‘The Second: Race and Guns in a Fatally Unequal America’

Emory University historian Carol Anderson discusses the racist roots of the Second Amendment and how Black Americans' gun rights have been restricted.

Emory University historian CAROL ANDERSON argues that the origins of the Second Amendment were based more on a “fundamental fear of Black people” than fear of government tyranny. The “well-regulated militia” clause was more reflective of white colonists wanting to police Black people and wanting to be armed because they feared slave revolts. Guest host Tracey Matisak talks with Anderson about why Black Americans’ gun rights have always been restricted. Her new book is The Second: Race and Guns in a Fatally Unequal America.

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