Magazine January 24, 2022, Issue

The Black Experience and the Second Amendment

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Our right to keep and bear arms was never a pro-slavery plot

As with so much that has fallen under the 1619 Project’s increasingly expansive gaze, the problem with its meditation on the history of the right to keep and bear arms is not that it is uniformly false, but that it is overzealous.

That Americans have often ignored the black experience when evaluating the country’s past is, tragically, true. That this deficiency has applied as much to the promises made by the Constitution as to anything else is true as well. And yet, pace Nikole Hannah-Jones and co., it is not possible for the United States to remedy these inadequacies with overcorrection.

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