The ACLU has gone from a once respected institution fighting for liberties agreed upon by Americans to a far-left wing of the progressive agenda.
Now, they are taking fire for essentially calling the 2nd Amendment racist.
“Racism is foundational to the Second Amendment and its inclusion in the Bill of Rights,” the ACLU said on Twitter. “Learn more from experts Carol Anderson and Charles Howard Candler on this episode of the At Liberty podcast.”
The ACLU weighed in with an astounding statement:
“Throughout the history of this country, the rhetoric of gun rights has been selectively manipulated and utilized to inflame white racial anxiety, and to frame Blackness as an inherent threat,” the ACLU said.
The comments received serious pushback.
“The ACLU is now waging war on the Bill of Rights,” wrote journalist and author Glenn Greenwald. “ACLU’s position on the Second Amendment has always been nuanced: it’s an important constitutional protection, but one that’s collective, not individual. Now they’re full on proclaiming parts of the Bill of Rights to be racist.”
The ACLU also said there is inherent “anti-blackness” in the 2nd amendment, and how it is applied.
“With 233 mass shootings so far this year, the issue of gun violence in the U.S. is all too familiar,” the ACLU said. “Tragic events like the Pulse nightclub and Parkland shootings go from being media spectacles to quotidian events at an alarming rate in a country that often heralds the Second Amendment above meaningful safety for all its citizens. The vigilantism of widespread gun ownership puts Black Americans in an especially vulnerable position given the brutality and human cost of discriminatory policing. The gun violence epidemic continues to spark debate about the Second Amendment and who has a right to bear arms. But often absent in these debates is the intrinsic anti-Blackness of the unequal enforcement of gun laws, and the relationship between appeals to gun rights and the justification of militia violence.”
The comments continued to take backlash.
“Whatever your thoughts on the 2nd Amendment, it’s just unreal that the ACLU has gotten to the point of openly criticizing the Bill of Rights,” reporter Matthew Wade wrote on Twitter.