Armed Black men and women escort Michigan lawmaker to capitol

Nutball gun-toting white demonstrators tried to intimidate lawmakers. The next day, voters from Lansing, Michigan showed up to escort their first Black representative to work at the Capitol.


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A black lawmaker came to Michigan’s capitol with an escort of armed black citizens on Wednesday, days after white protesters with guns staged a volatile protest inside the state house, comparing the Democratic governor’s public health orders to “tyranny”.

The state representative Sarah Anthony, 36, said she wanted to highlight what she saw as the failure of the Michigan capitol police to provide legislators with adequate security during the protest, which saw demonstrators with rifles standing in the legislative chamber above lawmakers.

“When traditional systems, whether it’s law enforcement or whatever, fail us, we also have the ability to take care of ourselves,” she told the Guardian. Anthony became the first African American woman elected to represent her district in Lansing, Michigan’s capital, in 2018.

There was a time when the labor unions of Detroit would have marched on the state capitol to defend elected lawmakers from gun-toting rabble trying to shut down democracy. They marched against Nazis. They marched against the KKK. Representative Anthony is fortunate she has individuals in her district who are willing and ready to stand up against attempts at intimidation.

5 thoughts on “Armed Black men and women escort Michigan lawmaker to capitol

  1. Flashback says:

    “The Mulford Act was a 1967 California bill that repealed a law allowing public carrying of loaded firearms. Named after Republican assemblyman Don Mulford, and signed into law by then governor of California, Ronald Reagan, the bill was crafted in response to members of the Black Panther Party who were lawfully conducting armed patrols of Oakland neighborhoods, in what would later be termed copwatching. They garnered national attention after Black Panthers members, bearing arms, marched upon the California State Capitol to protest the bill” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mulford_Act
    “The NRA Supported Gun Control When the Black Panthers Had the Weapons :Back in the 1960s, even the NRA supported gun control to disarm the group.” https://www.history.com/news/black-panthers-gun-control-nra-support-mulford-act

  2. About face says:

    “About 1,000 heavily armed militia, all of whom were Black, marched through Georgia’s Stone Mountain Park on Saturday, challenging white nationalist groups in the area to either come out and fight or join them in demonstrating against the government.
    Stone Mountain State Park officials said the Black militia group was peaceful, orderly and escorted by police as they called for the removal of the country’s largest Confederate monument near Atlanta.” https://www.newsweek.com/armed-black-demonstrators-challenge-white-supremacist-militia-georgias-stone-mountain-park-1515494
    Video: https://www.wsbtv.com/news/local/dekalb-county/armed-protesters-march-through-georgias-stone-mountain-park/T3EYQUS3BNFN5FDCNHVCHWMLAA/

    …One video clip showed a leader of the demonstrators, who was not identified, shouting into a loudspeaker in a challenge to white supremacists who historically have used Stone Mountain as a rallying spot of their own.
    “I don’t see no white militia,” he declared. “We’re here. Where … you at? We’re in your house. Let’s go.” https://www.reuters.com/article/us-global-race-usa-stone-mountain/predominantly-black-armed-protesters-march-through-confederate-memorial-park-in-georgia-idUSKBN24605G

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