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The Second Amendment and Anti-Blackness

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EGPS Work Group for Racial Equity Discussion Group

Professor Carol Anderson

Monday, Tuesday January 18, 2022 from 8:30-9:45pm. (Eastern Time US & Canada)

The Second Amendment to the US Constitution – the “right” to bear arms – is cited by political persuasions on the right and left. It is central the American obsession with guns and gun violence. Professor Carol Anderson exposes the deep racial hypocrisy at the roots of the second amendment: it has been consistently used to control and terrorize Black people. In her analysis, the second amendment is about anti-Blackness, not guns.


How do we understand the relationship between guns and self-protection?

How do we react to Black empowerment and White vigilantism?

What is our responsibility as citizens in a society rife with gun violence?

Are gun rights civil rights? Human rights?


Consider these questions as you read The Second: Race and Guns in a Fatally Unequal America or listen to interviews with Dr. Anderson.

Please purchase her book from your local bookstore, an independent bookstore, or through Dr. Anderson’s website: https://www.professorcarolanderson.org/the-second

Podcasts and interviews:

Brian Leher Show: http://www.wnyc.org/story/professor-carol-anderson-rittenhouse-verdict/

interview on “Democracy Now” https://www.professorcarolanderson.org/the-second

Politics and Prose bookstore Carol Anderson interview with Rashawn Ray https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=idWso0vFqJE

The recent trial of white vigilante Kyle Rittenhouse illustrates the contemporary racist application of second amendment “rights” (read or listen to Paige Williams’ “Kyle Rittenhouse, American Vigilante” https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2021/07/05/kyle-rittenhouse-american-vigilante.


Join us on Tuesday January 18, 2022 from 8:30-9:45pm.


The event is free, but you need to register in order to attend:




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The Work Group for Racial Equity a "drop in group" for EGPS members and not-yet members. You are invited to participate whenever you can.   We meet monthly on the third Tuesday evening of the month to discuss relevant books, films, podcasts and articles. Further information can be found on the EGPS website at https://egps.org/work-group-racial-equity.php



Time: Tuesday, January 18th, 8:30 pm - 9:45 pm

Contact #1: Christine Schmidt

Contact #2: Rudy Lucas

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