A Shocker From NPR: ‘Guns Made the Civil Rights Movement Possible’Posted: June 10, 2014
On Thursday afternoon’s Tell Me More talk show, host Michel Martin brought on Charles Cobb, who wrote the book This Nonviolent Stuff’ll Get You Killed: How Guns Made The Civil Rights Movement Possible. She called it a “hiding in plain sight story” and asked why he wrote the book:
COBB: I’m very conscious of the gaps in the history, and one important gap in the history and the portrayal of the movement is the role of guns in the movement. I worked in the South. I lived with families in the South. There was never a family I stayed with that didn’t have a gun. I know from personal experience and the experiences of others that guns kept people alive, kept communities safe. And all you have to do to understand this is simply think of black people as human beings, and they’re going to respond to terrorism the way anybody else would….
MARTIN: Why do you think we don’t know more stories like this?
COBB: Well, I think because the story of black people in general and the civil rights movement in the United States is incompletely told. So there’s a lot we don’t know, and the movement, meaning the southern freedom movement, has become so defined. The narrative of the movement has become so defined by nonviolence that anything presented outside of that narrative framework really isn’t paid much attention to….(read more)
[HT: Dan Gainor]
- Quick Reads: “This Nonviolent Stuff’ll Get You Killed” by Charles Cobb (motherjones.com)
- Author: 2nd Amendment Made Civil Rights Movement Possible (breitbart.com)
- Book Excerpt: The Civil Rights Movement Was Sometimes Armed – and Not Always Nonviolent (theroot.com)
- Professor explains how guns made the Civil Rights movement possible (AUDIO) (guns.com)
- Professor explains how guns made the Civil Rights movement possible (fromthetrenchesworldreport.com)