Wayne State University Press, 1962 - History - 89 pages
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First published in 1962, Negroes with Guns is the story of a southern black community's struggle to arm itself in self-defense against the Ku Klux Klan and other racist groups. Frustrated and angered by violence condoned or abetted by the local authorities against blacks, the small community of Monroe, North Carolina, brought the issue of armed self-defense to the forefront of the civil rights movement. Under the leadership of Robert F. Williams (1925-1996), Monroe became the test case of the right of blacks to armed self-defense when law and order broke down. The single most important intellectual influence on Huey P. Newton, the founder of the Black Panther Party, Negroes with Guns is a classic story of a man who risked his life for democracy and freedom.

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Isn't that interesting that the Leftist intelligensia - as evidenced by the summary review here and what we know about the hegemony of Leftism in America - countenances the moral legitimacy of armed blacks in the struggle against "Ku Klux Klan and other racist groups" when the KKK was formed under similar circumstances! The KKK was an organic movement in the South against the imposition of black rule by the radicals in the party of Lincoln following their defeat in the Civil War. Yes, isn't that mighty fascinating that the resistance and heroism the KKK symbolized for southern whites for so long, a story even favorable to no less a powerful figure than Woodrow Wilson, could be delegitimized only decades later with a mirror image mythologization of black heroism against whites due to disempowering circumstances. This is why the so-called "civil rights movement" was the second defeat of the South. 


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Robert F. Williams left Cuba to live in the People's Republic of China from 1966-1969 before receiving safe passage home and a Ford Foundation grant to work at the Center for Chinese Studies at the University of Michigan.

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