Who lost the debate Monday night? The American people.

Don’t let that split-screen fool you. Trump and Clinton are expressing the same ideas with different rhetoric – especially with regard to the black community. For instance, Trump’s call for “law and order” and “stop and frisk” is overtly racist. But most people fail to understand that Clinton’s call for “gun control” is also racist.

Historically, gun control has not been race-neutral. The Second Amendment prohibited black folks from owning guns because slave masters feared they would use them in revolts. In 1857, the Supreme Court in Dred Scott vs. Sanford stated that the “black man has no rights that the white man is bound to respect.” Part of the reason was because they feared blacks would start holding “public meetings on political affairs and to keep and carry arms wherever they want.”

In the 1960s, the Black Panthers would tote loaded weapons as they followed the police. This compelled California Governor Ronald Reagan to sponsor laws that prohibited guns in public. The “race riots” of the 1960s were blamed on the availability of guns – so Congress passed more gun control laws. Gun control has always been about containing the threats posed by blackness.

Clinton wants to keep guns out of the hands of “criminals” – but in America, blacks are disproportionately targeted by the criminal justice system. This is anti-black. More gun control laws will only give the police MORE power to terrorize black communities. In this regard, Trump and Clinton are similar: they both think blackness is a threat that needs to be contained.

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