Originally published in Facebook, on my timeline.
Every outlet of the press is eating up the emo radiating from the Bethel AME Church in Charleston, SC, where the horrific murders of nine people took place. WE should mourn, yes. We can even begin to think about political implications, too, now.
Political implications generally begin with historical review, so let's look at the AME Church and see what it's politics have been, over the years.
This particular Church started out in 1865. Some say it was organized in 1860, but given that SC was a Pro-Slave state at that time, It's unlikely. There were few SC black "freedmen" then, and those who were free, usually didn't make the sort of waves necessary to start a church.
In 1965, the South lost the Civil War, and was invaded by occupiers, some from the Union Army, but more were the opportunists known locally as "carpetbaggers", many of whom came to the South to cram the North's victory down Southern throats. You must realize that while there were more freedmen then (technically, all negroes were free then), nowhere had these freedmen actually been freed, even in the North, because segregation of the races was still the rule. A few blacks were used as political standard-bearers by the Re-Constructionists ("reconstruction" was an odd word for the occupation of the South, because these Northerners were there to finish General Sherman's job of pillaging the South, and they did NO reconstruction of any sort).
Part of "reconstruction" was directing the blacks into their own, segregated churches, and that's when the African Methodist-Episcopal Churches were formed. The leaders of these churches were given a pro-forma way to pray, a pro-forma education for their pastors, and even the vestments of the pastors were standardized. One moment, nothing, then BOOM! organized religion for the blacks. Who pulled all those puppet strings? Those same reconstructionists who were still pillaging the South.
The reconstructionists (carpetbaggers) found resentment wherever they went in the South, so for their own protection, they allied themselves with local politicians. Politicians are known for selling their souls, so selling their culture out was easy. When enough of these bonds had been formed, the birth of the Dixiecrats was underway. Along with the Dixiecrats came the KKK. Along with the KKK came terrorist methods of instilling fear, in the blacks, as a way to keep them from actually getting any value from their free status. The "sharecropping" system of agriculture was developed, and it was difficult to tell from slavery. The sharecroppers were paid pittance wages for their work, but they had to buy everything from the farmers, and saved nothing.
As citizens, blacks were entitled to own guns, but the Dixiecrats saw that as a bad thing, so various laws were passed barring blacks from bearing arms. This policy was preached as "good" from the AME Churches, which by the mid 1870's, had become models of the white-controlled behavior of blacks. In fact, pretty much everything the KKK wanted was sold to the blacks via their AME Churches. Whenever an AME Church defied the KKK/Dixiecrat alliance, the Church was usually burned. That happened to Charleston's Bethel AME twice. They got the "message".
Today's AME Churches are still beholden to/puppets of the successors to the Dixiecrats, which faded away in the 1960's due to the Civil Rights movement. Those successors are today's Democratic Party. It is ironic that even after today's blacks have achieved some level of parity with whites and other races in the USA, they still parrot the old political garbage, and foremost among those scraps of political offal is "No Guns for Negroes".
In Portland, the Emeritus Pastor of the AME Church is Rev. Leroy Haynes. Just listen to the Reverend trash the Second Amendment, even as his congregants are getting murdered in their dozens every year by black thugs, he still preaches "No Guns for Negroes". He has had to expand that a bit, so he's really preaching "No Guns for Anyone" today.
It's all History folks, look it up if you don't believe me. Download JPFO's fine book, "No Guns for Negroes", where everything I have just said is documented.